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The Microbiome Approach to Weight Loss

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: How can keeping your microbiome healthy help you lose weight?
Air Date: 2/3/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Raphael Kellman, MD
Raphael-KellmanDr. Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet, is a pioneer in functional medicine who has a holistic and visionary approach to healing. In 17 years of practice, he has treated more than 40,000 patients, many of whom have come to him from all over the world and after suffering without help for years.

Dr. Kellman is driven by his desire to alleviate suffering and to help people regain health based on a new vision and understanding of healing and the causes of disease. As a doctor trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Kellman uses the latest drugs and technology to treat specific diseases but his approach to medicine is patient- centered and holistic. He focuses on the complex interaction of systems — not just the disease but on you as a whole person who is greater than the sum of your parts.

Dr. Kellman’s treatments are informed by his background in the philosophy of science, and administered with compassion and kindness. Drawing on the latest research, he addresses your biochemistry, metabolism, hormones, genetics, environment, emotions, and life circumstances to help you achieve optimal health.

Dr. Kellman attended received post-graduate training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and St. John’s Hospital, and conducted Cancer research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. He serves as Holistic Medical Director for Health Check in Bay Ridge, and Queens, and Medical Director for the New York Center for Addiction Treatment Services. He is also the author of three books included, The Microbiome Diet, Gut Reactions, and Matrix Healing.
The Microbiome Approach to Weight Loss
Your microbiome is essentially a large collection of bacterial cells; a number so vast that it's incomprehensible. In fact, these cells are thought to outnumber your human cells.

The microbiome plays an important role for keeping you healthy, both in the prevention of disease and overcoming health conditions, as well as promoting healthy aging. 

Keeping your microbiome healthy is a constant job, and you must feed them properly.

What do these cells want to "eat"? 

According to Dr. Raphael Kellman, author of The Microbiome Diet, what they don't want to eat are things like sugar, refined foods, processed foods, or GMO foods. They also don't like when you eat on the run. 

Instead, it's important to feed your microbiome natural foods that come from the earth, particularly certain types of vegetables that help the microbiome proliferate and become healthy, like asparagus, radishes, jicama, and leeks, as well as fermented foods and healthy fats.

Bone broth is another great option, because it's good for the gut, which is essentially the "home" that houses the microbiome. The gut and microbiome are reliant upon each other, so it's equally important to keep your gut in tip-top shape.

In terms of weight loss, the microbiome plays a critical role in determining how your body uses calories. If you optimize your microbiome, you can change your metabolism and improve insulin resistance and ultimately have an easier time losing weight. Alternately, if you struggle to keep your microbiome healthy, the opposite occurs and you may gain weight.

Listen in as Dr. Kellman joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to explain exactly what the microbiome is, why it's so important in overall health and longevity, and how it can help you in your weight loss efforts.