Get a Skinny Gut Microbiome

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Today on Superhuman Entrepreneur I wanted to share with you my review of the book The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson as it outlines some really important concepts relating to gut health and the impact your microbiome has on your health and the size of your waistline. Want a copy of my notes on the book? Click HERE to access! 

So What Do I Mean By Gut Microbiome?

Well your gut microbiome is made up of millions of bacteria that are found in your gut. In fact your human cells are out numbered 10-1 with the bacteria in your gut.

It’s really exciting that there is more research coming out about the impact that the health and composition of these bacteria in your gut, your gut microbiome, has on your health and your waistline.

In fact a study at the University of Washington showed that the gut bacteria of obese mice were vastly different to the gut bacteria of healthy mice. Human studies since that time has also shown how different the microbiome can be of someone eating a traditional diet when compared to someone eating a western diet.

Good Bacteria

So the good bacteria in your gut can actually be your best friend when it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance. The bacteria in the gut actually has an effect on the amount of calories you absorb from your food and also how satiated you are after eating. Good bacteria also drives down cellular inflammation which is once of the biggest causes of disease and dysfunction.

Good bacteria also helps boost your immune system and boosts healthy neurotransmitter levels in your brain. Helping you become happier, more focused and less anxious.

So what can we do to keep our gut microbiome balanced?

1. Eat healthy fats – Healthy fat doesn’t make you fat. Fat is actually a superfood when you’re eating the right kind of fats! Check out more about which fats burn fat and which fats store fat HERE.

2. Eat living food – Healthy living food such as vegetables are super high in fiber which actually helps to feed the good bacteria.

3. Eat protein – Eating protein helps to keep you feeling satiated

4. Avoid sugar – Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut and can lead to candida overgrowth and more!

Your Oral Hygiene

Did you know that your oral hygiene can actually really affect your gut microbime? You swallow 1 trillion bacteria into your gut every day. So it’s really important to make sure your mouth is clean. Click HERE for some really great oral hygiene strategies you can use.

Unhealthy Bacteria

Many people don’t realize that antibiotics actually wipe out good bacteria, often allowing bad bacteria to populate. Research shows that the most obese areas in the US actually have the highest rates of antibiotic prescriptions.

Any imbalance in bacteria in your gut can lead to what is known as leaky gut syndrome. This often results in inflammation, which then triggers the storage of excess adipose tissue. In other words, how fat you are might be dependent on your gut bacteria composition.

Leaky gut also leads to leaky brain. Often people I work with who suffer with leaky gut have difficulty focusing, difficulty concentrating and sometimes experience symptoms of ADHD.

Artificial sweeteners can also cause an imbalance in bacteria flora which can lead to a range of health concerns. Unhealthy bacteria can cause cravings and can actually result in an increased appetite.

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So What Else Can You Do To Balance Your Gut Microbiome?

  • Stress actually drives down healthy bacteria in the gut and so addressing stress in your life is super important!
  • Increase the good bacteria such as lactobacillus, which will also help to boost your immune system and keep you feeling great!

How do we increase good bacteria?

Try repopulating your good bacteria with some of the following:

  • fermented foods
  • raw high quality grass fed dairy products
  • cultured pickles
  • kimchee
  • unpasteurized miso
  • kefir
  • kombucha

Also try to add some prebiotics into your diet. Where probiotics repopulate good bacteria in the gut, prebiotics are food for the healthy bacterial populations in your gut.

Try some of the following:

  • chickory root
  • jerusalem artichokes
  • dandelion root
  • garlic
  • onion
  • asparagus

Think Your Microbiome Might Not be Balanced?

Hopefully the tips above have given you a place to start however the most beneficial thing you can do is to get a customized approach to improving your health as everyone is different. Click HERE to find out about whether advanced lab testing may be able to help you get a customized plan for your health.

Good bacteria are even linked to increasing neurotransmitters that help increase happiness, decreases anxiety, positively affects your adrenals and energy levels!

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