By Donna Gates, as seen on:
Setting the intention to look your best in a swimsuit this summer?
For too many years we’ve waited for pharmaceutical drug manufacturers to create the “magic pill” for weight loss…to no avail. We’re always told to lose weight – all we have to do is eat less and exercise more. If only maintaining a normal weight was that easy!
Americans spend more than $50 million annually on weight loss products and services. The factors that make us more prone to put on pounds are hard to avoid:
- Long work weeks
- Chronic Stress
- Lack of Sleep
- Environmental Toxins
- Abundant processed foods and fast food restaurants
- A belief that “more is better” when it comes to portions sizes
Somehow our ancestors seemed to face significantly less health and weight issues than we do today. When you turn back the pages of time, even just 60–70 years, you start to see some common threads when it comes to healthy weight: we were closer to nature and natural products.
Over the decades of anecdotal evidence from thousands of Body Ecology followers, I realized how crucial a healthy digestive tract is to weight loss. In fact, I truly believe that the key is a healthy “inner ecosystem”. Just like the Earth has ecosystems that maintain balance or homeostasis, your intestines contain an “inner ecosystem” that keeps YOU in balance. Your “inner ecosystem” is a mix of bacteria and yeast, both beneficial and opportunistic. If you have enough healthy microflora to keep the bad guys in check, your digestion and immune system will be strong.
If there is one “magic pill” out there for weight loss, it can only be fermented foods and drinks. Fermented foods, like cultured vegetables, and fermented drinks, like coconut water kefir or probiotic beverages, change the way our bodies digest food and absorb nutrients. The friendly microflora enhance the enzymatic power of foods and produce valuable micronutrients that support the detoxification pathways of the body and mitigate the harmful chemicals and metals that are found in today’s modern environment.
So not only are you cleansing on a cellular level with these healing foods and drinks, but you are building your immune system and balancing your hormones. The body is able to let go of excess fat that is no longer necessary to protect your organs from acidity. One of the first responses I often hear from people when they first start to incorporate these foods into their diet is that their skin begins to glow!
Best of all, fermented foods and beverages reduce or eliminate cravings for sugar and processed foods.
If you want to truly heal your body and maintain a healthy weight, I encourage you to simply go back to the basics…your body will thank you for it!
To learn more about fermented foods and beverages and receive a FREE Quick Start Guide and audios on detoxification/weight loss, visit bodyecology.com/bed-book.
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