102 PALATE: FEED­ING YOUR GUT BAC­TE­RIA RIGHT

Time to start learn­ing how to feed your gut with the right food

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Contents -

The food that you con­sume has bac­te­ria. Know­ing the good bac­te­ria for your gut helps de­ter­mine how our bod­ies store fat

Are you feed­ing your gut right? It is com­mon knowl­edge that our bod­ies are home to tril­lions of bac­te­ria, and just our gut alone is home to 500 species and 1.4kg of bac­te­ria. How­ever, not many peo­ple know that the bac­te­ria in our gut de­ter­mine how obese or how lean we get with the com­bi­na­tion of food we con­sume daily.

When we eat, what we’re re­ally feed­ing are the tril­lions of bac­te­ria that re­side in our gut. These bac­te­ria de­ter­mine how our bod­ies store fat, the way we break down glu­cose in the blood, and how we re­spond to hor­mones that makes us feel hun­gry or full. So not only does feed­ing these bac­te­ria af­fects our weight, it also af­fects our health and brain ac­tiv­ity as well.

To start feed­ing your gut healthy, first you need to know your bad fats from the good fats.

Ac­cord­ing to Mark Hy­men MD, the fats we eat are a huge in­flu­ence to our gut bac­te­ria. While it’s com­mon knowl­edge that not all omega fats are good for our bod­ies, there are still a huge num­ber of peo­ple who can’t tell the good omega from the bad.

It still sur­prises peo­ple when they find out vegetable oils are ac­tu­ally bad for our bod­ies. Fats such as soy­bean oil, canola oil, and other seed oils fall into the cat­e­gory of omega 6 fats, and re­search has shown that these fats are in­flam­ma­tory. Over con­sump­tion of these in­flam­ma­tory oils will even­tu­ally lead to var­i­ous health prob­lems such as heart dis­eases, di­a­betes, and can­cer.

Omega 3 fat is the one that you want to con­sume more. While omega 6 is in­flam­ma­tory, omega 3 does the com­plete op­po­site. Not only does it re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, omega 3 also helps in­crease weight lost and helps pro­mote health­ier gut bugs.

So you see what we mean when we say feed­ing your gut the right food would help im­prove ev­ery as­pect of your life?

KEEP YOUR GUT CLEAN

Have you ever heard of colon cleans­ing? It’s the process of re­mov­ing non-spe­cific tox­ins from the gut and the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of fae­ces in our gut. It’s a prac­tice that started thou­sands of years ago but un­til this day, there is still no clear med­i­cal proof of the health ben­e­fits af­ter a ses­sion. But that didn’t stop us from go­ing for a good cleanse once in a while and it def­i­nitely didn’t stop re­searchers from cre­at­ing new forms of cleans­ing meth­ods. One such ex­am­ple is Colonic Hy­drother­apy, it pumps water into the gut to flush out all the un­wanted el­e­ments that are stuck inside your gut. It’s a 45 minute ther­apy that can also in­clude a few trips to the toi­let!

If Colonic hy­drother­apy is too awk­ward for you, opt for the tra­di­tional way of re­mov­ing tox­ins with lax­a­tive sup­ple­ments. Lax­a­tives don’t have the same cleans­ing ef­fects as hy­drother­apy but still does the job of rid­ding your gut of ag­gra­vat­ing food and un­wanted tox­ins. Just re­mem­ber to re­plen­ish the nu­tri­ents af­ter your cleanse!

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