Weight and Gut Health

Updated: Aug 26

Are you one of those people who is constantly worried about losing/gaining weight?

Have you tried literally all juice cleanses, smoothies, keto diets, skipping dinner, boring salads, intense workouts, bananas and dates….(the list is too long) but still unable to see actual results.

What if I told you the answer to end this struggle lies in the Bacteria present in your digestive system.

Is that shocking?

Let’s see how this works and what can you do about this:

The story of gut microbiota

Firstly, let's see what the Gut is. The Gut is nothing but our digestive system. It starts from the mouth and ends at the anus. A whole ecosystem of bacteria lies in the gut. It might sound a little weird but honestly, we are actually living and moving carriers of these microbes. Our gut or the digestive system is technically our second brain. It has its own set of neurons. These neurons store, process and respond to everything that we do, think, behave, eat and drink. All our nutrients and emotions are stored in these microbes and these memories come up when we come across similar situations, food or experiences. We are all born with a sterile gut, the exposure to food, environment, breast milk, pollutants, medications, exercise, experiences, emotions: all create an impact on the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria.

Let us now see how gut microbiota impacts our weight:

1. Communication with the brain

The Gut is in direct communication with your brain via the vagus nerve. Everything your brain knows, your gut knows & vice versa. Nothing can escape this communication.

How does this impact your weight?

This communication is so strong that it creates an impact on your sleep cycle, your hunger hormones, your activity, cravings, behaviors and emotions. All the emotions that we suppress such as stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, grief are communicated directly to the gut. These suppressed emotions change our primary fuel and metabolism, this favors fat storage over fat utilization. This pushes our system to layer with fat (as a symbol of protection). Your gut microbiota are a mirror image of your emotions. These bacteria don’t just store but also respond and react to each and every emotion that you experience.

2. Nutritional absorption

Like I said, all nutrients pass through your gut. These microbiota are responsible for converting the inactive nutrients from food into active nutrients that your body can utilize. Not just that, your microbiota also synthesizes a lot of nutrients. These include micronutrients like vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Magnesium and even Copper.

All these nutrients directly participate in the metabolism of all macronutrients (Carbohydrates, protein and fat) and also other functions like immunity, hormone synthesis, growth, aging and even bone development.

If you don’t absorb these nutrients properly, your body’s functioning capacity is going to be slowed down. The slowing down will favor the deposition of fat, imbalance of hormones and therefore leaving you in the same loop.

3. Hormonal imbalances

This is partly explained in the previous point. However, the point to be added is that your gut is responsible for activation of hormones and the excretion of excess, toxin hormones. Your gut is also responsible for the excretion of toxic products from the environment i.e cosmetics, plastic, food additives, artificial flavorings and even stress hormone metabolism.

When your gut is overloaded and unable to extract maximum nutrients, it reaches a burnout. In this burnout stage, your gut cannot un-load. These waste products come in direct contact of your microbiota, causing these toxins to leak out and enter into your bloodstream. This is how these toxins reach your organs causing hormonal imbalance. These hormonal imbalances like excess estrogen, androgens and cortisol again lead to excess fat storage.

Signs of poor gut microbiota

  1. Physical symptoms:

  • Skin rashes

  • Dry skin

  • Eczema

  • Lethargy

  • Day time sleepiness

  • Cravings

  • Stubborn weight

  • Acidity, bloating, constipation

  • Bone & joint pain

  • Dandruff

  • Appetite changes

  • Brittle nails

  • Hormonal disorders like diabetes, PCOS, Thyroid disorders

  1. Mental Health

  • Confusion

  • Lack of clarity

  • Brain fog

  • Memory loss or forgetfulness

  • Nightmares

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

If you have any of the above two symptoms, the nextt 5 steps are for you.

Starting to work on your gut microbiota

It is a long process. Honestly, you need a year to completely re-balance your gut depending on your state. However, the good news changes begin in as little as 24 hours.

Below I summarize the steps we use at Amoha 14 day gut reset program to rebalance gut:

1. Remove triggers: You will need a food diary for this. Note down the porion of food/ingredient along with it immediate digestive effects and impact caused 2 hours later. This could be itching after lemon, bloating after gluten, loose stools after milk, anything. This indicates your microbiota are kicking some of these foods aout of your system too soon or they are not happy with the presence of these in your system. And if they are not happy, they won’t let you be happy & healthy!

2. Replace with wholesome nutrition: As we remove, adding is equally important. We don’t just want to reduce bad bacteria we also want to add good bacteria. To add good bacteria remember just 3 things: Flavour, Color, Variety. Add some microgreens on your salads/soups, add in some fresh parsley to your tea, top your dals with coriander leaves, add in some fruit as a snack or just add some seeds to your porridges. Variety (that suits your body) is the key.

3. Add in mindful movement: Focus on your breath and intention. A few 10-minute poses that work wonders for gut (& thus hormones + weight) are child pose, cat-cow pose, seated twist, supine twist, thunderbolt pose, abdominal massage.

4. Develop the practice of mindful eating: The science behind this is mind blowing. I am saying this from personal experience & years of work: just this one thing can move mountains (I mean your gut microbes). Just this one practice will flourish the good guys in your tummy and reduce the bad guys. The sweeping effect will be activated. To do this just do a centering breathwork or Om chants before your main meals.

5. Reflect on your emotions: Remember the vagus nerve? This could be that missing piece of puzzle for your hormones and weight. In order to get started with this: simple start meditation!

In conclusion, I just want to say everyone has the capacity to heal. Healing power lies in your Gut & Mind. When we target these two using the above basic steps, we can become in-charge of our health & wellbeing.

Work on yourself by targeting the root cause!

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