Last year, in my article, Miracle Weight Loss, I wrote about the value of eating healthy fats and protein while limiting carbohydrates to accomplish weight loss. This works for some people but may not work for others. Why?

There has been groundbreaking research showing the we are not consciously in control of our weight.

Yes, it is not your fault if you are heavier than you wish because you cannot will yourself to lose weight.

So, who is in charge?

Research has identified a “forgotten organ” in the human body that is in charge of our appetite, mood, metabolism and digestion.

This “forgotten organ” is actually our gut bacteria, the trillions of microscopic organisms that flourish within our GI tracts. These organisms constitute our microbiome and are responsible for our cravings, our appetite and our attitude. Our microbiome weighs about 3 pounds which is around the same weight as our brain. In fact, it has been dubbed “the second brain” by Michael Gershon, chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center. He wrote the book, The Second Brain, in 1998, referring to our gastrointestinal tract.

A healthy microbiome is composed of the correct balance and diversity of bacteria. It is a reflection of what we eat so we have the ability to change our microbiome with diet and supplements to maintain our perfect weight.

Dr, Raphael Kellman, author of the book, The Microbiome Diet, explains how we can restore our gut health and achieve permanent weight loss. It is all about diet and supplements to remove the offending bacteria and to replace the needed stomach acid and enzymes. You then use probiotics, prebiotics, specific supplements and real food to reinoculate the good bacteria and repair the gut wall and intestinal lining.

At IMI, we do the research to find the best and easiest way for you to reach your health goals. If this article makes sense to you, go to our website at www.imidaho.net  or give us call at 208-426-0052 and make an appointment. Now is the time to experience the joj of feeling well for the rest of your life.

Mary Migliori, MD

Director, Integrative Medicine of Idaho

2200 E. Warm Springs Ave. Ste 102,

Boise, ID 83712