Gut Health & Weight Loss

You’ve likely heard that the health of your gut can impact your overall wellness, but did you know that gut health can also affect your ability to lose weight? It’s true — a healthy gut can support weight loss efforts, while poor gut health may be stopping you from shedding extra pounds. 

What’s the Connection Between Gut Health and Weight Loss?

Many factors connect gut health to your body’s ability to lose weight, including:

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What Is a Leaky Gut?

The health of your gut makes an impact on far more aspects of your life than you might think. Your mood, the quality of your sleep, and the health of your brain, heart, and immune system are all intertwined with your gut. So for those experiencing a leaky gut, the health ramifications can be significant. Thankfully, treatments designed to boost the health of the gut at Body Flow Wellness can help people with a leaky gut find relief. 

Defining a Leaky Gut

A leaky gut may also be called increased intestinal permeability. Awareness of this gut health concern has been increasing in recent years, but it remains a fairly mysterious condition among medical professionals. People with a leaky gut often have trouble receiving a diagnosis, making it even more difficult to achieve optimal gut health. 

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Benefits of Colon Cleansing

Colon cleansing isn’t a new concept, and people have been doing a “colon cleanse” using various products for decades. However, colon cleansing procedures administered by a licensed medical professional can be very beneficial. Here’s how.

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Colon cleansing increases the effectiveness of the digestive system.

When your colon is unhealthy, it will eventually lead to an unhealthy gut. All kinds of bacteria can get into your digestive system in this way. When the colon is cleansed and your microbiome is restored, your digestive system will work more effectively, reducing the risk of future problems.

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How To Keep Your Gut Bacteria Healthy

Do you have a healthy gut? If you frequently have digestive or bowel issues, you may have some unhealthy bacteria in your gut. Like the bacteria that live on your skin, your gut should have healthy bacteria, but harmful bacteria can also enter into the mix. Most people have more bad gut bacteria which causes bloating and gas. And when that happens, you need to take measures to protect your gut health.

Probiotics

Probiotics are the best way to balance gut bacteria. Probiotics are available as supplements, or you can get them from Greek or fortified yogurt, as well as a other fermented food sources. Adding probiotics to your diet will balance the bacteria in your gut and improve digestion.

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Natural Ways to Relieve Constipation

Constipation can happen for a number of reasons.. Constipation can be caused by anything from a change in diet to a new medication. Regardless of what is causing your constipation, you need to resolve it before it becomes a more serious blockage. Here are some natural ways to relieve constipation.

Increase fiber intake.

This is a good rule to follow even if your constipation isn’t frequent. Getting enough fiber in your diet can be difficult at times, especially when fresh fruits and vegetables are out of season. You can get fiber from whole grains like oats and granola, or you can get fiber from some protein sources like beans. Recommend 25-30 grams a day.  A good way to increase is to blend fruits & veggies in a smoothie. Juicing veggies extracts the fibrous pulp from the vegetables. 

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How to Improve Gut Health

Most people don’t realize that a healthy gut is vital to your overall health. A healthy gut has been linked to immune system performance, mental health, improvement of autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and even cancer. If you want to improve your overall health, improving your gut health is a good first step. Here are a few ways that you can do that.

Changing the Way You Eat

Your gut is impacted not just by what you eat, but how you eat. It is best to take small bites and chew slowly. The slower you eat your meals, the easier it will be for your gut to digest them fully. This can promote the absorption of nutrients while reducing gas and discomfort. Reducing the amount of sugar, high-fat, and processed foods can also improve gut health.

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