As we start our new year, it’s very common to set New Year’s resolutions. But, did you know that 80% of those resolutions fail by February? Despite this, we often make a feeble attempt at setting those resolutions.
By: Dr. Connie Jeon, Founder of Alkaline Wellness
When it comes to health and weight loss, though, let’s commit to positioning ourselves for success this year. After all, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results,” as said by Albert Einstein.
Did you know that much of your behavior can be dictated by the microorganisms that live within you? We’ve all heard about the leaky gut or gut permeability. More than 80% of Americans have some degree of leaky gut, which means that we’ve got more of the “bad” guys living in our gut. Slowly but surely, we begin to lose the war within and become outnumbered by the bad guys.
What does this mean? 70- 80% of our immune system resides in our gut, and a normal healthy gut doesn’t have “gaps” for the toxins, bacteria, and yeast to enter our bodies. But a leaky gut means just that, it allows the toxins to enter our gut and wreak havoc.
We live in a toxic world where we are bombarded with toxins from the air we breathe to the foods we eat. This doesn’t include the stressors in our lives and the stuff that we put on our skin. Not only that, many of us take medications that further cause toxicity, especially antibiotics. All such things cause gut permeability.
Toxins love fat cells and as the bad bacteria take over within your body, they tend to crave fat and ultimately begin dictating your behavior. This causes a gain in fat but a loss in muscle which makes it hard to exercise as we aren’t able to supply energy to our muscles.
You know the sweet tooth that you have on a daily basis? It might not be your fault, it may be the bad bugs that are driving your behavior so they can be fed. Remember, the more you feed the bad guys, the more fat you absorb, also causing fatigue because you’re not feeding your own cells. This causes inflammation, a spike in your blood sugar, the release of insulin, and you crash and burn. This happens day in and day out, and unless you are intentional about it, it’s so hard to break the cycle.
This is why this year, I want you to pay closer attention to your microbiome; the organisms within your gut. It’s smart to make sure to start with healing your leaky gut before trying yet another diet to lose weight. Once you heal your gut, your inflammation will decrease, you’ll improve your metabolism, your immune system will begin to function as it should, and you’ll begin to lose the stubborn fat in no time.
You’ll regain your energy, your brain fog will lift, you’ll have more motivation to exercise, and you’ll begin to look and feel your best. This will ultimately have a positive effect on every facet of your life. This year, do things differently by setting yourself up for success on your health endeavors. Let’s not buy into yet another diet. Diets don’t often work and food isn’t our enemy.
Instead of getting on the Keto, Paleo, Pesco, or any other diets that seem to clamor for our attention, how about we transform our bodies first so that we are in control?
Let’s have the best 2019 and transform our health and lives.
TIPS FOR HEALING YOUR LEAKY GUT:
1) Start your day with 12 ounces of lemon water.
2) Take quality probiotics with diverse strains to ensure you protect your gut lining.
3) Eat plenty of colorful vegetables to feed the good bugs as well as to supply your body of the nutrients to support gut healing and detoxification.
4) Decrease your intake of processed foods: packaged foods with loaded sugar content and ingredients with names you can’t pronounce.
5) Avoid soft drinks, energy drinks, alcoholic drinks, and fruit juices.
6) Drink plenty of water, half of your body weight in ounces per day.
7) Eat a balanced diet with lower carbohydrate foods and increased intake of vegetables.
8) Choose organic produce and grass-fed or organic meats.
9) Choose an exercise regiment that you can commit to daily.
DR. CONNIE JEON
Founder of Alkaline Wellness, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Masters in Nutrition, Registered/ Licensed Dietitian, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Pilates Instructor. alkalinewellness.com
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