Trillions (yes trillions) of bacteria are living inside your gut at this very moment. And believe it or not, we all have more bacteria cells in our body than we do our own human cells.
That’s a pretty weird thought. But don’t worry you need these little guys in order to have a healthy functioning digestive and immune system which is essential for weight loss when intermittent fasting.
Its not only the amount but also the types of bacterial colonies you’re hosting that have a direct impact of your health and ability to lose weight.
Most of them are good, but some may be not so good and can start to affect more than just your gut. So in order to stay healthy, full of vitality and to help your body to release your fast stores while your fasting it’s essential to have the optimal balance of each type.
Here are 3 reasons that we need these little guys to us lose weight when we’re intermittent fasting.
To Make Sure You Digest and Absorb Your Food Properly
Believe it or not, you can eat the healthiest diet possible and even take the most expensive supplements you can find. But unless you can digest the nutrients from them then you could be wasting your time completely. That can be a hard fact to digest in itself!
So how do we digest and absorb our food anyway?
Our gut bacteria are responsible for this process, because they ‘eat’ or digest the food first, breaking it down into more smaller particles. We can then absorb those smaller particles, and the nutrients in them, more efficiently because they can pass through the lining of our gut wall more easily.
But it’s only the good strains of bacteria that do this for us. The not-so-good bacteria can cause chaos and slow down the digestive process, leading to nutritional deficiencies which can affect your weight loss (because your body needs certain nutrients to get rid of fat) . In fact, research suggests that gluten is mostly digested by bacteria in a healthy gut, not the body’s own enzymes. So it’s highly possible that gluten intolerant people, are lacking the right kind of bacteria and suggests some exciting new treatment possibilities for those with leaky gut or Celiac.
Yes, your gut bacteria impact your hunger, too. A study published in Science Magazine revealed a link between metabolic syndrome and the lack of the protein TLR5. When this important protein, which essentially polices your community of gut bacteria, is absent, bad bacteria can easily take control and get out of hand. This can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance.
What’s even more interesting is that when researchers transferred the deficient bacteria from overweight, insulin-resistant mice in to the guts of skinny, healthy mice, the healthy mice immediately began to eat more and appear hungrier. Over time, these previously healthy mice eventually began to exhibit the same metabolic dysfunction as the overweight mice from whom they received their gut bacteria.
Therefore, your predisposition for obesity and diabetes could potentially rest heavily upon the type and health of your gut flora!
How can you keep your gut flora healthy? Try to avoid antibiotics, refined sugars and carbohydrates, and chronic stress which all play apart when it comes to bacterial imbalance. Try incorporating a high quality probiotic, eating fibrous, unrefined starches, avoiding environmental toxins, and working to manage your stress more healthfully.
Bringing balance into your own life brings balance to your microbiome as well. These symbiotic these little critters are incredibly important to the human body and should not be overlooked. Not only are they important for weight loss, but your overall health can depend on them.
To Keep Your Immune System Healthy
If you’re constantly getting sick or feeling fatigued, this might be a sign that your gut bacteria are out of balance. Don’t worry most people will have this problem because of our modern lifestyle.
The bulk of your immune system actually lies in your gut, so the food we eat is really is medicine. Did you know that most of our immune system lies in our gut?
So you might want to focus on eating less refined foods and adding a probiotic into your daily regimen. Having an overgrowth of undesirable bacteria can weaken your immune system in a big way by encouraging body-wide inflammation.
If your immune system is struggling, your body shifts out of maintenance mode and straight in to defensive mode. This means it can’t direct its strongest efforts towards a healthy metabolism and losing weight. Besides the stress on your body functions, it is much easier to binge on feel-good sweets, stop working out, and relax your willpower if you are feeling generally fatigued. Without strong motivation, sustained weight loss can be incredibly challenging.
So there you go. Some great reasons to look after your little gut friends. Not only will you feel better but it’s an integral part of the the bigger picture when it comes to successful weight loss.