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Can Digestive Health Impact our ability to LOSE WEIGHT?




Recent research has shed light on this issue; there is increasing evidence that by improving the balance of healthy gut microflora, it can improve our capacity to achieve a healthy weight – and keep it off in the future. stv

Here are some basic principles for achieving a healthy balance of gut microflora. If you are trying to lose weight, this might be a good starting point. Keep in mind that our gut microflora is largely influenced by our diet and lifestyle. So a balanced meal plan and healthy lifestyle practices are essential elements for any weight loss goal.

3 simple tools for improving digestive health. 

1. Eat more fibre and prebiotic foods. Diet has a great influence on the composition of the microflora in the gut. Research has shown that foods that are high in fibre can help promote the growth of friendly bacteria. Prebiotics are plant-fibre compounds that help to stimulate the growth and regeneration of good bacteria. Green leafy vegetables as well as vegetables in the cruciferous family (broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower) are and excellent source of fibre and prebiotics. It’s a good idea to aim for 2 or more serves of these types of vegetables every day.

2. Enjoy cultured foods as part of a healthy diet: Foods that contain a live microbial culture can help to populate the gut with health-promoting bacteria. Look for traditional (unpasteurized) sauerkraut, kim chi or any type of vegetable medley containing live cultures. You can also try consuming good quality yoghurt, kefir, cottage cheese or quark. We hope to hold regular sauerkraut and cultured food preparation classes in the future at Errol Street Chiropractic. Make sure that you are signed up to the newsletter to keep informed.

3. Avoid triggers for microbial imbalance:

There are several contributing factors that can set your gut bacteria out of balance. These include:   
- The over-use of antibiotics and NSAIDs.
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- Environmental toxins
- Poor sleep and prolonged periods of stress

I make a point of providing a ‘healthy home living pack’ to every patient that I see at Errol Street Chiropractic. This includes information and resources on home skin care products, non-toxic cleaning products and organic food resources throughout Melbourne.

Adopting these lifestyle changes can impact our inner microbial balance as well as our overall health and wellness.  

 
Posted on: 21st July, 2015
Categories: Weight Loss, Nutrition
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