‘All disease begins in the gut’ – Hippocrates
Research has shown over past 2 decades that gut health is critical for overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a lot of diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, and a whole lot more.
Your gut makes up about 75% of your immune system, it is responsible for what should and should not enter our system. Unfortunately due to our current lifestyle and poor nutritional choices most peoples guts are generally unhealthy. This can cause the gut to become semi-permeable (or leaky gut). When this happens the body starts to let in things it should. The body then mounts an immune response resulting in the increase of cortisol levels (stress hormone) and the breakdown of lean tissue. Subsequently this will lead to an increase in body fat storage especially around the abdominals (belly).
Contributing factors to a poor gut include:
- Diets high in refined carbs and processed food.
- Diets low in fibre.
- Dietary toxins (such as wheat).
- Chronic stress.
- Antibiotics and other medications.
If you are looking to improve your body composition and health, focusing on the gut has to be your number one priority. Eat a diet rich in protein, vegetables (especially greens, broccoli, kale, spinach) and good fats (fish, nuts, avocado, etc). Make sure the foods you select are as naturals as possible. Remember we can not improve on what nature provides.
Secondly, sleep. Inadequate sleep has been linked to elevated cortisol levels, increased body fat storage and poor gut health. Keep your circadian rhythm and hormones in balance by getting a good 8 hours sleep (unbroken) and try to go to bed and wake up at roughly same time. Make sure your room is blacked out and all tv’s and other devices are switched off.
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