If you are looking to improve your gut health and lose weight, it just might be easier than you think. The three steps outlined below can quickly put you on the path to better digestion and a boosted metabolism. The icing on the (gluten-free) cake is that, if you follow these easy steps, you will also increase your energy levels and improve your immune system.
1. Find Your Food Triggers
It is important to start by examining your diet to determine if you’re eating anything that you are currently reacting to. For example, if you have never tried going gluten or dairy-free, eliminate these two food groups for a one-month trial.
At the end of the month, try reintroducing gluten and watch for any reactions. Next, reintroduce dairy and again watch for any reactions.
Your body will provide you with feedback. After reintroducing these foods look out for any symptoms like tiredness, moodiness, bloating, changes in bowel motions or rashes.
Do you experience any of these symptoms after eating other foods? As you examine your current diet to see how it makes you feel, it can be helpful to keep a food dairy to write down what you eat each day, and how you felt afterwards. By doing this you will soon see a connection.
Step 1: Determine which foods trigger inflammation in your body.
2. Add Extra Virgin Coconut Oil into Your Diet
Coconut Oil is a true superfood. It is full of healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), also known as medium-chain fatty acids, which our body uses as fuel -— MCTs are digested easily, go straight to the liver and help to stimulate our metabolism.
Full of lauric acid, which destroys bacteria, viruses and harmful yeasts, coconut oil can help to;
- boost metabolism and aid weight loss*
- reduce appetite
- boost thyroid function and nourish hormones
- eliminate candida overgrowth
Use coconut oil in baking, for frying and roasting, add it to smoothies or oatmeal, or use it as a spread instead of butter.
* It is important to note that if you skip step one (eliminating possible food triggers) you won’t reap the metabolism-boosting benefits of coconut oil. By continuing to eat foods that you are intolerant to or that your body is reacting to, you will hinder your progress to lose weight, no matter how much coconut oil you consume.
Step 2: Gradually add 1 tablespoon a day of virgin coconut oil into your diet for its therapeutic benefits.
3. Add in Plenty of Good Bacteria
Our gut is made up of trillions of bacteria and, by adding in probiotics, we can influence these bacterial communities for the better. Probiotics have been shown to improve digestive health, reduce inflammation and even reduce anxiety and depression.
New research now suggests that probiotics can also aid in weight loss. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reported that overweight women consuming daily probiotics lost more weight than women taking placebo pills.
Specific strains of probiotics, like Lactobacillus gasseri have demonstrated particularly encouraging results in their potential to aid weight loss.
The benefits of taking probiotics, and consuming fermented foods, are threefold: you improve your digestive health, help your gut to heal and increase your body’s ability to lose weight.
Step 3: Take a high quality probiotic supplement
By eliminating your personal food triggers and adding in coconut oil and probiotics into your diet, you are well on the way to improved gut health and a boosted metabolism. These three steps will powerfully support your weight loss goals and naturally improve your overall health.