Each week, the Wake Up Wednesday post will feature something I have learned that challenges the standard weight loss paradigm: eat less, move more. This post is very special to me because it discusses the catalyst that sparked my journey.
Have you ever really committed yourself to trimming down only to find the scale will not budge? Have you ever resigned yourself to the fact that you were just meant to be this size?
That’s how I felt. I was active. I ate a pretty healthy diet and I thought I had just reached my body’s natural happy place. I was resigned to having a body that carried excess body fat. I thought it was out of my control.
It wasn’t until I listened to a two part podcast (Here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2.) that I really started to open my eyes to what could potentially be going on.
I strongly encourage you to listen to the podcasts because they are mind blowing! I also stripped out a lot of the information to make it easily digestible (pun 100% intended), but if you’re not a super nerd like me and you just want me to give you the goods, here is the highlight reel of part 1:
- Our gut is the largest surface area in the body made up of 1 trillion cells. The membrane of the gut is only one cell thick.
- These cells are held together like velcro.
- The term gut intelligence refers to the fact that this membrane decides what particles are allowed into our bodies and which ones need to be kept out. The actual intelligence of the gut lies in the velcro and not the cells that make the membrane.
- If this velcro becomes damaged or disrupted, our gut intelligence drops and particles that shouldn’t be allowed into our bodies pass through the membrane. This is also referred to as Leaky Gut.
- These particles that shouldn’t be in the body cause an immune response which over time can lead to chronic inflammation in our bodies.
- Chronic inflammation in our bodies leads to hormone disruption.
- Given that hormones manage our weight for us, disrupted hormones can mean weight loss resistance.
Are you still with me? Ok, here’s the part that freaked me out.
- In 1976, Round Up, the weed killer, was introduced to our food chain.
- The toxins in Round Up block the ability of enzymes in the plant, soil and bacteria from making the nutrients in your food that actually treat disease. These are called alkaloids (ie – anti-asthma compounds, anti-diabetic compounds, anti-cancer compounds, anti-depressant compounds etc ). The long term effect of this is that we are now using pharmaceuticals in the place of nutrients in our food.
- Round Up not only reduces the nutrients in our food, but acts as an antibiotic, killing the bacteria in our gut. Without bacteria in our gut, the velcro begins to break down and our guts start to leak thus causing inflammation, hormone disruption, and weight loss resistance.
- Round Up is water soluble and this means it is EVERYWHERE. It’s in the air we breath, in the water we drink and in the food we eat. Even if you lived on your own land and grew all of your own organic food, it is likely that the toxic effects of Round Up would be present in your body.
And then my head almost exploded.
In a weird way, this was comforting to me. It was a realization like, “you mean it’s not my fault I’m fat?” but at the same time, I was absolutely horrified! Horrified because why doesn’t everyone know about this? And why isn’t anyone trying to reverse these effects? And then I was even more horrified because the answer is very clear: because the pharmaceutical companies don’t want us to know.
It explains so much. It explains why as a society, as we become more and more advanced technologically, we become a sicker and sicker population. It explains why obesity is now an epidemic and why the next generation is the first generation to have an expected life span that is shorter than the generation before it. It explains why the harder I tried to diet and exercise the fat off my body, the more persistent it became.
If you think this is all BS then I challenge you to do your own research and if you decide to do your own research take note of who funded the study (ie – was it a pharmaceutical company?) and how long ago it was conducted.
There is good news. You can heal your gut, and this was the first step for me in my journey. Tackling and improving my gut health was the only thing that made a damn bit of difference when it came to the battle of the bulge, and trust me, I tried everything!
Stay tuned for next week’s Wake Up Wednesday post where I will summarize Part 2 of this mind-blowing podcast and discuss some of the things I did to heal my gut and lose weight once and for all!
In the meantime, I created this handy infographic for you because talking about your guts is fun and we need to shout this from the roof tops!