• Rachel Turner Wellness

Is your gut MAKING you eat junk food?

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

Here's a thought..... all those times you have craved that bar of chocolate hiding in the fridge, or you hear the share-bag of crinkle cut salted crisps calling you or that luscious red wine in the back of the cupboard is clinking in the back of your mind.... what if I told you this could be your GUT trying to MAKE YOU have the stuff you have been doing your best to avoid?

We are surrounded by products that we know, full well, do not benefit our health, there are aisles and aisles of them in every supermarket, in every town, every city.

It takes a very special person to avoid popping some of these into their shopping trolley, especially after a long week, or a tough few days or maybe justified as a treat.

Discipline is tricky, especially when £ millions are spent marketing, promoting and positioning these products and, on top of this, you may be shocked when I tell you that it is very likely you cannot resist the temptation because it's an 'inside job'.

Research has shown that our gut microbes secrete proteins that act in a similar way to hunger-hormones. This can affect our food cravings and our mood!

Basically, our gut bacteria is telling us what it wants in order to thrive...

"No way!" You may think, but, when you consider that the gut is known as our 'second brain' and contains more than 100 million neurons, it is really surprising that it has a thing or two to say about what it wants us to eat?

When our gut becomes out of whack and the 'bad bacteria' (that thrive on sugar, carbs and processed foods) become too strong in numbers they will do all they can to make sure we give them what they want by producing cravings in their host.

These bacteria increase our cravings for the foods they want by changing our taste buds and producing Dopamine and Serotonin to make us happy!

And on the flip side, this crafty bacteria can even produce toxins to make us feel crappy when we resist the chocolate, the sweets, the wine in the hopes that we give in!

So what's the answer!?!?!

To lower the bacteria that is not benefitting our gut, our health and our mood.

The best thing is, our microbiome (the ecosystem of bacteria in the gut) can change in a matter of days so follow these tips to start reducing your cravings:

  • Eat more plant based fibre (lots of vegetables, as varied as possible).

  • Plan healthy substitutes for the snacks you know you should avoid.

  • Consider probiotics, these can help increase the beneficial bacteria - if you would like professional advice on which to take I can refer you to a Gut Health Nutrition expert.

  • Get walking! Just 15 minutes a day boosts the health of your microbiome.

  • Speak to me about EFT/Tapping and how it can stop cravings in its tracks!

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

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