The short answer is yes!

Over the last fifteen years there has been huge interest in the human microbiome – the billions of microbes that live on and in the human body. Researchers continue to discover how the microbiome influences many aspects of our existence, including the risk of becoming obese and developing metabolic imbalances.

Of the many microbes resident in the gut, some are able to extract more energy from food than others. However, if you have too many of these bacteria (known as Firmicutes), then the body tends to store more of this extra energy as fat, contributing to weight gain. If however, you have more of a different type of bacteria (called Bacteriodetes) then less energy is extracted from food, less fat is stored, and you are likely to be leaner.

To add to this, when your microbiome is out of balance (dysbiosis), you generally crave sweet and in general sugary or high carbohydrate foods which contributes to more dysbiosis, more poor food choices, big blood sugar fluctuations and then of course more weight gain. By this stage you are often all over the place with your moods, low in energy and motivation and generally feel unwell. You may also have developed tummy problems, skin issues, pain and inflammation and/or hormonal issues. Can you relate?

Restoring balance in the microbiome can help support all of these health issues and a healthy weight. This solution can often be simple, depending on your situation. It may just be simple dietary changes and a specifically prescribed probiotic, the right strain/strains for your situation. It may also include lifestyle changes, stress management or other practitioner prescribed nutrients to heal the gut and correct nutrient deficiencies.

This is what we can help you with at Informed Health, whether in one on one consultations or in our online group programs including Love Your Gut program. Learn more about our online Initial Health Assessment package and our online Love Your Gut program.

 

Fiona Kane is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Mind Body Eating Coach, Holistic Counsellor, Professional Speaker and writer on Health and Nutrition and the founder of Informed Health.