Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
What if losing weight has nothing to do with calories, restrictive diets, or drastically reducing food intake?
It’s become apparent that the traditional advice for weight loss isn’t working (and has it ever?), with almost 7 out of 10 adults in the U.S. considered overweight, yet nutritional status is plummeting.
The foods many of us consider healthy actually play a big part in weight gain. These foods spike insulin and blood sugar, and alter neurotransmitters. While other foods satisfy your hunger, curb your appetite, and increase fat burning.
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The solution for automatic weight loss lies in restoring balance to the one system that affects the health of your entire body. The 21-Day Belly Fix boosts metabolism, restores gut bacteria that control weight gain, and balances hormones that make the body store fat.
It’s Not About Counting Calories
Our modern lives contribute to weight gain in surprising ways that have very little to do with overeating. Factors include:
- A poor diet. Low nutrient status = a poorly functioning metabolism.
- Bacterial imbalances including SIBO, parasites, or infections.
- Medication use (or overuse) like acid-lowering drugs, painkillers, NSAIDs, or steroids that inhibit normal digestive function.
- Low digestive enzymes. Hormone imbalance and nutrient deficiencies all contribute to the poor breakdown of foods.
- Toxic load slows digestion and bogs down detoxification pathways.
- Stress alters normal digestion and increases inflammation.
The Belly Fix’s powerful addition of fermented superfoods, targeted amino acids, and restorative probiotics rebuilds the five pillars of gut health, which are key to restoring gut function.
What are the 5 pillars of gut health? Read on to learn the benefits of the Belly Fix!
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1. Repair Leaky Gut
Leaky gut is the name given to an increasingly common disorder in which the cells that line the intestine become “leaky” due to inflammation. This inflammation is triggered by the immune system most often in response to a combination of diet, stress, or toxin exposure.
Leaky gut, or intestinal malabsorption, is almost endemic in today’s society. A leaky gut causes a myriad of health issues, ranging from minor to severe, such as:
- Diarrhea, gas, bloating
- Weight gain
- Skin rashes, eczema, acne
- Sugar cravings
- Brain fog, headaches
- Nutritional deficiencies.
What’s more, a leaky gut is at the root of autoimmune conditions and poor immune function.
Once the cells of the intestines become leaky, they allow particles of proteins, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms not ordinarily absorbed in the bloodstream to pass through a damaged, hyperpermeable gut lining, where they further trigger an inflammatory immune response once they leave the digestive system.
The specific formulation in the Belly Fix helps repair intestinal malabsorption caused by a damaged gut lining.
How To Repair A Leaky Gut
Collagen, which is naturally high in the amino acids glycine and proline, serves to restore and repair a damaged intestinal lining, beginning the process of halting the passage of unwanted digestive matter into the bloodstream.
Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, also plays a major role in the gut. This amino acid is responsible for regulating the expression of proteins that control the function of tight junctions–the space between cells ideally through which only nutrients and water should pass (1).
It also helps modulate the inflammatory response, but glutamine stores can be depleted during times of metabolic stress–like trauma or inflammatory bowel conditions.
This is why replacing depleted glutamine during times of digestive distress plays a significant role in rebuilding the intestinal lining.
2.Balance the Microbiome
Too many bad gut bacteria (yeast, parasites, pathogens) or not enough good bacteria spells serious trouble for digestive function, leaky gut, and your waistline.
A Healthy Gut is Key for Weight Loss
We know that intestinal microorganisms have a profound impact upon weight and metabolism through several different mechanisms. Some bacteria extract more energy from the food we eat (leading to increased weight), and other extract less (resulting in weight loss).
Some bacteria are capable of triggering inflammation in the gut, compounding leaky gut symptoms, and others help modulate inflammation. Inflammation is one of the triggers for insulin dysregulation and diabetes, and other chronic metabolic disease.
In a study comparing intestinal bacteria in individuals with obesity, to those who were a healthy weight, researchers found a reduced number and diversity of bacteria in overweight individuals (2).
The 21-Day Belly Fix rebuilds the beneficial intestinal flora we need to create a microbiome conducive to weight loss.
Candida Busting Probiotics
Candida overgrowth is rampant today and is the cause of many issues that doctors often don’t connect to gut health. Candida, a yeast-like bacteria, are naturally present in the intestines, on the skin, and in the vaginal tract, but when conditions are right, they can proliferate and cause problems that range from insulin dysregulation, to worsening PCOS symptoms and even chronic sinus issues.
And as we know, insulin dysregulation is a trigger for weight gain even when our lifestyle and diet is healthy.
Candida love sugar, and at a consumption of 152 pounds per year–hidden almost everywhere– in sauces, processed foods, and drinks, we’re at much greater risk of candida overgrowth than our ancestors, who only consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per year (3).
Candida overgrowth symptoms also commonly include brain fog and poor memory, which many never connect to a bacteria imbalance (4).
