Could A Gut Microbiome or Cellular Health Test Be
the Answer to My Weight Problems?

The human body is full of bacteria, and most of them are inside your gut. Your gut’s bacteria has a key role to play in overall health and wellness. Some of those roles involve vitamin production and communication with the immune system. The bacteria in your gut also affect the way in which your body digests foods. They produce the chemicals that help you feel satisfied and full. This is how they can have an effect on your weight. If you are experiencing weight issues, it could be because of your gut. Viome's microbiome test can help you look deeper into the root cause of your weight troubles. 

What Do We Mean by Gut Microbiome?

There are trillions of microorganisms living inside your body. Most of them live in the intestines. There is a vast number of bacteria types in the intestines. Some cause diseases. However, there are others that are beneficial and help to improve your health. They produce vitamins, communicate with the immune system, and combat infections. They also help to produce chemicals that allow you to feel full and affect the way you digest food. Gut bacteria line the intestines. In fact, 70% of your immune system resides in the lining of your gut! Since they are in physical contact with the foods you consume, they affect the nutrients the body absorbs. The bacteria also affect the way in which the body can store energy. Studies have shown that a low diversity of gut bacteria is linked with obesity. This is very relevant to those suffering from weight issues.

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Gut Bacteria and Inflammation

Inflammation may result from eating an unhealthy diet. If you eat too much sugar or fat for your body, inflammatory chemicals may increase. As a result, weight can occur. Gut bacteria have a vital role to play in controlling inflammation. If you're experiencing dysbiosis, some species of gut flora can produce chemicals that cause inflammation. This, in turn, causes insulin resistance and weight gain. Conversely, some other species have been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent weight gain. Different foods can cause weight gain in different people based on their microbiome. It is not so much about the food you eat, but rather what your microbiome does with the food you eat.

Gut Bacteria and Hormone Production

The body produces several hormones that have an effect on appetite. Gut bacteria have an effect on the amount of these hormones. The level of those hormones will determine whether you are feeling full or hungry. 

Which Foods Could Harm
Your Gut Bacteria?

There are several foods that, when eaten to excess, can cause harm to your gut bacteria. These include:

  • Sugary food. Diets with high sugar content cause unhealthy bacteria to thrive inside the gut. This causes weight gain, as well as other health conditions.
  • Artificial sweeteners. Saccharin, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners reduce the good bacteria in your gut. This can lead to high levels of blood sugar.
  • Unhealthy fats. While fats, such as Omega 3, help the good gut bacteria, saturated fats cause bad bacteria to thrive.

If you are experiencing digestive issues or other health problems, it could be related to your gut bacteria.

Which Foods Are “Healthy” 
For Your Gut Microbiome?

There is no universal healthy diet and foods the world may consider “healthy” might actually not be healthy for you. You might have been advised to eat your greens, and that greens and nuts are anti-inflammatory. The data show this isn’t always true.

Spinach, bran, rhubarb, beets, nuts and nut butters all contain oxalates. We now know that oxalate-containing food can be harmful, unless you have the microbes present that can metabolize it into a non-harmful substance. 40% of Viome customers lack the microbes to metabolize oxalates properly. In other words, “healthy foods” like spinach are actually not healthy for these people. Like oxalates, polyphenols in foods are usually considered very healthy, but unless you have the appropriate microbes that use specific polyphenols, you may not get the full benefit.

How Will A Microbiome Test
Help Me Lose Weight?

The bacteria in your gut are vital to your body’s food digestion and fat storage. That means they are vital to maintaining a healthy balance if you want to keep a healthy body weight. Viome’s Gut Intelligence Test kit can show you what’s happening inside your gut. Once you know, you can take steps to make positive changes. If you have too high or too low a level of one form of bacteria, you can address the imbalance through your diet, specifically eating the right foods and minimizing certain foods for awhile. Our microbiome test kit gives you all the information you need to improve your wellness and obtain the healthy body weight you’ve been working toward.

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