Your gut health and weight loss!

fruitsThere is a serious problem facing 95% percent of people in western civilization. If you don’t fix this problem you will most certainly struggle to achieve the look you want. You could have the best program for building abs (clearly I am talking about Diamond Guru Fitness), with the best nutritional information, yet I guarantee you haven’t considered the most important factor in determining whether or not you will lose belly fat. Did you know that without paying proper
attention to your “gut”, you are potentially exposing yourself to toxins which could lead to a dangerous internal imbalance? By “gut” I mean your gut flora, which is also referred to your gut microbiota. These micro-organisms live by the hundreds of trillions in your digestive tract
and they have an extremely important function. The Role of Gut Flora. The human body contains 10 times as many microbes as it does actual human cells, and we have evolved alongside the bacteria in our bodies to forge a strictly symbiotic relationship. There are two types of bacteria, known as probiotic (supporting life) and pathogenic. These bacteria perform metabolic activities which resemble that of one of your other main organs; however, their role and function has largely been ignored in mainstream nutrition until recently. The good, or probiotic bacteria, perform critical functions such as training your immune system and stimulating cell growth, while also defending against disease by preventing the growth and proliferation of harmful pathogenic microorganisms. Without the proper balance of gut flora you are likely storing fat improperly. You are also at risk of inflammation which is a precursor to obesity. You see, the food you eat begins fermentation in your digestive tract. When undigested food ferments, the flora (if it is the good kind) turns this undigested food into useful energy and nutrients. This also enables your body to absorb iron (critical for women), magnesium and calcium, as well as playing an important role in your ability to correctly use vitamin B and vitamin K. Equally important is that this flora plays a role in metabolizing xenobiotics. Gut Flora and Xenobiotics. Xenobiotics are potentially harmful chemicals such as antibiotics, drugs, and environmental toxins which can be introduced to your body. Dietary intake will ultimately determine the balance of good bacteria in your intestines, and balancing your good bacteria is of course an important starting point for achieving a healthy and flat belly. The problem with dieting is that you can find yourself suffering from things like fatigue, rebounds (gaining back lost weight), cravings similar to those of an addict, and even metabolic damage. If you have stubborn belly fat, eat a lot of processed foods, or perhaps even struggle with sugar addiction, balancing your gut flora will put you on a path to change. What’s amazing is that this can happen quite quickly. You can start this process by simply adding a good probiotic supplement. The Benefits of Probiotic Supplements As we discussed above, probiotic bacteria are essential to human health due to the roles that they play within the body. These roles cover everything from immune function to hormone production and the development of new cells and tissues. Anything that will support the population of these “friendly” bacteria is likely to prove beneficial to our overall health and well-being. One way of supporting the bacteria population in your gut is to incorporate probiotic supplements. Probiotic supplements such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium can provide a number of different health benefits, including a reduction in inflammation and protection against infectious diseases. A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology set out to assess the interaction of probiotic lactobacillus and bifidobacterium strains with human intestinal epithelial cells. Among the effects observed, these bacterial strains appeared to compete against what are known as enteropathogens such as salmonella and E. coli. Simply put, these friendly bacteria protect against such infectious pathogens, while also protecting the gut from acute inflammation. The study concluded with the following statement: “Both strains showed the potential to protect enterocytes from an acute inflammatory response. These probiotic strains are potential candidates for the development of new functional foods helpful in counteracting enteropathogen infections.” Another study, this time published in Nature in 2011 demonstrated that bifidobacteria can protect from enteropathogenic infection through production of acetate. What is interesting about this particular study is that it provides us with a more extensive understanding of just how bifidobacteria works within the body. Bifidobacteria was shown to directly protect against E. coli by preventing the toxin from being translocated from the gut lumen to the bloodstream, due in part to the production of acetate. The researchers concluded, “[we] propose that acetate produced by protective bifidobacteria improves intestinal defence mediated by epithelial cells and thereby protects the host against lethal infection.” Now this is all well and good but very few of us find ourselves at risk of E. coli infection on a regular basis, so what are some of the benefits of probiotic supplements that are more directly relevant to our daily lives? Gut Health and Chronic Fatigue Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition that appears to be quite prevalent in our modern age. If you have ever experienced chronic fatigue syndrome or you know someone who suffers from it then you are probably well aware of just how much a hindrance it can be to one’s quality of life. Although the direct causes of chronic fatigue syndrome are uncertain, there have been some studies showing that patients suffering from CFS have lower levels of bifidobacteria, as well as other undesirable changes to their gut flora. People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome may potentially be suffering from the malabsorption of certain nutrients. There also appears to be some effect on the immune system due to patients often reporting allergies. The good news is that a 2002 study showed lactic acid bacteria to be of therapeutic value in the context of chronic fatigue syndrome.

How to Improve Your Gut Health – 7 Day Protocol This has all certainly been quite a lot to digest, pun intended. If you’ve made it this far then you’re obviously serious about boosting your gut health and reaping the multitude of benefits that a healthy gut has to offer. To wrap things up, let’s look at some of the things that you can do in just 7 days improve your gut health for the long-term. The 7 Day Protocol is really a launching pad from which you integrate a new mindful approach to your overall personal health philosophy and take a mindful approach to transforming your body. I will highlight an approach you can take over the next seven days which is meant to guide you for the time you remain on this planet! Weight loss success!

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The Diamond Guru

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