Over the past few years, gut health has become a topic of increased interest in the world of science. We now realize that the gut plays a major role in the overall health of our minds and bodies. Additionally, our bodies’ gut bacteria health may be the root cause or at least a key factor in many diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and inflammatory disease. Over the course of this blog we will look into how the health of our gut may be the key to unlocking the physique we are after.
How Gut Health Affects Your Physique
Our gut is filled with trillions of bacteria, these bacteria make up what is referred to as our gut microbiome. The diversity of this microbiome is essential for the overall health of our being whereby the foods we eat heavily influence the health and diversity of our microbiome. Foods such as fruits, vegetables,kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and tempeh will all help the health and well being of your gut. On the other hand, when we choose to eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates, high sugars and high fats, we deplete this environment of healthy bacteria and this can have terrible effects on our physique as we will now look into. The prebiotic we talked about above have been shown to reduce insulin, triglycerides and cholesterol in obese populations. These changes may help improve body composition by influencing our metabolic activity.
There have been several human and animal studies that have discovered the gut microbiome is vastly different between lean and obese people. There have been some cutting edge studies using mice where they took the gut microbiome from obese mice and transplanted them into lean mice. In these trials the lean mice gained an insane amount of fat without changing what they were eating or how much exercise they were partaking in, and the obese mice who now got the healthy microbiome dropped weight and became lean. This is insanely interesting because it could explain why some people can eat whatever they want and not gain a single pound whereas others look at food and gain weight. This could all be influenced by the gut microbiome.
Tips to ensure you have good gut health
1) Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and starchy carbs
2) Manage stress. Implement times of deep breathing and focus into each and everyday.
3) Stay away from excess alcohol consumption, refined carbohydrates and poor sources of fat.
4) Add fermented foods into your diet. Good picks include but are not limited to; kombucha, pickled foods, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi.
5) If you have to take antibiotics, follow up your course of antibiotics with a high quality probiotic. Antibiotics, although necessary from time to time, do a lot of damage to the healthy bacteria in our gut. Following an antibiotic course, a probiotic can help you to restore gut health and minimize the damage caused.
6) Drink lots of water and stay away from sugar-filled drinks.
Take your gut health seriously. Your brain and body cannot work optimally if your gut health is compromised.