Optimal Weight Part 1: Leaky Gut
Have you ever begun a diet plan with a friend and they lost weight and you didn’t? The answer is probably in your genes! As a woman physician who struggles with this very issue it has been my life crusade to share my knowledge and personal experience of the often overlooked successful Multistep Approach to Optimal Weight. Your specific DNA makeup affects and is affected by the quality and percentage balance of macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) that you are built genetically to metabolize efficiently. This DNA information on your personal food and exercise recipe combined with your thyroid function, sugar ingestion, gut health, food allergies/sensitivities, hormone levels and vitamin amino acid balance. It is an interconnected wheel and each component should be addressed in order to achieve lifetime optimal weight balance.
If your car engine were leaking oil eventually it would break down, same with your gut. When the gut gets irritated and inflamed it is as if tiny perforations occur and toxins enter the body that weren't meant to be there. When this occurs, the healthy bacteria in your intestines have decreased ability to protect and stabilize the gut environment and abnormal bacteria and yeast overgrow. Then vitamins and nutrients are poorly absorbed which may lead to bloating, increased cortisol, inflammation & weight gain. These symptoms can cause many to decrease activity and feel moody.
Leaky gut inflammation is created by the body's response to any of a myriad of issues such as a poor diet - preservatives, pesticides, fried foods, fast foods, trans fats, gluten and low fiber; Sugar and high fructose corn syrup; physical, emotional and chemical stress; stomach antacids; antibiotics; NSAIDS; alcohol; and Vitamin and amino acid deficiencies.
Repairing and improving the leaky gut begins with initiating live refrigerated medical grade probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria and yeast to keep the gut healthy, while prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for the probiotics. Decrease soda, caffeine, and alcohol while increasing filtered water. Plastic leaches xenoestrogen chemicals so use glass or steel containers. Improve your diet by eating organic, NON-GMO, gluten free foods with plenty of cruciferous vegetables, fresh fruit, lean meats (grass fed, no antibiotics, no hormones), fish and high quality grains such as quinoa, steel cut oats, yams. Avoid deli meats, cookies, crackers and chips. Add fermented foods to your diet like Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Pickles, Kimchi and Natto.
Stay tuned for Part 2 Thyroid and Optimal Weight.