It may seem like a simple fix, but looking after your gut health can aid in weight loss.
Gut bacteria not only helps produces vitamins and communicate with your immune system, but it also influences how you digest your food and chemicals you produce to signal when you are full.
When your gut bacteria is out of whack so is your digestion and your chemical balance leading you to feel sluggish, bloated and low in energy causing you to crave sugary and carb rich foods.
As such, weight gain is inevitable and many of us may have put on weight in this manner without even realising.
One study looked into the gut bacteria of 77 pairs of twins and it found that obesity was linked to lower gut bacteria.
Other studies have shown that if you take the gut bacteria from obese people and put it into mice then they tend to gain weight as they take on the same unhealthy gut issues.
If you find yourself feeling bloated, sluggish and have put on a few kilos, then a good idea is to check in with your gut health.
Reducing your consumption of sugary processed foods is one step to looking after your gut, as well as consuming foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds as well as polyphenol rich foods such as green tea, dark chocolate and red wine and fermented foods such as yoghurt, kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut.
Taking probiotics can also help restore healthy gut bacteria.
During a three-month study, women taking probiotics lost 50 per cent more weight compared to the group taking a placebo.
In particular Lactobacillus gasseri has been shown to prove to be the most promising probiotic bacteria to show effective results on weight loss.
One study looked at 210 people suffering from belly fat and found that taking Lactobacillus gasseri for 12 weeks reduced body weight as well as BMI and waist size, while belly fat was reduced by 8.5%.
That said, another study showed that probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus did not reduce body weight, BMI or fat levels.
That said taking probiotics aren’t just beneficial for weight loss, they can also help improve digestion, reduce inflammation and also fight depression and anxiety.
In summary, looking after your gut health has a plethora of benefits. Weight loss, better digestion, less inflammation, improved immune function and overall better wellbeing are all outcomes of a healthy gut.