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Why Your Weight Loss Problem is a Gut Health Problem

It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. And sadly, it’s a majority of the population with this excess weight issue. Seven out of ten of us are struggling with extra pounds. If you plug “weight loss program” into an internet search engine, approximately 53 million hits turn up. Fifty three million! Wouldn’t it be nice if they all had a consistent message? Unfortunately, our sensory input is saturated by separate, conflicting and authoritarian-sounding messages about how to lose weight that seem to change almost daily. Where does all the confusion come from? Where should we start?

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5 Surprising Signs You're Due for a Gut-Check

Nope. I’m not talking about gas, bloating, constipation, IBS, acid reflux, diarrhea or any other common offender in regard to your gut health. For most, those symptoms make it quite obvious (to you and others) that things are not-so-hot in the realm of tummy health.

This article is for those of you who may have otherwise skipped over this topic thinking, “Nah, my digestion is fine. I feel fine after I eat and I’m fairly ‘regular’ with my bathroom visits.” While you may not think you have gut issues, some of the ailments you DO complain about could in fact be correlated to your gut and its health (or lack thereof).

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Should You be Following an Elimination Diet?

I recently saw an Internet meme depicting a woman sharing a recipe with her friend, proudly proclaiming its compliance with her gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, fat-free, and soy-free diet. The punch line? She was sharing a glass of water.

It seems like every time we turn around, a new suspected food villain emerges. A quick trip to a natural grocer shows more and more “something”-free options, like gluten-free oatmeal and dairy-free yogurt. Since when did so many foods become enemies of our health? Or, the better question to ask is…are they? It’s not at all surprising that, outside of life-threatening food allergies, there’s a pervasive societal skepticism over the necessity of it all. It’s sometimes even snubbed as a completely made-up, pretentious, and unfounded diet trend of the affluent. What’s the real story here?

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Why Gut Health Matters for Metabolism

What organ is the source of greater metabolic activity than the liver, supplies over 70% of the immune system, and consists of 10 times the number of cells than the whole rest of the body put together? The gut!

An amazing and surprising fact: 70% of Americans have digestive symptoms or disease, yet don’t think twice about its impact on their weight and health.

Gut health breaks down due to many factors in our lifestyles and environment. These factors can over-activate the immune system and ultimately cause internal havoc. Conditions such as migraines or chronic headaches, food or environmental allergies, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and celiac disease have all been shown to correlate with digestive dysfunction.

Today, we'll discuss the roles of the gut, what factors disrupt its functioning, and tips for improving gut health to ultimately enhance metabolism, weight management and overall health.


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Why a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie

Fat, carb, protein - does it really matter what form a calorie comes in? 

In the tidy little illusion of calorie math, no. We treat calories like currency – all totals being equal whether counted in coins, bills, or silver bars.

Yet, is a calorie really a calorie, no matter the form or source? Under all conditions to all individuals at all times?

We tend to think this way. Yet, the science begs to differ. 


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5 Factors That Influence Gut Health

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffers from gut health issues of some kind.

The human gut (a.k.a. intestinal tract) is the most populated ecosystem in nature and one of the most critical factors in our health!

Our gut bacteria stimulate the development of the immune system, help digest food, regulate bowels, produce certain vitamins and protect against infection. In fact , it was recently referred to as a “super organ” due to its diverse roles in health and disease prevention.

When the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut is disrupted, we’re at higher risk for a range of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, allergies and cancer.

Disease risk aside, gut health can influence our metabolic function and basic well-being. For many of my clients, it wasn’t until they got their gut health in check through dietary and lifestyle changes that they realized what feeling truly “normal” and healthy was like. Check out the following 5 factors (among many!) that influence our gut health.


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7 Critical Steps to Re-Establish Gut Health

Ask yourself the following questions (even if you feel fine overall).

Do I take medications – including oral birth control pills? Have I used antibiotics in heavy doses or in the recent past? Do I notice fatigue or “foggy” thinking on a frequent basis?  Do I have skin problems? Am I depressed? Do I get frequent infections (e.g. colds)? Do I experience uncontrolled hunger, heartburn, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation? Have I been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition?

Your answers can beg the further question: what’s the state of your gut?



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