In the beginning of any new year it is common to set goals around weight loss and health. How are you going to achieve your goals? Eating less and exercising more may work for some, but this formula does not hold all the answers. Read below to learn why “calories in vs calories out” is not the full story. Here are the TOP 5 things that could be preventing you from reaching your 2019 health goals.
5. Altered Gut Bacteria: Studies now show that an imbalance in gut bacteria has a huge effect on the amount of inflammation going on inside our digestive system. More inflammation stimulates the body to gain weight. In fact, there is research that shows fecal transplants in mice can drastically change a mouses weight. In humans, fecal transplants have also been shown to reduce or reverse irritable bowel diseases.
4. Food allergies/sensitivities: Another component of gut inflammation is food that our body’s immune system reacts to. If we have a bunch of food sensitivities it may point to “leaky gut” or high gut permeability. A leaky gut allows food particles, bacteria, and other pathogens to move from the intestines into the body, causing inflammation. By doing an elimination diet or specific blood work, we can see certain foods that cause inflammatory reactions like stomach aches, constipation/diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, or even a stuffy nose. While eliminating these foods can be a good first step, it is also important to work on healing the underlying gut inflammation causing the foods sensitivity in the first place. Left untreated, leaky gut can lead to other health concerns like autoimmune disease and cognitive decline.
3. Hormone balance: I am not just talking about our sex hormones, like estrogen, but also adrenal and thyroid hormones. If the body’s hormones are imbalanced or stressed, losing weight can be an uphill battle. If you already eat healthy and exercise regularly but still have issues with weight, sleep, or energy this is the next area to look with a functional medicine nutritionist.
2. Sleep: If sleep is off, you can bet the rest of the body’s systems will be off as well. In fact, your quality of sleep is a huge indicator into blood sugar regulation, adrenal and thyroid health, as well as neurotransmitter balance.
1. Stress: Stress is the number one factor that will impact your weight and health. Stress impacts each of the previous four factors and can be the spark the lights the match for failing health. Stress also stimulates the release of cortisol, a hormone that stimulates fat accumulation in our abdomen. Stress can come from a fast-paced lifestyle, nutrient deficiencies, and/or a history of trauma. No matter where your stress is coming from, working to reduce stress can be one of the best ways to support your health and weight loss goals.
For each of these top five factors, working with Sally can be a great way to evaluate your body’s unique needs. Make 2019 the year you get serious about feeling your best!