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MYTH or FACT: Sit-ups are the best way to a flat tummy.

MYTH or FACT: Sit-ups are the best way to a flat tummy. FACT : Firstly, lots of sit-ups or crunches alone won't tone a flabby belly - you need to combine any exercise with an overall weight-loss programme: eat a balanced diet and take regular varied exercise. Exercise does not have the ability to change the size of an organ. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise to help shrink your waist line, since performing abdominal exercises can help tighten the muscles in the abdomen. Plus, being active will help burn off the layers of fat that accumulate on the outside of your body, as well as the internal fat layers that you can’t see. Sit-ups target the most superficial 'six-pack' core muscles, but too many of these will cause the tummy to bulge out, leading to a pot belly. If you perform a dynamic movement such as a walking lunge while rotating the top half of your body at the same time, you target all the abdominal muscles as well as other large muscle groups that b

Asparagus is a microbiome balancer

Asparagus is a microbiome balancer with many hats. It leaves you feeling full, helps you lose weight, and is rich in inulin (Prebiotic), which feeds the microbiome in your gut. It also contains multiple nutrients that help heal the gut wall and magnesium, which is needed for digestive enzymes. About Prebiotics It’s not enough to just get beneficial bacteria (probiotics) into your body. To make sure these good guys stay and thrive, you’ve got to feed them. One of their preferred meals is a type of soluble fiber called fructooligosaccharides (FOS), found in a wide range of vegetables, fruits and grains. Because FOS helps probiotics thrive, this fiber and its relatives have been dubbed prebiotics. It’s a term we’ll be seeing more as scientists unravel the details of how our gut microbiome works. Beyond being probiotic power food, FOS has been shown to increase absorption of minerals such as calcium, improve feelings of satiety, reduce the risk of colon cancer and, ahem, “keep things mo

Food for your gut - Turmeric

Food for your gut - Turmeric : This is one of the best natural herbal remedies to encourage the body to release digestive enzymes. Turmeric aids the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates which is very helpful in the gut. There are many benefits of using turmeric to help with healing leaky gut, as it has a strong anti inflammatory action that is known to aid all areas of the body including the gut. It is also naturally antiseptic and antibiotic so this may help to clear up infections that may have caused the problem.

Food for your Gut : Jurusalem Artichoke

Inulin is a fiber found in lots of fruits and veggies that’salso a natural prebiotic—and Jerusalem artichoke is full of it!  Inulin has no calories, but it still leaves you feeling full…and between 14 and 19 percent of the weight of Jerusalem artichoke is Inulin. Many of these health effects can be attributed to the ability of inulin to stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria. Naturally present in the large intestine, bifidobacteria fight harmful bacteria in the intestines, prevent constipation, and give the immune system a boost. Furthermore, evidence indicates that bifidobacteria help reduce intestinal concentrations of certain carcinogenic enzymes.

Yoghurt for your Tummy

Friendly bacteria that live inside your digestive tract help digestion. Eating yogurt with live cultures and other foods that contain probiotics build up that positive population. “We encourage probiotics,” says gastroenterologist Peter L. Moses, MD, professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. If you’re not a yogurt fan, don’t fret supplements contain better strains of probiotics. A small study of 19 seniors with chronic constipation found that daily probiotic supplements increased both frequency and consistency of stool, according to research published in the Nutrition Journal. Other studies suggest that probiotics can ease irritable bowel and Crohn’s disease symptoms and may reduce the risk of diarrhea infections, such as Clostridium dificile.