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Is Your Gut Heath Stopping You From Getting Results?

Signs That Your Gut Health Is Kiboshing Your Results

Have you guys noticed how much air time the topic of gut health is getting these days? It's everywhere from newspaper articles to being featured on morning talk shows - Poor gut health is an epidemic and it's negatively impacting people's lives in a variety of ways. 

Today I'm speaking specifically about its role with weight gain and weight retention. 

Working out and eating clean isn't enough for many these days 

I often think back to the way people looked in the 70's and 80's when they ate clean and worked out. Long, lean, thin skin, healthy! Do you know what I mean?

Nowadays due to high toxicity levels, depressed immune systems, inflamed guts and sluggish livers (thanks life in 2018!) people are struggling with bodies that they don't recognize even when they eat clean and train often. 

So what does one do to get the body they want even if they're eating clean, training regularly and seeing minimal results? Follow me here... 

Signs that you have work to do on your gut

If you're experiencing the following results it may be time for you to address your gut health before expecting anything else to change in your body in terms of weight loss. 

  • Chronic bloat 
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Lack of focus and concentration 
  • Constipation and/or loose stool  
  • Water retention 
  • Skin rashes and irritation 
  • Acne
  • Mood irregularity 
  • Nausea 
  • Heart burn 

How poor gut health affects weight gain/weight retention

When any of the above mentioned symptoms are happening regularly it is definitely having a negative impact on your liver and immune system. 

Chronic stress on the liver and immune system can lead to another host of health issues such as:

  • Sluggish metabolism (weight retention/weight gain) 
  • Chronic inflammation (lowered immunity/water weight retention and fluctuation) 
  • Food intolerances 
  • Excess cortisol production (can lead to weight gain in the belly) 
  • Hormonal disruption (weight gain, PMS, water retention) 

What you can do about it

These symptoms sometimes improve when life situations improve. I've seen some clients move out of their parent's homes after staying for a while to renovate their own home and their gut symptoms went away! (not surprising lol) 

I've also seen people completely recover after ending a horrible relationship or quitting a job that was exhausting them. 

Though sometimes improving your life situation isn't enough. In that case it takes some extra work to get the gut (and weight) in check. 

It depends on the root issue. I often see the problems of poor gut health and weight gain/weight retention are caused by just a few common denominators. 

Leaky Gut (hyperpermeabilty of the gut tissues) 

Leaky gut can be caused by many factors. Common triggers are pro-inflammatory foods such as refined sugars, low quality and rancid fats, pharmaceuticals, excess alcohol and drug intake, high stress lifestyle etc. 

Leaky gut is very common these days because many of us are exposed to a few if not all of the above mentioned triggers. 

It's fairly simple to address but complex in the sense that we must  remove the triggers during the health protocol and beyond to have long-lasting relief. 

Some people find it difficult to change their patters of how they respond to stress, how much alcohol they drink in a week or reaching for that over-the-counter medication to aid in relief of painful symptoms such as headaches, back pain, poor sleep etc. 

Contact me directly to learn how I can help with a leaky gut protocol and breaking undesirable patterns that lead to illness. 

IBS/SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) 

Do you or someone have chronic IBS? Chances are you're answering yes to that. 

IBS affects 25% of the global population25%! That's huge, and is also rooted in the same triggers as I mentioned for leaky gut. The physiology of the illness differs in the sense that instead of the tissues in the gut gapping (hyper permeability), leading to proteins and antigens directly entering the blood stream (Leaky gut), where IBS/SIBO, in up to 85% of sufferers, is rooted in a bacterial infection in the small intestine (combined with structural issues). 

Addressing your IBS symptoms and healing at a root level is key in reducing the impact on your liver and in turn improving your metabolism and body's ability to effectively process fats and toxins. 

Check out my program for IBS here

Sluggish/Toxic Liver

I speak a lot about the role that the liver plays in having a healthy metabolism and BMI. 

To say it simply, our livers are stressed these days. We eat foods that are difficult for our livers to process, we drink too much, we ingest a lot of toxins via air, food, water and are stressed to the max which can also slow down the liver's ability to function properly. 

Doing an annual or bi-annual liver detox is so necessary when you're looking to improve your gut health and lose weight. 

I see it over and over in practise. Those who do a proper liver detox begin to see incredible weight loss, thinner skin, reduced water retention, improved menstruation, better sleep etc.

Want the goods on liver detox? Thought so. Get more info on my liver detox program here

 

Finding your ideal BMI and shedding unwanted and excess fat is no longer just about eating salads and doing the grapevine a few times per week (although a good grapevine is never frowned upon!).

It's about learning to thrive in today's toxic world and reducing the impact that stress and toxicity has on our gut, liver and immune system so that our organs can effectively process toxins, sugars and fats and keep us lean, happy and healthy for years to come! 

Want to learn more about how I help people heal their guts and lose weight? Reach out to book your complimentary 15 minute consultation anytime! 

In good health + happiness,
Cassandra Hope 

 

 

 

 

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