Healthy Diet: Kefir vs Yogurt, What is the Essential Weight Loss Food
Here’s a well-publicized and sobering fact: Over 60% of Americans are overweight, and childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions.
As a result, obesity related diseases like diabetes and heart disease are on the rise. Why is this happening? Most people would agree that weight gain and chronic disease are often a product of lifestyle.
Here are the major poor-lifestyle contributors to weight gain:
- Chronic stress
- Environmental toxins
- A diet full of sugar and processed foods
While the World Health Organization says that obesity is on the rise worldwide due to processed foods, there is more to this picture.1 It’s your inner ecosystem.
Your inner ecosystem is the healthy microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that live in your intestines and keep you healthy and strong. They keep you in balance, including your weight. And yet, all of the above mentioned items: processed foods, sugar, stress and environmental toxins kill your healthy microflora. This creates an imbalanced inner ecosystem that can lead to weight gain and other states of illness or disease.
The Key to a Healthy Inner Ecosystem
So how do you create a healthy inner ecosystem? Reducing stress and following a Body Ecology lifestyle is critical to making this happen. You can read more in: 8 Common Misperceptions about Obesity and Why Body Ecology is the Ideal Obesity Solution.
If you really want an easy way to boost the health of your inner ecosystem, fermented foods and drinks are tops on the list of healthy foods.
Fermented foods and drinks are full of healthy microflora (also called probiotics). In fact, the RIGHT probiotics can actually help re-colonize your inner ecosystem with the good bacteria and yeast you need to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight. The right probiotics are those that are: (1) native to your intestines and (2) work in harmony with one another. A great way to get the right probiotics for your inner ecosystem health is by drinking kefir.