When you think about your genetics …. what comes to mind?
Probably traits passed down from your parents .. like your eye and hair color, the shape of your nose, maybe even your hot temper, and of course, the shape of your body.
You have probably heard someone say something similar to this (and possibly even said it yourself) …“Everyone in my family is overweight. It doesn’t matter what I do, it’s my genetics.”
Yes, genetics can determine where you store fat, how much muscle you can pack on, how wide your hips are, and even how your body responds to certain foods. We even preach the importance of training and eating for your specific body type because our FIXED genes can influence many aspects of who we are.
We can’t control the genes we’ve been given. But when it comes to how well you can drop body fat… the finger may need to be pointed at a second set of genes you didn’t get from your parents.
The Second Genome
There are over 37 trillion “human” cells in our bodies that contain our DNA, and the majority of these cells ARE NOT hereditary genes.
It’s a “second set of genes” that researchers call our second genome. Unlike your inherited genes, which are more or less fixed, this second set of genes is not.
57% of the cells that make YOU who YOU ARE and live in your body are not passed down by your parents.
THIS IS GOOD NEWS … we will tell you why and how you can reverse this a little further down in this article.
First, let’s explain what this “second genome” is.
This second set of genes is a bunch of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses! That’s right, you are mostly made up of a bunch of .. well .. bugs.
These microscopic organisms (called MICROBIOME) play a vital role in supporting the daily operation of your body.
You name it… your microbiome helps it function.
- Food Digestion
- Nutrient Absorption
- Energy Production
- Immune System Regulation (⅔ of our immune system resides in the gut)
- Skin Health
- Mental Health/Brain Function
- ++ MORE
These microbes live everywhere in your body! Bacteria is the most common organism, and the vast majority takes residency in your gut.
A healthy adult will have about FIVE POUNDS of bacteria in their colon. Some are BENEFICIAL… others are HARMFUL!
If you have too much unfriendly bacteria, that is when you may start to have
adverse effects such as…
- GI Discomfort (occasional bloating, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion)
- Brian Fog
- Difficulty Losing Weight
- A Sluggish Immune System
- Nutrition Deficiency
- Unrestful Sleep
- ++ MORE
Here is THE GOOD NEWS …
The organisms live in you today may not be the same as the ones that colonize next week. They are constantly changing and have been since the day you were born.
This means you have the ability to impact what could be holding you back from reaching your fitness goals AND feeling your best mentally and physically.
But this can only happen if you take a very specific and proactive approach to ensure you are swapping out that “bad” bacteria with good bacteria .. or at least maintaining a proper balance of the two.
You need to reach something called “Microbial Harmony.”
What Is Microbial Harmony?
We all have our own “Microbiome Blueprint” that is as unique as your fingerprint … nobody else has YOUR exact microbiome. Even identical twins are made up of a totally different accumulation of microbial life.
Researchers have also found that the organisms that live in people of a healthy weight are VERY DIFFERENT than those that are overweight. This strongly suggests… having a healthy balance of bacteria likely play a crucial role in our ability to lose weight.
The reason our microbiome is so individual (and continually changing) is most likely a result of our personal lifestyle practices as well as our interactions with the world around us.
- Eating too many processed foods
- Lack of micro-nutrient diversity
- Not exercising
- Environmental toxins (in the air you breathe, the water you drink and bathe in, foods you consume, surfaces you touch, pollution, etc.)
As you see… some of these things you do have total control over… others, not so much!
If you are serious about wanting to get in the best shape of your life and feel even better than you look… you need to take GUT HEALTH seriously.
Action Step #1
STOP being so quick to “blame” your genetics for every setback and issue with your health and take responsibility for what you are (or aren’t) doing to contribute.
Unlike the genes your ancestors gave you, many of your issues could be tied to your second genome, and reversing that is somewhat in your control!
Action Step #2
Remove (or add) the things you have control over. Things such as .. lowering your stress levels, getting enough sleep, eliminating or reducing processed foods, and exercising regularly.
Action Step #3
This step is the most important and something you have COMPLETE control over.
You have to replenish your healthy bacteria. To do this, you have to feed your gut healthy bacteria.
There are two ways you can go about this….
You could attempt to incorporate very specific high quality prebiotic and probiotic foods that are rich in healthy bacteria.
This would include consistently consuming LARGE amounts of things like…
- Kimchi or Sauerkraut
- Raw/Organic Fruits & Vegetables
- Specific Nuts and Beans
- Seeds (such as chia and flax)
- ++ MORE
Most people would never be able to eat this type of variety every single day.
Or… you could go the much easier and better route!
Our product formulation team at Sculpt Nation studied HUNDREDS of gut-beneficial strains of bacteria and narrowed it down to 7 KEY STRAINS that you need daily to achieve Microbial Harmony.
These strains deliver over 3.8 BILLION colony-forming units of microbiome-boosting bacteria that will get your gut in a balanced “harmonized” state.
Our researchers also discovered that this bacteria has to have a very type of specific FOOD to survive and thrive!
It took our team over 18 months to get this formula right, and we are FINALLY ready and eager to pass it on to you!
THE TRUTH IS…..
Most of us are in a state of “Microbial Chaos” that puts your body in a position that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to look, feel, and function at your best.
YOU ARE NOT STUCK!
What makes YOU (you) .. is more than the DNA passed down from your bloodline! We simply overlook the fact that our microbiome has a KEY role in so many of our body (and brain) functions.
Experts say that we have more bacteria in our guts than we do cells in our entire body!
So many … that they estimate we are only 10% human … and 90% bacteria!
If that doesn’t tell you just how vital GUT HEALTH is … we aren’t sure what will!
DO NOT DELAY! We really can’t overstate the importance of gut health and achieving the Microbial Harmony needed to achieve that.
An angry gut is no small thing!
Start taking charge of your health and properly achieve Microbial Harmony today!!