The Belly Fix contains Saccharomyces boulardii to bust candida and restore balance to the microbiome. S. boulardii is one of the few types of good bacteria that destroys candida’s protective biofilm (5). Once the biofilm is destroyed, the gut can easier rid itself of the overgrowth.
Inflammation begins in the gut with an imbalanced microbiome. Robust intestinal flora also help protect the gut by producing certain short chain fatty acids (SCFA), such as butyric acid (which is also found in grass-fed butter). SCFA are produced when good bacteria break down the fiber in our diet.
The main benefits of SCFA is their ability to provide energy for the cells in our digestive system and colon. Adequate energy for intestinal cells helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining and lower inflammation (6).
Plus, a centuries-old staple in Eastern culture, the Belly Fix also contains a highly bioavailable form of turmeric, to support the body’s response to inflammation. Turmeric supports the health of tight-junction proteins, the integrity of intestinal cells, and digestive immune cells (7).
Inflammation is a trigger for leaky gut, but most turmeric supplements are poorly absorbed in the digestive system.
To increase absorption of turmeric’s beneficial active compounds, the Belly Fix is formulated with fermented turmeric, which has been shown to be about 1.5 times better absorbed than non-fermented (8)(9).
4.Healthy Insulin Response
The key trigger for all stubborn weight gain is a hormone that we all depend on (but just not too much of).
This hormone is insulin.
An unhealthy gut, such as one with candida overgrowth or poor nutrient absorption, can create a disruption in our body’s response to the message insulin sends, creating chronically imbalanced blood sugar, and high insulin levels.
If insulin remains high, this prompts our body to also store fat–especially around the middle.
Foods derived from coconut, and supplements such as MCTs, have been shown to be beneficial for our gut microbes, which can support healthy insulin function (10).
Coconut oil MCT powder is a convenient source of easily digestible MCTs.
What’s more, because of MCTs molecular structure, they’re an efficient source of energy for the brain and muscles, but don’t raise blood sugar in the process of digestion (10).
As we age, and due to factors like stress, a poor diet, or slow digestion, we gradually produce fewer enzymes, which drastically reduces the ability of our digestive system to breakdown food.
Enzymes are one of the first steps in beginning the chemical breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the body.
If you’ve ever had uncomfortable gas, bloating, or stomach upset after a meal, you may be low in digestive enzymes that perform important functions that allow us to absorb nutrients and comfortably digest our food.
Ginger has been found to support healthy enzyme production in the gut. Because bioavailability is crucial for digestive supplements, the ginger root and greens in the Belly Fix also undergo a fermentation process.
6-gingerol, one compound found in ginger, has been shown to improve digestive transit time, supporting gut comfort and the proliferation of healthy bacteria in their proper locations (11).
Ginger also stimulates peristalsis, which is the wave-like movement in the intestines that causes food to progress from one stage of digestion to another.
Weight Loss & Liver Support with Detoxifying Greens
One of the biggest gaps in support for a leaky gut is the lack of attention to liver function in digestive health.
Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body, constantly filtering blood, protein, toxins, and excess hormones out of the body.
Spirulina not only contains protein, vitamins, and minerals, but also high amounts of phytonutrients, like chlorophyll that support the body’s natural detox pathways.
Some studies show that chlorophyll increases the activity of a group of enzymes that support phase II of detoxification, helping the liver to package up and rid the body of unwanted bacteria, pathogens, and toxins (12).
By supporting our liver’s ability to properly detox, spirulina packs a powerful punch for digestive, detox, and inflammatory support.
How does the Belly Fix compare in competitive analysis?
There’s a basic strategy I follow when implementing a Belly Fix in practice:
- Eliminate (all but necessary) medications, bad bacteria, candida, and allergens.
- Replace fiber, prebiotics, needed enzymes.
- Restore the good bacteria (probiotics), and fermented foods.
- Repair the intestinal lining with glutamine, anti-inflammatory compounds, and healing nutrients.
This is why I’m so excited for the newest addition to EastWest that addresses EACH of these components.
The Belly Fix is full-spectrum support for each area of digestive health.
Holistic Digestive Health
Our modern diets and lifestyles are incredibly hard on our gut. The standard American diet is devoid of nutrients our digestive system requires. And the toxins and additives we take in from foods and the environment only make the situation worse.
Our gut becomes damaged when we eat a diet high in sugar and inflammatory foods, don’t eat enough fiber or probiotics, and when we take too many medications like NSAIDs and acid-lowering drugs.
When we add up the impact of all these things on our gut, the result is inflammation, weight gain, and a continued spiral of frustration.
But we don’t have to sacrifice our long-term health OR rely on a quick fix. It’s possible to heal the gut, improve nutrient absorption, and DECREASE inflammation and weight gain.
In 21 days you can get rid of the abdominal bloat others will continue to struggle with because they’re still following advice based on outdated assumptions about metabolism.
The ingredients in my brand new, doctor-formulated Belly Fix are designed to accompany a successful 21-Day Belly Fix course, but both can be standalone solutions for healing the gut and supporting healthy weight.
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