Perhaps one of the most troubling areas for people trying to lose weight is their stomach area. From a beer belly to that little “pooch” most women experience, trying to flatten the stomach can be quite a challenge, even for avid gym goers. Have you been consistently working on this target area but with little to no success? Among the many reasons that may be causing this, a common - yet not well known - condition known as gut dysbiosis may be the culprit keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals.
So what is gut dysbiosis? To most people, hearing this term for the first time may conjure up images of sitting in science class. Despite the scientific-sounding and intimidating name, gut dysbiosis is actually a condition that many people suffer from without knowing it. This condition is responsible for causing improper digestion of food. In order to find out exactly how gut dysbiosis manages to accomplish this, it is important to first understand what the term itself means. The word “dysbiosis” describes the imbalance a person can experience in their gastrointestinal tract. What you may not know is that inside of your gastrointestinal tract is trillions of flora, which is another term that is used to describe the various types of yeast and bacteria. The gastrointestinal tract is home to flora and the slightest disruption to this area can result in problems, such as gut dysbiosis.
Not quite sure how an imbalance on a small level can cause such a big issue? The answer is simple: flora, while small, carries huge responsibilities such as helping the human body absorb essential nutrients, improving and boosting digestion of foods, breaking down harmful toxins and making sure that they get eliminated from the body the right way. That’s a lot of crucial functions that are necessary and gut dysbiosis easily has the ability to throw a monkey wrench into the mix. When an imbalance occurs, it directly affects the flora, which in turn affects your ability to lose weight. It may be hard to believe but it’s true. The most common symptoms suffered during gut dysbiosis include bloating, acid reflux, indigestion and gas. Improper indigestion carries its own negative side effects because it sends mixed signals to your body. When you’re dealing with improper indigestion you won’t be able to absorb the full nutrients from the foods you eat, resulting in a mixed signal that you should eat more in order to satisfy your appetite - and in most cases the wrong foods end up being consumed. Confusing your body in this way through your eating habits contributes to weight gain, which may be why you’re having a tough time shedding the belly fat.
So what causes gut dysbiosis? Infections, chronic stress, pollutants, eating the wrong foods, pain medications, antacids, alcohol, illness and antibiotics are among the most common causes. In the case of eating the wrong foods, you’ll want to avoid food items that your stomach is sensitive to. This will prevent intolerance, which adds to the issue of gut dysbiosis.
The best way to find out if you have this condition is to monitor the foods you eat, figure out which ones you are sensitive to and take them out of your daily eating regimen. There is also the option of taking a special blood test, which can quickly identify your intolerances that are causing the imbalance. Improving your diet with the right food items and supplements can get rid of your gut dysbiosis and get you back on track with your weight loss goals.
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