Poor Gut health could be Hindering your Weight Loss Efforts
In the last decade, scientists have paid close attention to the gut/brain connection, and numerous studies have linked gut health to an array of health conditions. If you have been carrying some excess weight, guess what? Ensuring you have a healthy gut will help you feel better by regaining lost energy, and it may also give your body a much-needed push to shed those extra pounds.
The collective genetic material of all your microbes is known as microbiome, a mixture of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that can affect a wide range of biological functions. We carry three pounds of it in our gut!
Bacteria are the oldest form of life on earth, but there’s the good and the bad. If you end up with a less than desirable mix, a lot can go wrong—including problems with digestion and nutrient absorption. Having the right flora in your gut, for example, decreases the amount of fat that is absorbed by the intestines, which pushes it out in the waste.
Even hormone production is linked to what happens in your gut, and it is no secret that hormonal imbalances are at fault for those rounder midlines.
Keep in mind your gut has to get rid of toxins and break down all the foods you are consuming. What if it can’t do it efficiently because it doesn’t have the right tools?
Unfortunately, more and more Americans are suffering from unhealthy guts because of poor nutritional choices. The situation is reaching epidemic proportions, especially considering the fact that digestive disease is responsible for many other chronic health conditions.
The good news is that healing is only a choice away. The solution to having a healthy gut falls solely on a person’s willingness to make the correct nutritional choices. The power of food cannot be underestimated—it is crucial in keeping our bodies looking good and operating at optimum capacity.
A healthy, balanced diet coupled with supplementation are the first steps if you are serious about regaining control of your health.
But with so many different supplements available over the counter, along with an advertising frenzy for products that promise to bring back the “good” bacteria into your gut or make you “regular” again, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed and confused.
This is why it is important to work with a qualified practitioner who can guide you in the right direction. As a functional medicine practice, Bellissimo Medical offers patient advice on how to restore health and balance through proper nutrition and medical-grade supplements. We look at you as an individual, analyze your history, and customize a plan tailored to your needs because we understand no plan fits all.
Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989.
Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston.