Insulin efficiency and gut bacteria are two aspects of your overall health that affect the functionality of systems throughout your body. New research continues to shed light on how improvements can have a ripple effect, causing further improvements in places you might not expect. Your gut bacteria and level of insulin efficiency are important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while preventing obesity and other diseases.
It’s a fact that your gut bacteria are linked to numerous useful functions in your body. Also called gut flora, keeping good levels of the right kind of gut bacteria in your body will benefit you in numerous ways, including:
Insulin efficiency is, in basic terms, a measurement of how well your body uses insulin to metabolize sugar (glucose) into energy. When your insulin efficiency is doing well, so are you. From weight gain and appetite, to preventing disease and increasing energy, insulin efficiency is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Taking stock of what proven research tells us, we can modify our habits and diet to optimize the benefits of both our gut bacteria and insulin efficiency. One unexpected way this is true was published in an October issue of the journal Cell. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science found that our gut bacteria follow the same circadian rhythm, or 24-hour cycle, that we do. This means we digest better in the day when we’re awake and gut bacteria levels are at their best.
However, by disrupting our internal clock, such as with the jet lag following a long flight, the researchers found an increased rate of obesity and the metabolic syndrome.
While this type of nutrient timing and dietary habits would not necessarily be something to be concerned with every day, it points at an important point stated in the study:
“Our gut bacteria’s ability to coordinate their functions with our biological clock demonstrates, once again, the ties that bind us to our bacterial population and the fact that disturbances in these ties can have consequences for our health.”
Olumia Life takes insulin efficiency, gut bacteria and other factors, such as our body’s opposing systems of breakdown and repair, when helping you customize a diet, fitness plan and sleep schedule to make the most out of the investment you put into your health.
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