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You gut bacteria profile and how it effects your weight

Most of your immunity (70%) is located in your gut (you stomach, small, and large intestine, where you digest and excrete food.) For this reason it is very important for your health to optimize your gut flora (the bacteria that is naturally living in your stomach.)

  • The type and amount of microbes in your gut can either promote leanness or contribute to obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and metabolic dysfunction.
  • studies have shown differing gut flora in “skinny” versus obese people

How can you optimize your gut flora? and therefore lead a healthier leaner life?

  • Regularly taking antibiotics and eating antibiotic fed beef and meat can decimate beneficial bacteria in your gut. for that reason only take antibiotics when necessary.
  • Take a probiotic supplement every day! Find the list of top ten most pure probiotics here.
  • Eat fermented foods such as kefir, natto, fermented vegetables, tofu, and yogurt.
  • AVOID:
    • Antibacterial soap (unless for a specific reason.)
    • Conventionally raised meat and animal products, due to the antibiotics they have been given.
    • Processed food, the refined sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria.
    • CAFO- raised animal food products.
    • Emulsifies found in processed foods, they have a detrimental effect on your beneficial microbes. They interfere with microbes in your gut and promote inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. These emulsifiers found mainly in processed foods are: Polysorbate, Lecithin, Carrageenan, Polyglycerol, Xantan Gums.

This article was adapted from multiple articles from Dr.Mercola.

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Why sitting too much is so bad for your health

Most of us are spending too much of our day sitting, either at the office or at home after work, and the effects on our health are shocking. Sitting too much causes the amount of calories you burn to be very low, blood flow is reduced, insulin becomes less sensitive, LDL increases, and your life span shortens. Watch the below short video to learn more:

So what can you do to minimize these harmful effects?

The solution to sitting too much is outlined in the below video. Basically, you want to consistently break up your sitting periods. Some of the tips they include are using an exercise ball as a chair, getting up for five minutes every hour while at work, drink lots of water so you have to go use the rest room, walk to colleagues to ask questions instead of emailing or texting, and stand up during phone calls.

Other tip I can think of is while at home watching TV get up during commercials to walk around your house, grab a glass of water, or walk in place. If you need a reminder to get up every hour, set an alarm on your phone.