|As crazy as it may seem, the bacteria in your gut can make or break your ability to burn body fat and lose weight.
Having been a personal trainer and nutrition advisor for over a decade, I’ve seen my fair share of people who wanted to lose weight.
Some achieve results quickly, whereas others struggle.
How is that? It’s all down to your gut.
One of the most interesting factors in weight management is the gut, especially when people gain weight or struggle to lose it, despite doing all the right things in terms of diet and exercise.
Gut bacteria and fat
There are more bacteria in your digestive system than there are cells in your body.
In other words, bacteria are very, very important.
The friendly bacteria in your gut assist with food digestion, protection against “bad bugs” and inflammation, vitamin synthesis and immune support.
Believe it or not, they are now also known to affect your mood.
Certain types of bacteria, known as “Firmicutes” (pronounced “firm-i-cue-tees”) extract MORE calories from the food you eat.
Other types, known as “Bacteroides” (pronounced “Bact-er-oi-dees) don’t extract so many calories.
Research shows that when the balance of Firmicutes to Bacteroides goes higher than 80% to 20%, people are more likely to gain body fat and put on weight.
Research also shows that overweight and obese people generally have higher amounts of Firmicutes than people who are at their ideal, or acceptable weight.
It’s possible to check this bacterial balance using our comprehensive stool test, which does MUCH more than just find bad bugs.
Stomach acid and body fat
Your stomach is supposed to be very acidic (low pH). The acid helps you chop up food so it is easily digested.
The acid also acts as a furnace to burn and kill bad bugs that enter on the food and water you consume.
H. pylori infections, zinc deficiency, vitamin B6 deficiency and other imbalances can cause a reduction in stomach acid levels.
When this happens, food is not digested properly, leading to further nutrient deficiencies.
You can see in the example below, which is from one of my clients in California, that:
Triglycerides are too high (poor digestion of fat)
In a case like this, the body simply can’t derive nutrients from food effectively, and will become inefficient. In turn this can lead to virtually any symptom, including weight gain.
I’ve seen people lose weight when taking supplements to improve digestion.
I’ve also seen them put the weight right back on when they stop taking the supplements.
Comprehensive stool testing can provide information on whether you’re digesting protein and fat properly.
If you’re not, it’s a very strong indicator that your stomach acid level, digestive enzyme levels are too low.
What this means
If you are struggling to lose weight, or if you’re gaining weight – especially if you have digestive symptoms – it’s prudent to consider getting a stool test done.
The long-term consequences of not having the right balance of friendly bacteria in your gut, as well as being unable to digest food properly are profound.
Fatigue, depression or anxiety, sleep issues, reproductive problems, skin disorders, aches and pain, and many other symptoms can develop due to faulty digestion.
Not to mention mysterious weight management problems.
And don’t forget, a stool test is done in the privacy of your own home. You just send off a sample in the packaging provided.
What’s more, if the test comes back blank, you get a full refund.