Your microbiome helps you absorb calories

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We evolved to thrive in an environment where food is scarce. One essential survival tool your body used then and continues to use today is the microbiome. Aside from all the other health benefits provided by the trillions of microorganisms living in your digestive system, they also work as a customizable digestive organ that aids in squeezing as many calories and nutrients as possible from the foods available in your environment. Learn which foods train your microbiome to increase fat absorption and storage and how to stop it.

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Fast food reprograms your immune cells

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The fast food or Western diet is characterized as high in saturated fat and simple sugars and almost completely lacking in fiber. It’s a great recipe for weight gain, which is why nearly 40 percent of American adults are obese. It’s also a great way to trigger systematic inflammation. Short-term inflammation is a normal part of healing or immune system protection, but chronic inflammation shortens lifespans and increases the risk of developing diseases like cancer, dementia, heart disease, muscle loss, and more. Find out how a bad diet triggers excessive inflammation and a simple thing you can do to prevent it.

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Eat fiber, not fiber supplements

I’m a big fan of supplements. They help people meet their daily required values of important nutrients that are otherwise difficult to get from food alone. However when it comes to fiber, you’re much better off trying to get it from whole fruits and vegetables than from a supplement. Find out why that fiber supplement probably isn’t doing you much good.

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Maybe it’s the oatmeal

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I get messages all the time from frustrated dieters asking me why their weight loss has stalled. They all tell me how they’re eating right and exercising every day and for some reason it just stopped working. There are all kinds of possibilities, but one common problem I encounter all the time is that big bowl of oatmeal they eat every morning. Find out how it can sabotage your efforts and how to get back on track.

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