The new year is here and it brings along the opportunity for a fresh start. It’s the perfect occasion to set ourselves new goals, new ambitions, and new objectives to accomplish. One of the most common challenges we decide to tackle at this point is our weight. Dropping a few (or more) pounds is on the wish-list for quite a lot of people. And you know what that entails: strict diets, intense workout routines, and, of course, the obligatory ‘miracle’ foods that are supposed to help you lose lots of weight in a really short amount of time.
However, whatever method we end up choosing, there is a very important factor that we tend to miss when making decisions about our overall wellness. Gut bacteria.
In the human gut, there are over 100 trillion microbial cells. Some of them are ‘good’ and perform the very important function of regulating the metabolism of the body. But there are some ‘bad’ bacteria as well, and both kinds need to co-exist in a precarious balance. Should something upset the balance of the gut bacteria ecosystem (gut microbiota), a variety of diseases and disorders may occur.
According to scientific research, this imbalance and obesity are interconnected. The increased levels of ‘bad’ bacteria (e.g. Firmicutes), and the insufficiency of ‘good’ gut bacteria (e.g. Bacteroidetes) can lead to gaining weight, and eventually obesity, at the same time clearing the way for a great number of other illnesses.
This is why it’s crucial to do everything in our power to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria. StyleCraze has compiled a list of things you can do to make sure you’re in optimal health and now we are going to share it with you.
1. Consume fermented foods
For the process of fermentation to take place, an essential ingredient is bacteria and/or yeast. When you consume fermented foods, these bacteria end up in your stomach and they help your digestion.
2. Probiotic supplementation
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics are “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” People have been consuming probiotics since the dawn of time, and now science has proven their benefits as well. Supplementing probiotics in your diet can have a positive effect on a wide range of medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, vagina/urinary tract infections, and even Crohn’s disease. Some studies have shown that probiotics speed up the process of weight loss in gastric-bypass patients, and currently, scientists are trying to find which specific probiotics have the greatest effect on weight loss.
3. Eat vegetables and fruits
Like any other living organisms, gut bacteria also need food to survive. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage and broccoli, contain compounds necessary to feed it, according to research. Another thing that can prove beneficial for the growth of gut bacteria is fruit. Fruit contains dietary fiber which helps prevent obesity, as well as to ensure the survival of gut bacteria. Increasing the amount of fruit you consume can only have positive results.
4. Avoid ‘bad’ oils
Omega-3 fish oils are very useful for your skin, your hair, and your heart. But an omega-3-rich diet can have a negative effect on your gut bacteria. A study on this subject has shown that this diet results in increased levels of ‘bad’ bacteria (Firmicutes) and decreased ‘good’ bacteria (Bacteroidetes). Moderation is advised in the consumption of omega-3. These oils are necessary to ensure your optimal health, but an overconsumption can lead to the killing of all the ‘good’ bacteria in your intestines.
5. Consume ‘good oils’
Apart from making sure that ‘good’ gut bacteria has optimal conditions for existence, you also need to keep the levels of ‘bad’ bacteria in check. The best natural remedy to aid you in this quest is coconut oil.
The Candida albicans yeast in the human gut can be the cause of a wide array of health problems and infections, some of which come with a mortality rate of more than 40%. Coconut oil can help reduce the levels of this fungus and it’s the best natural and drug-free way to do it.
When you’re trying to lose weight, it is of the utmost importance to take care of maintaining the balance of your gut bacteria. According to the American Nutrition Association, the optimal proportion is 85% ‘good’ and 15% ‘bad’ bacteria. However, make sure to always consult a doctor when making significant changes in your daily regimen, especially if you’re on prescription medication.
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.