[/fusion_imageframe]A recent study has concluded that the the stuff living in your gut (yes, you!) can actually signal feelings of satiation after eating. Say what?
Well, those living organisms otherwise known as gut microbes produce proteins that can actually suppress appetite. Considering their subtle way of telling us, “Hey, slow it down,” as we dig into our lunch, it is thought that our gut bacteria can help to control when and how much we eat. After all, we only have so much mental willpower. It would make sense that there is another way for our bodies to assert control over our appetite.
The release of those proteins stimulate the release of satiety hormones. This means that the gut is physiologically active in the role of appetite regulation. When we eat, we introduce our gut to a variety of bacteria, both good and bad. The science behind the good stuff? Survival. Those gut microbes depend on our bodies for a place to live, so it only makes sense that they would do their best to make it feel like home. In order to keep a stable environment, those microbes signal to us (i.e. we feel hungry) when to ingest more nutrients.
By following our gut instinct, we can regulate our appetites and decrease food consumption which can ultimately help to reach weight loss goals.
In a fast-paced society and a focus on snacking throughout the day, we often don’t pay enough attention to our internal hunger cues or confuse them for emotional hunger or thirst. Moreover, we’re often pressured to eat more and indulge in social settings, for holidays, or as a “reward.” Sometimes, we just can’t trust our brains to tell us when we are hungry and when we are full.
The Happy Body Formula is all about getting gutsy with a whole week dedicated to gut health, probiotic recipes, and expert Q&A’s on how to heal your gut for optimal health and digestion. Some of our favourite foods for a healthy gut include fermented dishes like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and kefir in addition to grass-fed gelatin, oily fish, and herbs and spices.
Getting in touch with your gut health can get you back in tune with what’s on your plate.
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