Do you know that your gut microbes affect whether or not you will be successful at losing weight?
Do you know that your bad gut microbes can create feelings such as anxiety, worry, depression, lethargy, irritability, and anger?
Do you know that the quality of people's diets predicts the risk for developing depression? Do you know that one study showed that a third of the people with severe depression had a full remission from their depression after just three months, just by changing their diet?
Do you know that your bad gut microbes give you food cravings and drive what you are strongly attracted to eat?
Do you know that your bad gut microbes turn off your satiety signals so that you don’t feel full and then overeat? Do you know that your bad gut microbes are often responsible when you overeat sugar or unhealthy fats*?
Do you know that 70% of our immune system resides in our gut microbes?
Do you know that each person has their own unique gut microbe composition? Do you know that even two people eating identical diets will have vastly different microbiota compositions?
Did you know there is a way to determine which foods will uniquely feed and nourish your own beneficial gut microbes? Do you know there is a way to identify your bad ones and then diminish their effects on you?
Resources I have found helpful (I do not receive a benefit from providing these resources; just passing along good information):
Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome by Will Bulsiewicz MD
The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health by Emeran Mayer
ZOE Nutritional Support Program. I like the emphasis on wellness instead of weight. Zoe is an online health service that assesses the status of your microbiome. Through a stool sample and a blood sugar/blood fat response test, Zoe will provide a personalized analysis of your gut microbiome and recommend foods to optimize it. The program also provides daily short tutorials which are very helpful. Be sure to consult with your physician to tailor any recommendations to your situation.