Posted on Oct 08, 2019, 7 p.m.
Not that long ago it was once thought that the bacteria in our intestines were not doing too much; as is turns out the gut microbiome are highly active and powerful in terms of ability to dictate what we eat, crave, how hungry we are, calories extracted from food, they can also be blamed for unwelcomed food cravings among other jobs.
Gut microbiome play roles in creating healthy fat genes by eating specific types of prebiotic fiber that create short chain fatty acids, including butyrate which helps to reduce our genetic predisposition to gain weight. Lean people appear to have more gut bacteria, and it is also more diverse than in those who are overweight or obese.
Imbalance of microbiome can lead to low grade inflammation which can contribute to obesity, weight gain, and difficulty losing weight. Gut microbes respond fairly quickly to a change in diet, meaning we can take control and drop unwanted pounds by eating food that healthy gut bacteria thrive and multiple on. Just 1-3 servings of prebiotic and/or probiotic food can feed and nurture your microbiome, which in turn will help to control carb and sugar cravings while you are enhancing your army of healthy gut microbes to assist in weight management success.
Prebiotic foods are ones that feed beneficial gut bacteria, by consuming prebiotics it can promote weight loss. Good choices include but are not limited to raw garlic, raw leeks, bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, raw dandelion greens, onions, asparagus, chicory, and beans.
Probiotic foods are ones that contain beneficial bacteria by consuming probiotics it can also promote weight loss. Good choices include but are not limited to unsweetened yogurt, cheese made from raw milk, kefir, lassi, unpasteurized sauerkraut, unpasteurized pickles, non pasteurized cultured vegetables, olives, miso, tempeh, natto, kimchi, and kombucha.
Supplements are also available to help ensure a healthy intake, but the best choice is to get what you need from food. “Let food be thy medicine.” When it comes right down to it if you take care of your microbiome, it will take care of you in many ways to help promote and create optimal health.
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