Updated: Jun 3
There are many reasons why you may not be losing weight and keeping it off. Naturopathic weight loss at Merrifield Wellness may be the solution you've been looking for.
While each person’s microbiome is unique, clear trends show the gut bacteria in a lean person is different to that in an overweight person. A healthy microbiome in a lean individual is defined by having a diverse range of beneficial bugs, and containing very few ‘bad’ microbes that disrupt the health of the gut. Once the microbiome is in this healthy state, these good bacteria send messages to the body to maintain its weight within a healthy range, hence helping to prevent weight gain.
Alternatively, the gut bacteria in an overweight person often shows a decline in these good bacteria and a rise in the bad bacteria. This imbalance within the gut is a condition known as“dysbiosis”. In a state of dysbiosis, bacteria begin to act differently: extracting more calories from food, storing more energy as fat and triggering inflammation within the gut itself. All of these factors result in the body storing more fat, especially around the waist (known as visceral fat).
Therefore, supporting your microbiome to be as healthy, diverse and free from bad bacteria as possible may be a crucial step in maintaining a healthy weight. Probiotics are a potent way to positively influence the health of your microbiome, as they work by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria while reducing the growth of unwanted microbes. However, it is very important to select the right probiotic strain for your needs, as different strains have different actions and health benefits.
At Merrifield Wellness Anita Hale prescribes the most appropriate strain(s) of probiotics to help you achieve your weight loss goals as well as targeting other problem areas of your health and well-being. We use strictly Practitioner-Only natural medicines that are clinically trialed for their efficacy, potency and quality.
In addition to a healthy microbiome, if weight loss is your goal talk to Anita Hale (Accredited Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist) about your personalised, professional naturopathic weight loss program including comprehensive consulting, healthy ageing assessment, Phase I and Phase II Detox and Pathology Testing. A holistic approach and sustainable diet and lifestyle protocol will help you reduce cravings, lose fat, maintain muscle mass and increase your metabolism.
As a complete program everything has been thought of to ensure your success, including a comprehensive naturopathic recipe book, health journal (to track your progress),diet and symptom tracker, convenient food lists, weekly and shopping tips. You will have regular follow-ups to keep you motivated and on-track to achieve your goals!
With the best approach to weight management being a holistic one, consider your microbiome alongside your diet, exercise and sleep to comprehensively prevent gaining unwanted fat. Improving the health of your microbiome will turn your gut into a weight management machine and help to keep your waistline healthy!
Comprehensive Pathology Testing is also available to support your weight loss journey and can be included with your program: food sensitivity testing, thyroid function, metabolism, digestive and gut analysis (stool testing) hormones and sleep and stress profile.
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