OBESITY? WHAT HAS YOUR GUT GOT TO DO WITH? AND WHY THE COW?
I am always reading that exercise, taking in less food and getting the right hormone balance helps us to lose weight…100% correct…BUT did you know that Gut Health also plays an important role?
Gut health is everywhere right now and I will explain why with no big words.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a word used to describe someone who is excessively overweight. Energy intake from foods eaten is stored as FAT as the body hasn’t used it in some way. HEALTH is going to be affected by this! Obesity is one of the leading ‘preventable’ causes of death world-wide.
Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016.
Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
Obesity is preventable.
Research has found that different kinds of bacteria that live inside our ‘digestive tracts’ play an important role in obesity and weight loss.
Some of the types of bacteria that live in our gut (bowel, colon, intestines) work harder at ‘removing’ calories better than others.
These amazing gut bacteria in our bowels can break down the waste and release calories rather than them being released into our bloodstream. This means the type of bacteria in our gut helps contribute to body weight and weight gain.
Some of the many factors that can upset our gut flora include: stress, diseases, medication, antibiotics, highly processed foods, preservatives, high intake of alcohol, high intake of caffeine, high sugar diet, low fat dieting, lack of sleep, laxative abuse etc.
To help build up the GOOD gut bacteria we need to: decrease stress levels, get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, consume probiotics (either as a supplement or in the food source of sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, kimchi etc), don’t forget the intake of Bone Broth of which I will be sharing my recipe in a later post, so keep a look out.
Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink, originally from the mountainous region that divides Asia and Europe. It is similar to yogurt – but a drink, with a tart, sour taste and a slight ‘fizz’. This is due to carbon dioxide – the end product of the fermentation process. The length of the fermentation time will affect the taste. Kefir is a good source of calcium and is rich in probiotic bacteria. Kefir grains contain around 30 strains of beneficial bacteria. Some of the major strains include the lactobacillales – or lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
*BUT you don't need to go all the way to Asia for quality Kefir*
Real Raw Milk, based in Crewe, Cheshire has been supplying Cheshire with fresh & natural produce for 20 years. Ran by Andrew and Lucy Hollinshead; they don't use any artificial fertilisers and they ensure their cows receive the best nutrients to ensure to ensure good health.
Please do note that store bought kefir does not have near as many benefits as real Kefir. Based locally, you can either pop to the farm, meet them at one of the farmers markets advertised on the website or arrange delivery.
This repair is NOT an instant result it can take years depending on the state of your gut. But working on it will help the repair and will help with the growth of healthy intestinal gut flora. This will also benefit in other ways such as: preventing illnesses, increased energy levels, noticeable changes in skin/hair, strengthening of the immune system etc. You can’t go wrong.
Start working on your gut health TODAY!
If you want to learn more about the body’s most under-rated organ the I highly recommend: