Health begins in the gut – and a growing body of evidence is showing that weight loss may begin there too. While diet is crucial to the bacterial balance in your gut, research is showing that supplementing with probiotics (specifically with ones containing Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium strains) can actually help reduce body weight by improving glucose and fat metabolism and reducing chronic inflammation.
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This trace mineral doesn’t get a lot of glory, but it should: Selenium is essential to the health of your thyroid gland, which controls your metabolism and, therefore, your weight. A study review published in the journal Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity shows that supplementing with selenium in patients with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disorder that can cause weight gain, can actually reduce anti-thyroid antibodies, thereby improving the condition.
Chronic stress begets weight gain by keeping your cortisol levels high, causing a cascade of events that leads to food cravings. A study published in The FASEB Journal showed that a combination of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense, also known as Relora, reduced salivary cortisol in subjects as well as improved their mood. Say goodbye to stress eating!
Always aim to get at least 25 grams of fiber daily through your diet with vegetables, fruits, nut and seeds and whole grains, but if you can’t get enough, consider a supplement. Fiber not only increases your level of satiety, but it also helps support a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut – a key factor in keeping your weight in check.