Previously you could take a look at microbes and inflammatory bowel disease. Malnutrition is a serious problem that affects many people all over the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, “There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry.”[1] Their newest data shows that the “number of undernourished people increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016.”1 As you can see, malnutrition is a serious problem, and you are wrong if you think that it affects only people from developing countries. But are microbes to blame for malnutrition?

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Especially vulnerable to malnutrition are children as it can cause very permanent problems. Malnutrition in children is not the only problem. But it can also happen in the adult age. It is proved that malnourished children grow up with different gut microbes[2] than the healthy children that don’t have this problem. Another wrong perception is that this problem is lack of calories and nutrients. In my practice, I had a woman who came with issues that appeared to have links to inflammation, but at the same time, she said that she is always taking certain vitamins and even supplements (like Balance Cellular-MICA with additional micronutrients to achieve daily nutrition needs)  to maintain herself healthy. She had enough nutrients, but her body wasn’t absorbing them well enough.

Malnutrition symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Osteopenia (low bone density)
  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with immune system (e.g., the body is unable to fight any infections)
  • Dry skin
  • Bleeding, swollen gums
  • Decaying teeth

Malnutrition causes:

  • Stress
  • Over-working
  • High coffee consumption with meals
  • Consuming foods that a person is sensitive (dairy, gluten, etc.)

Malnutrition treatment is complex because each person has very different microbiota in their gut. Even for people who eat the same kind of food, it is different. Microbial studies show that microbe impact on the body is crucial because it influences the overall connection between microbes and nutrition to avoid malnutrition. One of the ways is to manipulate microbiome to help taking more nutrients with the same food. As I, Chen Ben Asher, Board-certified nutrition specialist, support the use of supplements if that is done with the monitoring of specialists, I suggest having a consultation to determine if supplements like Balance IgG Colostrum is the right one. In case of severe acute malnutrition, it is not possible to help only with supplements and probiotics (healthy bacteria). The whole lifestyle needs changes. Even simple things like drinking coffee with any meal can be very harmful.

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Microbiomes also affect the possibility that a person becomes obese. About obesity and microbe connection you can read in the next article here.

Reference:

[1] How close are we to #ZeroHunger? Accessed from: http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/

[2] How Microbes Make Malnutrition Worse. Accessed from: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/growth-promoting-microbes-could-help-to-counter-malnutrition/463353/rel=”nofollow”