"Gut Health and Controlling Agent by Dr. Mike"(6.10.2014)

*Dr. Mike Molloy’s Take on Gut Health and Control*

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What was REALLY cool  (at least to a nerd like me) is that when the scientists transferred the bacteria from a third-trimester mom into a germ-free mouse (Think of it as a mouse that lives in a sterile bubble), those animal became fatter and less sensitive to insulin signaling than mice given bacteria from a first-trimester mother.

What this means is that one of the main reason’s why pregnant women gain weight and adiposity during pregnancy is BECAUSE of changes to the bacteria that reside in their gut.  The study above went on to show that the bacteria that emerges during pregnancy is better able to extract energy from the diet and transfer that to the mother, and therefore the baby as well.  The downside of this is the extra-weight gain and potentially gestational diabetes as a result…

You have to ask yourself, why would you want this to happen during pregnancy?  You would think that you’d want Mom to be as healthy as possible and to not have a screwed up metabolism, never mind diabetes, right????    WRONG!

There is a strong hypothesis that during pregnancy, the mothers body is willing to sacrifice its own sensitivity to sugar/gluces so that energy is diverted to the developing baby.  Evolutionarily, it makes sense to put that cute little parasite (that you’ll eventually come to love) first.

Its amazing the balance that the host and microbiota have and how they can affect each other.  In this scenario basically what we have is the following:

1) Some unknown change in the mother that results in a slow alteration of the microbiota between the first and third trimester.

2) These altered microbiota produce more energy from the consumed food which can be transferred to the host.

3) The third trimester microbiota are also way more inflammatory…

4) The inflammation driven by the altered microbiota has been shown to play a CRITICAL roll in decreasing insulin sensitivity, which in this case is beneficial in diverting energy to the developing baby.

What an absolutely beautiful symbiotic set of events.


I. Dynamic and Mobility Prep Warm-Up:
3 Minutes of Zone 1 Work
3-5 Minutes of the following:
Banded Hamstring Mobility
3-5 Minutes of the following:
15 Strokes on Rower
10 Air Squats
5 Indian Push-Ups
II. Phases Strength and Conditioning:
A. Lifestyle Phase
Maximum Aerobic Power Sessions
12 Minutes of the following:
Run 200 Meters
5 Plank Walk-Outs
10 Box Jumps
Rest 4 minutes
10 Sets of the following:
Airdyne 30 seconds @ 90%
30 Seconds-Rest/Walk
B. Fitness Phase
Aerobic MAP Sessions:
4 Sets of the following @ increasing intensity:
60%-70%-80%-90% increasing each effort:
10 Deadlifts @ 155/105 lbs
15 Step Down Box Jumps
10 Lateral Burpees
Run 400 Meters
Rest 3 minutes between sets
C. Competition Phase
Jerk Intense + Deadlift/Press(Volume-Gymn) + Lactate Training
A. Clean + Jerk @ 70%, 1.1.1 x 5 sets, rest 2-3 minutes between sets.
B1. Deadlift, touch n go reps, 8 reps x 4 sets, rest 10 seconds. 275 lbs/185 lbs
B2. Handstand Push-Up Strict Clusters, 4.4.4 x 4 sets, rest 2 minutes.
Scale Down to Abmat Handstands
C. Perform the following on Airdyne:
5 Sets of the following:
20 Seconds on Airdyne @ 95%, then 3 minutes light work on airdyne @ zone 1, rest 1:30 walking and rest.
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