Hippocrates once said that all disease begins in the gut. Modern science tells us that he was right – and that optimal health begins there, too. City Savvy’s Tina Pace, and trainer, Feres, talk about the importance of clean, healthy intestines and why it’s essential to keep you lean and fit.
“In the last five years, I’ve tested each one of my new clients and found all of them to have low probiotic production,” Feres says. This was true for me when I hired Feres over a year ago, as well as my husband, who is also a client.
“A lot of people try supplements and follow nutrition advice that they read in fitness magazines and blogs, but if you have low probiotic production, none of these things are going to work.”
Probiotics, which literally means “for life,” are naturally occurring organisms that live in your intestines. They aid in digestion, absorption of vitamins, and balance out the bad bacteria.
“Before starting any nutritional plan, the first thing I do for my clients is check their probiotic levels with an Hcl test. If your gut isn’t healthy, taking vitamins or eating well can be a waste because your body won’t absorb them properly. An unhealthy gut makes ideal conditions for weight gain.”
Feres goes on to explain that 70% of the immune system lives in the gut, so when a person isn’t able to absorb zinc and magnesium, which are vital to your brain and hormones, other diseases can be triggered, such as bowel and heart disease. Probiotic levels can be low due to many causes: alcohol consumption, stress, food intolerance and antibiotics, to name a few.
It’s Not All In Your Head
Did you know that around 90% of the chemicals involved in brain function, sleep and your mood are actually made in the gut?
“I once saw a client who, in addition to gas and bloating, felt moody, sad, had low energy even if he ate well during the day and wasn’t sleeping well. We used a 21 day gut rebuild protocol, which healed and strengthened his intestines. He noticed significant improvement in these areas and was then able to train well because he could absorb nutrients and had increased energy.”
Not to say that this is always the answer, but there certainly is a connection between improving gut function and good sleep, improved mood, and a lean physique. If you frequently experience gas, bloating, fatigue, acne, mood disorders and melancholy, Feres suggests taking a serious look at the state of your intestines.
“My best advice is to have a professional give you an Hcl test to check the levels of acid in your intestines. From there, we can determine how much supplemental probiotics are needed. It’s important to know because taking too much can cause disruptions to digestion.”
Feres also suggests avoiding excessive alcohol and trading in sugar for fiber and organic vegetables. “Your gut is the link connecting you with nature,” he says, “with time and a bit of work, it’s possible to heal and restore it to full health.”
Hire a Professional
Feres is offering City Savvy Luxembourg readers a 400 euro discount on a 12 week wellness package that includes: 24 one on one training sessions, body fat measurement, hormone assessment, diet plan, blood test analysis and advanced supplements. Just mention City Savvy Luxembourg when you contact him.
Feres Romdhane is a strength and conditioning coach, professional boxer, BioSignature/Bioprint practitioner, International certified Poliquin coach, and has studied under the best in the fitness industry in the areas of functional medicine, nutrition and blood analysis. His clients range from competitive athletes to those who simply want to improve their overall health and fitness. Using his expertise in BioSignature and BioPrint, Feres helps his clients meet their fitness goals through personalized nutrition and exercise plans, and has particular success with those that are obese or overly stressed.
Where: Feres trains clients at various gyms in Luxembourg, Institut National des Sports in Cents, and also does home training.
Languages: English, French, German
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 661 488 444
Featured Photo: Tina Pace
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