Part 5 - How do we lose weight?
Okay . . . so yesterday we found out about the different types of fat we carry in our body and which ones are dangerous to our health. We spoke of "visceral" fat and that one of the ways this fat accumulates in the body is by the stress in our lives. But there's also another way. And that would be from a "Leaky Gut".
It's well studied that people with higher markers of leaky gut also had higher levels of visceral fat, liver fat, a larger waistline, bacterial imbalance (that's the "good" and "bad" bacteria we spoke of), an unhealthy diet and nutritional deficiencies.
So what is this "LEAKY GUT"?
"Leaky gut" also known as "increased intestinal permeability", is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to "leak" through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream causing bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, chronic diarrhea or constipation, nutritional deficiencies, fatigue, headaches, confusion, joint pain, difficulty concentrating and skin problems such as acne, rashes or eczema.
And when the gut is "leaky" and bacteria and toxins enter the bloodstream, it can cause widespread "inflammation" and will trigger a reaction from the immune system which leads to even more "inflammation" and weight gain!
And guess what? These toxins trigger inflammatory proteins called . . . you guessed it . . . "cytokines"! Cytokines then change the production and transmission of neurotransmitters (that's our communication highway) responsible for our mood which can lead to negative emotions and fatigue.
So as you can clearly see . . . the combination of inflammation, cytokines and leaky gut are all reasons we have a hard time losing weight.
And the really sad part about "leaky gut" . . . is that conventional medicine doesn't recognize "leaky gut" as a real condition therefor, they don't treat this condition.
Unfortunately, it's up to us to fix our health and that's why I'm giving you this information. We need to be "Empowered"!
So you ask . . . exactly how does this "leaky gut" work and cause such devastation to our body and weight?