The human gut contains many different bacteria. What you eat greatly affects that bacteria and contributes toward weight gain or loss. The bacteria in your gut makes up a microbiome which is always changing and developing. What you put into your gut and microbiome significantly affects its health.
Why is Your Gut Health Important?
As gut health research progresses, more and more chronic illnesses are being associated with poor gut health. A small symptom we notice from our unhealthy gut is heartburn or bloating. The correlation we can’t see is our gut health affecting our overall well-being and what happens in our body.
There are numerous species of bacteria in your gut. Consider those bacteria working together as a small ecosystem inside your body, working to digest food, regulate hormones, get rid of toxins, and provide healing compounds. Your diet is the most effective way to balance your gut.
Seven Ways Your Diet and Gut Health Can Affect Weight Loss:
- Whole Unprocessed Foods. Refined and processed foods are loaded with sugar and unhealthy carbs. Cutting the extra sugar out of your diet contributes to a healthy gut. Whole foods contain good fibers with naturally occurring carbs.
- Plant-Based. Plant-based diets are rapidly becoming more popular. This popularity comes from the great contribution they make toward overall gut health. Plant-based foods are high in fiber and work to balance and regulate your gut.
- Don’t Over Supplement. It is easy to buy into ads that claim multiple supplements will increase your gut health and help you lose weight. Supplements that have shown significant benefits for gut health are omega-3 fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotics.
- Cut Out the Bad Fats. This probably seems like a no brainer, but inflammatory fats like vegetable oils or the fats found in processed food are bad for your gut health. Eating these fats can promote weight gain instead of loss.
- Increase Your Fiber Intake. Your microbiome loves foods that are rich in fiber. Nuts, seeds, and other fiber dense grains give your gut pre/probiotics and promote healthy bacteria.
- Add Organic Full-Fat Yogurt. Foods with live cultures like yogurt promote gut health. Yogurt is a probiotic full of good bacteria producing ingredients. Studies have shown a serving a day of yogurt contributes to weight loss. Just be mindful of yogurts with added fruit flavors. These tend to have extra sugar which can negatively affect your gut.
- Switch Things Up. It is easy to find a gut healthy meal that you enjoy and stick to it. You gut will be happier if you switch up the menu every once and a while. Giving your gut a diverse diet gives it a chance to create many different healthy bacteria.
Make Changes for a Healthy Gut
These steps are a great way to start making changes in your diet to promote a healthy gut. Incorporating these foods and cutting out the bad ones gives your gut a chance to heal and begin producing healthy bacteria. After your gut begins healing, you will notice a change in how your stomach feels, and an improvement in overall health, and mood.
When it comes to a healthy body and mind, an increasing number of people are focusing on improving bacteria in the gut. Dr. Jason Peisley, DC and John Mark Rankins, CHC, Holistic MBA are both experts in gut health and restorative practices.