First off...let's talk about how unattractive the word GUT is. It's probably the least sexy word out there especially when referencing a body part. So when you say you have a bad gut....which many people do, it's really unappealing.
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about how a bad gut affects your body, fat storage, and how to get a GOOD GUT!
"[Our] gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system." -Chris Kesser
The gut is home to lots of bacteria, but not all bacteria is bad. In fact, we need a good balance of good and bad, but due to a lot of foods we eat, and medicines we take, many people are walking around with bad gut health, which causes many of the issues they may be having, including fat storage.
Obviously we know that sugar isn't good for us, yet it is in so many of our foods. Plus, sugar helps to increase the bad bacteria found in our gut, and because of the overuse of sugar, many people are walking around with leaky gut.
Sugar feeds bad bacteria (which is what we have too much of when we have an unhealthy gut flora), which causes your body to take in more calories from the food you eat, and store them as fat, plus create digestive problems, gas, and bloating!
Chris Kesser also says that..."Nearly every patient [he] treats with a blood sugar issue also has a leaky gut, a gut infection, or some other chronic inflammatory gut condition." That's because the health of your gut determines how the body stores the food that you eat, how easy it is for you to lose weight, and your metabolism.
Signs you have too much BAD BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT:
The key thing with gut bacteria is making sure that we have the right amount of good bacteria when our body needs it. That's why we need to focus on supporting our gut's immune system and promoting good bacteria and at the same time keeping the bad bacteria back.
One of the best ways to do this is, along with eating whole, non-processed foods, is by taking a probiotc supplement. These are made specifically for supporting the gut and good bacteria to aid in healthy digestion. Especially if you take a lot or have gone through a period where you have been on antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria, so you always want to follow up any antibiotic treatment with probiotics. You also have to be aware of foods these days that have antibiotics in them. (Dairy for example), so taking a daily probiotic to promote a healthy gut is a great idea!