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A balanced gut may help you maintain a healthy weight: the science

  • 4 min read
You’ve committed to being healthier in the New Year, now what? Eating healthy and getting regular exercise are the main part of your game plan, but you may be missing an important part of the equation: a healthier gut.

It turns out that when you have a healthy gut, it may make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. A healthy gut = a digestive system that flows smoothly, processing food properly so the body can get enough nutrients, has a balanced mix of microbes or bacteria, and gets the waste out regularly.

What the Science Says

You’ve probably heard a lot about the gut recently. That’s because the National Institutes of Health created a Health Human Microbiome Project—the largest study of its kind dedicated to the human gut. In this years-long research, top scientists from around the world discovered that there were thousands of strains of bacteria in our digestive system that have powerful effects on our health.

Here’s more about what scientists have found: 

      ★  A healthier gut may help you maintain a healthy weight. Bacteria digest and break down the food we eat into essential nutrients that we can use; whatever we don’t digest becomes waste that we have to remove from our body regularly. But if we don’t have the right good-for-you bacteria in the gut, or we have too many bad bacteria, this imbalance can affect your metabolism—and it may even affect your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
              ★  A healthy gut may boost your immune system. 70% of immune cells are found in the gut. There, they interact with immune cells to help keep you healthy. Scientists have found that when your gut is out of balance (as indicated, for example, by constipation, gas, bloating, and an overall sluggish feeling), you may be more prone to getting sick. 
                      ★  A healthy gut may help support a better mood. Researchers have found that when you have a healthier gut, you may be happier. And when you’re happier overall, you feel better about yourself and are more likely to stick to your get-healthy goals. A win-win!
                              ★  A healthy gut may help you to sleep better. When you get enough sleep, you not only feel better, you may also be better able to maintain a healthy weight. Now researchers have discovered that you’re more likely to have sleep problems when your gut is out of balance. It turns out that the right balance of gut bacteria regulate our sleep-wake clock called the circadian rhythm.

                                  How to Keep Your Gut Healthy 

                                  There are many simple things that can help keep your gut healthy—and balanced. Here’s where to start:

                                    ✓  Address Constipation issues. If your digestive system isn't regular, and you suffer from constipation, bloating, and feeling heavy, you should address this as soon as possible. Supporting the short term cleansing and detoxification of waste may support the long term health and function of the intestines and microbiome. While cleanses are not meant for everyday use, they may allow you to reset and give you the opportunity renew your regularity with longer term solutions.

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                                        ✓  Choose whole foods over processed foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and nuts and seeds help make up a healthy diet that’s good for overall health, as well as for maintaining a healthy weight. Not only is a whole foods diet rich in nutrients like fiber, it also supports healthy digestion. Processed foods, on the other hand, are typically high in sugar or fat—which can affect the makeup of bacteria in the gut.

                                            ✓. Eat more fiber. Most people don’t get enough of the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber needed daily, but fiber curbs cravings and makes you feel fuller longer—which can help support you maintaining a healthy weight.
                                              1. If you don’t get enough fiber, gut bacteria don’t have what they need to survive—or thrive. Gut bacteria feed off of fiber, and more specifically soluble dietary fiber. While fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are optimal sources of fiber, getting enough of what you need through food isn’t always realistic.
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                                                  ✓  Drink plenty of water. You need water to help the body stay hydrated. Drinking enough water may also help suppress your appetite and may even boost your metabolism. But the gut also needs enough water to help you stay regular.
                                                    1. Water helps in the proper digestion of food—and is critical to keeping stools soft so you can get rid of waste regularly. According to research, drinking plenty of water is also important to support good-for-you bacteria in the gut. 
                                                        ✓  Get regular exercise. It’s no secret that regular exercise helps you burn calories, build muscle (which helps burn fat), and stay happier (thanks to the feel-good chemicals exercise releases). But researchers have found that consistent daily exercise also supports a healthy gut.


                                                            Bottom line: by taking care of your gut, you’re supporting your New Year’s resolutions—and you’re also making an investment in your overall health.