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How Gut Health + Probiotics Impact Weight Loss

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Probiotics stimulate the growth of microorganisms that are beneficial to gut health by supporting intestinal flora. Recently, probiotics have become a household term for their incredible health benefits, particularly for everything gut-related. From stronger immune system function to improved digestion, probiotics are incredibly important for your overall health and wellbeing.
 
But it gets better. We are now discovering that probiotics can directly impact our ability to lose weight. Gut health, fiber, and probiotics all play a bigger role in determining your weight than you may expect.
 
Silver Fern is a wellness brand that has designed a probiotic-based weight loss plan called the Elevated Plan. They offer this plan for free as a way of educating individuals on the importance of gut health, and how incorporating the right type of probiotic and fiber can greatly impact weight loss and health overall.
 
You can get the Elevated Plan here.
 
 

Understanding our innate ability to gain vs. lose weight

Every single individual is programmed to either easily gain and/or retain weight, or to be naturally lean. Typically, people often attribute this to ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ metabolism. Yet recent findings indicate that the type of gut bacteria in our digestive tract is what actually determines our ability to metabolize and store vs. burn fat.
 
Think of this metabolic ability as your body’s weight loss vs. gain programming. The good news is that this programming can be changed by using the right probiotic bacteria and feeding those good bacteria with the right types of nutrients.
 
 

Food vs. Bacteria

According to Silver Fern, research has shown that the type of bacteria you have in your gut controls the amount of calories you extract from the food you eat, the types of food you crave, and also what that food converts to in the digestion process.
 

The type of bacteria you have in your gut controls the amount of calories you extract from the food you eat.

 
In one sense, the food we eat can lead to fat storage, gas production and inflammation. Yet the right bacteria can convert those same foods to very important compounds that increase fat burn, prevent fat storage, reduce inflammation, reduce gas production and even make you feel fuller longer. This is why probiotics are so important.
 
 

Can we reprogram our metabolism?

According to Silver Fern, yes we can! How? Two ways: first by altering the ratio of gut bacteria, and second, by getting the right type of probiotics. Let’s take a closer look.
 
1. Get familiar with Bacteroidetes vs. Firmicutes
Having a higher ratio of Firmicutes is directly associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and inflammation while a slightly higher ratio of Bacteroidetes is a commonality amongst lean individuals. Consuming foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar will support the growth of the good Bacteroidetes bacteria.
 
Sugar is not your friend. One indication of an overgrowth of Firmicutes is sugar and carbohydrate cravings because Firmicutes love sugar and simple carbohydrates. These bacteria are so powerful that they can send neurotransmitters to your brain to make you crave sugar. Processed simple carbohydrates and sugars feed Firmicutes and thus lead to weight gain and metabolic syndrome.
 
2. Find the right type of probiotics
You need to get the right probiotics into your system with your meals to ensure that the healthy fibers and protein you are consuming are being converted to fat-busting compounds instead of gas. Unfavorable bacteria in the gut convert the fiber into hydrogen and methane gas instead of the critical fat-busting compounds known as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
 
If you consume low-sugar, high-fiber foods and snacks with the right probiotic bacteria, the fiber will be converted to SCFAs instead of gas. That’s why taking the right probiotics is an important step in the right direction for achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.
 
 

Silver Fern’s Ultimate Probiotic + Elevated Weight Loss Plan (It’s FREE!)

Silver Fern’s Ultimate Probiotic is formulated with a unique combination of probiotic bacteria that have been shown to convert fibers in the diet to the much-desired short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
 
The Ultimate Probiotic is one component of Silver Fern’s Elevated Plan (the probiotic-based weight loss plan) starter kit to get you on the path of raising your metabolism in a healthy and effective way. The Elevated Plan is a comprehensive, scientific study-backed program that’s simple, straight-forward, and easy to implement.
 
 
If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out the Silver Fern website or download their Elevated Plan here. It’s a great place to start your journey to gut health.
 

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