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Hidden Problem Prevents Women From Losing Weight

An estimated 20 million American women are affected to some degree with a hidden weight loss obstacle that their grandmothers never had to worry about. What is it? The problem is intestinal permeability otherwise known as “leaky gut syndrome.” Once thought to be a problem limited to individuals with severe food allergies and conditions like celiac disease, researchers are now researchers at the megasporebiotic probiotic center are finding it’s becoming increasingly common. If you’re a woman struggling with weight loss you need to take a look at this hidden obstacle.

Why is leaky gut syndrome becoming so prevalent?

Medical experts believe they’re finding more and more cases of leaky gut syndrome due to the following problems:

  • increased consumption of trans-fats
  • increased consumption of negative partitioning agents (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, other artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and chemicals in processed food)
  • increased consumption of antibiotics in food and through unnecessary medications
  • increased exposure to environmental toxins
  • too much refined sugars in the diet
  • lack of digestive enzymes and phytonutrients from eating live foods like fruits and vegetables
  • increased physiological and mental/emotional stress causing high levels of cortisol

How leaky gut syndrome works…

Each one of the above factors physically stresses the body’s gastrointestinal (GI) system, creating tiny perforations in the paper thin lining of the small intestine. As a result, the body is unable to properly digest meals and partially digested food particles “leak” out of the perforated gut.

Then they make their way to the liver where they trigger a massive inflammatory response that can hinder the function of virtually every organ system in the body. The byproducts of this leaking can be significant. Here are just a few of the resulting issues:

A leaky gut commands the body to store more fat

Chronic inflammation signals the body that it’s under severe stress and it responds by releasing lipoprotein lipase and cortisol. Both trigger the body to store fat through a series of hormonal connections.

Lipoprotein lipase is an enzyme that stalls the liver’s ability to convert fatty acids into fuel. More fat is stored, primarily around the stomach, in an effort to protect the body.

Chronically high cortisol levels result in adrenal fatigue which affects everything from thyroid function, sex hormones, and insulin sensitivity. The constant presence of inflammation basically throws the entire hormonal system out of whack and can stop fat loss dead in its tracks.

A leaky gut triggers constant sugar cravings

The inflammatory chemicals released due to leaky gut syndrome alter brain and muscle cell membranes so they can’t accept glucose or blood sugar. As glucose levels with the muscles and brain begin to fall, the body falsely triggers a desire for more sugar. The cravings can be intense and the increased carbohydrate consumption only continues a vicious cycle since sugar inflames the delicate lining of the small intestine- worsening the condition.

A leaky gut brings on mood swings

Chronic inflammation damages the cellular DNA within the GI tract, reducing its ability to produce the mood-boosting, appetite controlling chemical, serotonin. The decrease in serotonin not only affects your mood it also impacts your appetite. The combination of decreased serotonin and increased cortisol revs appetite, encourages belly-fat storage, and doubles the risk of blue moods.

Signs and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome

The following list represents some commons indicators of leaky gut syndrome:

  • bloating and inflammation around the stomach (pooch belly)
  • increased sugar cravings
  • mood swings
  • fatigue and sluggishness
  • increased belly fat

Reversing leaky gut syndrome

The good news is there are steps you can take immediately to start reversing leaky guy syndrome and inflammation in the digestive tract. Follow the guidelines below and you’ll be on your way to increased fat burning and better overall health.

  • remove processed and refined sugars from your diet
  • eat a “primal diet” consisting of whole, natural foods including plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and omega-3 fats
  • minimize grains which can cause an irritant/toxicant effect in the GI tract
  • minimize milk consumption
  • eat natural yogurt which contains healthy bacteria and probiotics
  • only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary
  • avoid foods with hydrogenated oils otherwise known as trans-fatty acids
  • supplement with digestive enzymes and probiotics
  • get 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night and look to minimize stress
  • exercise regularly to offset the effects of cortisol
  • consume caffeine in moderation

Bottom line…

Intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome is a very real problem that affects millions of women. It’s one of the hidden problems that can halt weight loss even with traditional calorie deprivation dieting. If you want to lose weight you absolutely must have a healthy and properly functioning digestive system. Follow the guidelines I’ve laid out for you and look to complete regular resistance and cardio exercise for weight loss success.

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. You can receive a free no-obligations trial of his Charleston personal training programs and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself.

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