Weight loss, it can certainly be a challenge when taking the standard American lifestyle into consideration. But, what about those times when you are doing everything right, when you are eating a whole foods diet, exercising regularly, hydrating, and downshifting daily, and the weight still won’t come off? Well, a growing body of research indicates that your gut microbiome may be to blame.
The gut microbiome is made of over 1,000 species of tens of trillions of small organisms known as beneficial bacteria. And, these beneficial bacteria play a crucial role in gut health and overall health. They are largely responsible for important body functions and have the capability to affect the body’s mineral and vitamin absorbency, digestion, hormone regulation, immune response, and the body’s ability to get rid of toxins.
When it comes to the health of the gut microbiome, we are looking for both richness and diversity, in other words, a large community of diverse bacteria. And, when things get out of whack, it can affect both your health and your ability to lose weight.
If you think your microbiome may be a bit out of balance, fear not, there are steps you can to rebalance and reboot your gut.
Why exactly should you rebalance and reboot?
Balancing your gut microbiome and rebooting your gut can oftentimes lead to weight loss. As you balance your gut bacteria it will begin to function better which can mean reduced cravings, more effectively absorbing nutrients and improving elimination. All in all, the health of your gut microbiome affects how your body processes and utilizes the food you consume.
Here’s how it works…
Your food is both chemically and mechanically broken down in the stomach. From there it moves to the small intestine to be broken down by enzymes making the food small enough to be absorbed and used for fuel.
The issues occur in conjunction with the foods we can’t process and as humans, we typically don’t produce enough enzymes to break down the foods we consume. The foods we can’t process are then sent to the large intestine. This is where the ever-important microbes come in. The microbes break this food down and release molecules that we can utilize. With that, caloric intake doesn’t necessarily equal caloric uptake.
For example, you and a friend can eat the exact same food with the same portions and one of you may uptake more calories than the other based on the health of your gut microbiome.
When it comes to mainstream diets most focus on reducing caloric intake. This can lead to weight loss but that weight is typically regained back. Why? Aside from physiological factors, the microbiome is still unhealthy, causing food cravings and affecting the way your body processes food. Remember, when you change your gut bacteria you change the way your body processes food and metabolizes energy.
By rebooting your gut, you not only ditch fake foods and replace them with nourishing foods, but you rid your gut of the bad bacteria, restore balance and allow your body to process your food as it should.
Interested in dropping a few pounds? Here are some tips that will help you support your gut.
- Supplement. Add probiotics, enzymes, and superfoods to your daily regimen. A one-stop-shop for all of these things is a handy packet called Essentials.
- Exercise. Yes, exercise affects your gut bacteria as well. When you exercise regularly it promotes the biodiversity of your gut flora thus helping your gut bacteria to operate at its best.
- Sleep. That’s right, lack of sleep can change your gut flora but your gut flora can affect your quality of sleep as well. Interesting right? The bottom line, we require a healthy gut microbiome.
- Destress. We know that chronic stress wreaks havoc on our gut microbiome. Yoga and meditation can help to calm the mind and release stress.
- Kick Fake Foods. We all know this by now, but fake foods are not doing anyone any good. Kick them to the curb, this includes artificial sweeteners as well.
- Stick to a Whole Food Diet. Focus on consuming a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
- Enjoy Fermented Foods. Rich in probiotics, fermented foods help seed your gut with beneficial bacteria.
- Enjoy some Tea. Tea is an excellent source of polyphenols which are prebiotics that nourish the good bacteria in your gut.
At the end of the day, we are all different and our microbiomes are in different states. Some may experience rather quick results, while others, it may take time. The key here is to keep supporting your microbiome day in and out and enjoy the results as they come. When it comes to gut health, it’s not an overnight fix.
Interested in some additional support and joining a community of people on a similar journey to better gut health and overall health? Join us in our next 30 Day Gut Reboot .