You may not know this fact but it is indeed true that what you eat is what you get; and that means what you eat is bound to get affected your gut bacteria, causing you to gain weight as there are various studies that have proven this fact that taking diets full of high fat can indeed affect our gut bacteria adversely and which in turn causes weight gain as well as inflammation.
Which is why it is vital for us to take notice of what type of fats we eat; ‘Bad fats’ such as Refined omega-6 rich vegetable oils, fats (polyunsaturated) from soybean, canola and other oils from seeds should need to be avoided at any costs as they are inflammatory.
Though wild foods (such as grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish) are a great source of omega fats, they need to be avoided as they are not a big part of our diet.
The thing is that you have to keep in mind about what type of fat we eat as the wrong ones will lead to inflammation and weight gain along with promoting the growth of bad bugs; while the right ones will help in the decrease of inflammation and loss of weight.
IS GUT HEALTH IMPORTANT?
You bet it is; as having a bad gut health will only lead to numerous health problems – obesity, cancer, heart disease, to name a few. Having a healthy gut is vital for your health as it connects everything that happens in your body. Apart from that, not to mention is that your gut helps to produce vitamins, digest food, excrete toxins among other vital functions, produce healing compounds and which in turn keeps our gut healthy.
Having a bad gut health can have a serious impact on our overall system; and that’s why, it is necessary that you should eat a diet which is rich in healthy fats and proteins, fiber. Good fats such as omega 3 fats and virgin oil (extra virgin), almond and avocados are known to improve the health of your gut along with causing you to lose weight.
Gaining weight or obesity has been linked to changes in your gut as it can produce toxins which will no doubt cause inflammation, resistance to insulin or even pre-diabetes and hence, leading to weight gain. Stress (chronic) plus lack of sleep can also promote imbalance of gut, so it’s best that you do try to get at least seven hours of sleep and not to mention, practice your best stress reduction activities and that too, daily.
WAYS OF OPTIMIZING YOUR GUT HEALTH
The best ways to optimise your gut health are that –
- You should try to cut out sugar with refined carbs and instead, you should turn to fiber from low starchy vegetables(which supports gut).
- You should include a lot of green veggies and foods which are plant based as the bacteria living in your gut loves those types of foods.
- You should eat more fats such as omega-3 from fish and not mention, monounsaturated fats (almonds, avocados, etc) to avoid inflammation as well as giving a chance for the gut bacteria to flourish.
- You should also include small amounts coconut oil as well as coconut butter by cutting bad fats such as vegetable oils.
- You can also go for fermented foods such as kimchi, tempeh, miso, to name a few.
Though the above are not miraculous cures by any chance, they can improve the health of your gut to a great extent. An improved diet with increased fiber intake along with taking the right kind of supplements can help a lot towards keeping your gut bacteria happy.