Why Your Gut Health May be the Missing Link to Optimal Health and Fat Loss
Posted on 26th April 2016 at 07:18
Over the next 6 articles I will aim to dig deeper into digestion and look to really enlighten you on what goes on behind the scenes and what you can do to improve your symptoms.
Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut.’ This statement is probably truer today than ever!
According to Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterology at University College Hospital in London, around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time. With these symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and indigestion, I’d say it’s an issue people should be a lot more informed about, as none of these symptoms are fun to live with and can leave the individual feeling embarrassed, helpless and alone.
I myself was one of the 40% who suffered from digestive symptoms. The whole of last year I was plagued with bloating after eating any type of food – leaving me on a diet of cod, salmon, lamb, coconut oil, olive oil and lettuce, as it was too uncomfortable for me to eat anything else. Needless to say fat loss was impossible and I actually gained body fat!
I took it upon myself to seek advice from qualified professionals in the functional medicine field and became obsessed with researching the gut myself! These article are not aimed to treat or diagnose any disease, and I am not a doctor and have no medical background. These articles are based solely my findings from researching from books, research papers, online courses, educational videos and personal communication with the professionals.
Our digestive system is like a river that runs through us. Each day we shovel foreign substances (food, drinks, medications and supplements) into our mouths hoping that our bodies will be able to sort out the good guys from the bad. Because it’s right on the front line, the digestive system is the perfect location for our immune system to be based, and, as such, is responsible for protecting us from anything it deems dangerous.
In a body that is working optimally this is no problem, but when there are underlying issues this healthy immune response can become heightened and our immune system can become paranoid and over active. Over time this paranoia leads to our own immune system attacking us (autoimmune disease such as arthritis) which leaves us feeling tired, sluggish, and suffering from brain fog.
We are a complex ecosystem and within us is an entire microscopic world whose biology is central to our biology. There are trillions of bacteria in the gut that are constantly communicate with the body’s immune and metabolic machinery. Although we are used to thinking of bacteria and microbes as negative – as the source of disease and infection – I hope that by the end of this series you will see how new research has shown us that the microbial life within us can also be a source of health, well-being and maintainable fat loss!
Did you know for example that you are made up of about ten trillion human cells – but there are about a hundred trillion microbial cells in and on your body! How about your genes? Well there are twenty thousand human genes. But we are carrying a massive two million to twenty million microbial genes! Which means: you are mostly not you, and are in fact 99% microbe!
I hope now you are starting to see how important our digestive system actually is, not only to fat loss but health in general! Over the course of these next few articles I aim to shed light on how your environment, your mood, and the foods you eat affect the composition of these trillions of microbes in your gut, cause your metabolic engines to misfire and put your immune system on high alert ultimately lading to fat gain.
Below I have attached a questionnaire that I often use when assessing if a client has gut issues. Take a look and fill it in honestly. If you score over 6 then there is a chance you may potentially have some underlying gut issues that may be stalling your fat loss! If you score below 6 then you must be doing something right! Or not being honest with yourself.
Click link below to view & download questionnaire
How many of you scored over 6 on this questionnaire? I’d love to hear your feedback on the Facebook page
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