Losing weight can be a common problem. Having the best gyms and following the best possible diets, may not be enough for weight loss. For you to lose a good weight, your concentration has to go beyond exercise and diet changes to your body bacteria. Yes, you read correctly! Your microbiome may be the reason you are unable to lose those extra kilos.

What is microbiome?

The human microbiome is composed of communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi present in the human body. These are the microorganisms in the body or a particular part of the body. Here is how it can stop you from losing weight.


​Bacterial imbalance

Think of microbiome as a big city that is filled with different bacterial colonies. A strong diversity of healthy probiotics is needed for optimal health and fast metabolism.

Studies have found that people who are overweight or obese have lower microbiome diversity.


Connect between gut and sleep

Your sleep hormone, melatonin is made in the brain but a lot of it is also in your gut. Thus, the bacteria in your gut needs to be healthy for a healthy melatonin level. To keep it simple, an unhealthy microbiome will mess up with your sleep. And if you know, losing on sleep can make fat cells 30 percent less able to deal with your fat-storing hormone (insulin).


Leaky gut syndrome

People with leaky gut syndrome also have an increased level of fat and larger waist circumference. The leaky gut syndrome can lead to low-grade brain inflammation, which can further complicate weight loss by messing up with your hormones.


Tips on what you can do

1. Get tested

There are not always symptoms that can point towards an underlying gut problem. By getting the lab test done, you can know if you have a leaky gut syndrome, SIBO, candida overgrowth or short-chain fatty acids and find out what’s really going in your gut.

2. ​Increase your bacterial diversity

Probiotics work wonder in balancing your microbiome. A combination of bifidobacterial, enterococcus and lactobacillus have shown to have a positive effect on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Probiotics work by influencing the balance of the microbiome and encouraging the population of healthy bacteria. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha and coconut kefir promote healthy bacterial diversity.

3. ​Promote healthy SCFAa

SCFAs are made when you eat probiotics and fibre rich foods. Load up on green leafy vegetables and fruits for added fibre and probiotics.

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Text source:| Timesofindia

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