Researchers are pouring more and more time and resources into researching the link between the gut microbiome and overall health and wellbeing. The trillions of microorganisms living in your body have a significant effect on your immune system, digestive system, skin, and even your metabolism. Believe it or not, we are all covered in tiny little microbes, most of which are bacteria, but there are also viruses and fungi, which inhabit almost every part of our bodies and contribute to what is known as the human gut microbiome.
Everyone at some point experiences digestive problems such as:
These signs may also be the reason you have complications in your gut health:
When symptoms persist, it may be a sign of an underlying problem that needs medical attention.
1. Increase your Fiber Intake
Increase fiber in your diet. Look for whole grains like oats or quinoa, also include nuts, some excellent choices include walnuts and almonds as they are great sources of fiber and nutrients. Just take note that when it comes to eating nuts quantity is key only enjoy a small handful as a snack when hungry. Include root vegetables, and leafy greens, try to source locally and seasonally when possible.
Flavor your food with herbs like ginger, garlic, and turmeric. These herbs will help balance the gut flora and make your food taste wonderful.
3. Use Natural Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners harm the microbiome. Make a serious effort to cut back on sugar. Harmful bacteria feed off sugar, this includes fructose found in fruit which may negatively impact good gut bacteria and may lead to dysbiosis or leaky gut.
4. Stop Juicing
When you juice, you tend to remove the precious fiber/and try to eat the entire piece of fruit or vegetable instead.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Those who are poor sleepers will undoubtedly end up with gut microbial imbalances in the longer term.
Phase 2 of the HCG diet focuses on what you consume which helps with your gut health. This phase consists of three sub-phases. They are:
1. The Loading Phase
The first stage of Phase 2 lasts three days. This is the bingeing or gorging phase. The goal is to load your body with high-fat foods to ease your first week and replenish healthy fat reserves.
2. The Core Phase
This is the most important part of Phase 2. It can last more than a month for some people. During this stage, you consume 500 calories daily and continue taking HCG. The HCG targets your fat reserves specifically.
3. The Taper Phase
On the last three days of this phase, you need to maintain the 500-calorie diet and stop the HCG. It will take a few days for the hormone to work its way out of your body.