Are you having a hard time losing extra weight even though you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy foods?

Starving yourself to get in shape isn’t good for your body, and excessive exercise may not be good too! These are both extremes, most people’s needs fall somewhere in between.

So let’s take a closer look at something that’s becoming a near epidemic in Western culture, because it very well may apply to your situation.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a bacterial community to keep YOU healthy.

Yes, you have a village of microorganisms living inside you. It’s a symbiotic relationship. You depend on one another for survival. This community is called your Microbiome, and it lives in your intestinal tract.

When this community is in balance, it helps you with digestion and absorbing nutrients so you can create energy for your body to use. It helps to keep your hormones balanced, so that you feel appropriately hungry or satisfied. When it’s out of balance, stuff starts to hit the fan, and chaos ensues.

How does the microbiome escape balance?

The overuse of antibiotics may be the biggest cause. Regardless of whether you don’t take antibioticss, you probably get them in a roundabout way through the food you eat. Up to 80% of the anti-toxins sold in the US are taken care of to domesticated animals for different reasons.

Antibiotics kill bacteria, and they don’t discriminate. So you lose the helpful ones, too. Unfortunately, the bacteria we call “bad” earn that label because they are so adept at repopulating. You get an overgrowth… An imbalance.

Chlorination and fluoridation in civil water supply additionally destroy gut microscopic organisms.

The resulting imbalance leads to inflammation, which can cause weight gain all by itself. And it also causes a permeability issue in your intestinal lining, commonly known as leaky gut.

This leads to your immune system reacting badly too many foods that are normally considered to be healthy. Which releases another negative cascade of more health problems.

As if this weren’t enough, the bacterial imbalance also causes a hormonal imbalance. Which can affects metabolism, mood, sleep, the ability to think clearly, skin breakouts, and more. Particularly those hunger pangs you get even though your brain knows that you’ve had plenty enough to eat.

And we are not done yet. Sometimes this in balance can be a bit sneaky. You may not realize you even have digestive problems, because you don’t have the typical heartburn, gas, or bloating you most often hear about.

So if you’re eating a reasonable amount of healthy foods, and you still can’t lose that extra weight, why not try healing your gut? It just may be the answer you’re looking for.

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