You are more than what you eat. You Are What You Digest.
Digestion and gut health is a hot topic right now. Health food stores carry hundreds of products to support digestion and if you ask any health coach or wellness professional about the importance of eating fermented foods, they’ll have much to say.
Individual dietary needs are linked to gut health.
As you are a bio-individual, your specific gut health will affect what you are able to digest properly and thus, what you will be able to absorb into your body. To figure out why people reacted so differently to the same foods, researchers studied participants’ microbiomes – their unique collection of good and bad bacteria.
This investigation showed that obese people have a less diverse microbiome than thin people, proving that variation in bacteria is key to health and weight maintenance. In an experiment on mice, scientists found that when they transferred bacteria from obese mice to lean mice, the lean mice became obese without a change in food intake.
It’s clear from this experiment that gut flora plays a big role in how our bodies respond to food.
You can read more about this research here.
In my health coaching practice, I help clients determine what foods support their body and, if needed, what supplements, such as probiotics or digestive enzymes, will support their system. Personally, I have benefitted a great deal from taking a daily probiotic supplement and eating fermented foods regularly, such as raw fermented pickles and sauerkraut.
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