By: Steven Wright
“It’s not my fault!” We’ve all heard a pouty youngster defiantly huff with injustice. They’re determined that they’ve been wronged, and that life isn’t fair.
What if the same is true for your body? What if some of the most challenging problems aren’t our fault?
For some of us, fat loss is not easy; it’s as if the fat cells are acting in stubborn defiance to our desires. It just doesn’t work like it should. What if it wasn’t the fat cell’s fault?
What if our fat cells were being controlled by something else? If we could find this on/off switch and figure out how to change it, then the fat loss would resume again. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not.
The real answer is going to surprise to you. The controller is your digestive tract. What? The digestive tract? Yes, you read that correctly – it’s your digestive tract.
The Digestive Tract Can Unlock Fat Loss
Your digestive tract is the “mother of the body” and it’s responsible for nourishing and feeding every cell. You already know that eating SANE food is really important for fat loss. But what if you can’t actually break down those foods and absorb the nutrients?
Worse yet, what if some of those healthy foods are actually hurting your gut and making you store fat?
How would that work? If the walls of your digestive tract are damaged or not working properly, this could be exactly what is happening and the side effect of which could be weight gain.
The lining of your gut is supposed to only let certain “good” molecules into the body. But sometimes the lining can break down and start to let all kinds of “bad” invaders into the bloodstream. Things like environment toxins, bacteria, and undigested food particles. This is called Increased Intestinal Permeability or “Leaky Gut.”
Leaky gut is actually a very serious medical condition that’s linked to most chronic diseases including obesity and metabolic syndrome.
How A Leaky Gut Causes Stubborn Fat
It seems that no matter what you do, there is just that one particular trouble area that won’t go away. It’s stubborn fat, and you’re self conscious about it.
Stubborn fat can be caused by a leaky gut, and the leaky gut causes specific effects. Let’s dive into the two most important:
1) Increased Inflammation
We all have priorities, and some things are just more important than others. Likewise, your body has priorities. Leaky gut shifts the body’s priority away from fat loss, and causes a focus on inflammation.
Leaky Gut causes an increase in inflammation in your body, and that inflammation causes your body to hold onto its fat. The “bad stuff” leaks into your body, and then your body mounts an inflammatory response to protect you. And then it keeps happening – 24 hours a day 7 days a week – which just creates chronic inflammation around the gut. And then, as time passes, if the inflammation isn’t fixed, eventually it will turn into an inflammatory cascade, which begins to circulate around the whole body, and this leads to systemic inflammation.
Your body sees the systemic inflammation as a signal to not focus on fat loss – since the inflammation is a “more important” problem for the body to fix.
2) Hormone Disruption
We all know that the body creates hormones, and that hormones control different functions of the body. And when it’s all working properly, it’s a fabulous system. But just like rush-hour traffic, sometimes disruptions occur.
Leaky gut will disrupt your hormones, which will lead to stubborn fat that just won’t go away. Here’s how it works: Hormones like cortisol are very important for fat loss and proper fat storage, and cortisol is affected by leaky gut. Cortisol is one of the main hormones that helps turn off the inflammation caused by leaky gut. Too much cortisol or too little cortisol creates fat loss problems. And if your body is constantly making more of cortisol 24/7 it becomes very easy for your body to turn off fat loss. Now you have stubborn fat, and unless you fix the hormone disruption, that annoying stubborn fat will continue to persist.
Do you have a leaky gut?
Anyone can develop a leaky gut. Do you have any of these additional signs and symptoms that leaky gut is a problem for you?
- Autoimmune disease
- Chronic fatigue or low energy
- Arthritis or other joint pain
- Digestive problems like gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation
- IBS, IBD or food sensitivities
- Skin problems like acne, rashes, eczema and others
- Brain issues like ADHD, depression, anxiety or brain fog
If you answered yes… leaky gut could be the hidden cause of your stubborn fat. So what do you do about it?
How To Heal A Leaky Gut
Healing a leaky gut is as simple as following these 3 steps.
1) Remove any triggers that are damaging the gut
The most common triggers of leaky gut are from food. And you may not even realize that some of these “healthy” foods can cause your gut to have a reaction. Everyone is different in what food that their body reacts to, and it is important to know what foods in particular trigger your body. Some of the most common foods that create reactions are grains and eggs.
Specifically, gluten has been shown to cause your gut to leak all over the place. Gliadin is a toxic part of wheat that is now thought to be EVEN worse than gluten. So when it comes to leaky gut, following an “80/20 rule” or having a cheat day can be really problematic.
Not only that, but when you have leaky gut you could actually be reacting to ANY food you are eating. The best thing to do when you have a leaky gut is to eat the safest anti-inflammatory food while you work on Steps 2 and 3 below.
2) Rebuild the gut with food, supplement, and lifestyle changes
The second step it to begin rebuilding the gut by eating SANE foods that are customized to your body, using good supplements and optimizing your lifestyle. The #1 Mistake people make is thinking diet is the only thing that matters for fixing a leaky gut.
But the truth is: The number one thing people neglect is reducing their stress. There have been many research papers that talk about how bad stress is for gut health. and yes, this is something that we all want to deny. The cold, hard truth is that stress causes your gut to leak. Like it or not, this is reality.
In order to rebuild your gut, you have to take the idea of stress seriously. Because if you don’t, it will cause inflammation, hormone disruption and stubborn fat.
The biggest myth is that reducing stress has to take hours a day or be hard.The truth is that just simple things like writing in a journal each or breathing for 10 minutes can really help. Just start with that.
3) Address any root causes of leaky gut (things like gut infections or hormone imbalance)
The third step is to get rid of any of the root causes that could be causing the leaky gut to persist. The most common one I see and doctors tell me about, are digestive tract infections. Find and eliminate them to fix your gut.
The key to feeling great, losing weight and healing your gut is to use ALL of these principles at the same time. Focus on lowering stress, eating a better diet and using high quality – proven – supplements to help with leaky gut.
This is, of course, a short overview and for more in-depth information I’d urge you to come join me on a webinar called “How to Solve Your Leaky Gut“. It’s going to be a lot of fun and have some great next steps to help you get your fat loss restarted by addressing any gut health issues.
In Good Health,