December 26, 2018

7 small nutritional changes that benefit your stomach

Diet | Health Tips


So you’re trying to tone your stomach? However, the exercises you are doing are not working for your gut. Exercise is an important component for your stomach, but a flat stomach is actually made in the kitchen.

We read and hear about new crazy diets or workout plans that we should try in order to get a flat stomach. Even if we give the new plan a go, it typically doesn’t last a lifetime. That’s because dieting is out and wellness is in.

So what is the key to a flat stomach? Try these nutritional changes and make them an everyday routine for your wellness.

  1. Nuts and seeds are great sources of energizing protein, fiber and anti-inflammatory fats. But some nuts aren’t always that great for your gut, so keep the portion size small and stick to this list: Almonds, macadamia, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Try adding a handful of nuts to your diet everyday.
  2. Yogurt is great for you gut. Yogurt has bacteria, which replenishes the normal flora in the gastrointestinal tract. Greek yogurt is a great item you should add to your diet. Make sure with any type of yogurt that you read the nutrition label for high sugar.
  3. If you are going to eat meat, go for chicken, fish and other lean meats. These will digest a lot easier than a steak. Red meats tend to be fattier. Our bodies tend to handle lean meats, fish or chicken a whole lot better than red meats.
  4. Bananas help restore normal bowel function and restore electrolytes and potassium. Bananas have a lot of fiber to aid digestion. A banana a day will keep the pounds away, so add one to your diet.
  5. Ginger is a great spice to add to your daily cup of coffee or tea. Ginger is a safe and natural way to relieve nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, gas, loss of appetite and colic. Try to add just a pinch of ginger to your daily routine and be cautious not to consume too much of it.
  6. Whole grains, such as whole wheat bread, oats and brown rice are all a good source of fiber. This helps digestion and ultimately keeping the pounds away from your stomach. Fiber can help you feel full and lower cholesterol. Instead of buying white bread for your family, make the change to whole wheat bread.
  7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water for your digestive health. If you do not like water, try adding lemon or lime to your water to make it more tasteful.

Our digestive systems are fragile. Our system extracts water and nutrients from an astonishing amount of solid food and liquids over our lifetimes. So we need to be cautious of what we put into our bodies.

Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle

Schedule an appointment

Your well-being is important to us. Click the button below or call us to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists. If your injury or condition is recent, you can walk right into one of our OrthoIndy Urgent Care locations for immediate care. For rehabilitation and physical therapy, no referral is needed to see one of our physical therapists.

Schedule an Appointment Call OrthoIndy 317.802.2000
Ashley McGovern

By Ashley McGovern

Ashley is the current PR coordinator for OrthoIndy. Ashley is responsible for all media relations functions and social media strategies. Ashley graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and strategic communications with a certificate in entrepreneurship. She has been with OrthoIndy since January 2018.

Related Posts

More from OrthoIndy

Tips to healthy living for former athletes

Tips to healthy living for former athletes

Whether it’s a career ending injury or you aren’t participating in sports anymore, it’s a hard reality to face when you are no longer an athlete and your daily routine changes.


What does it mean when your hands and feet are swollen?

What does it mean when your hands and feet are swollen?

Jessica Moosbrugger, OrthoIndy clinical nutrition manager and dietitian, explains why your hands and feet may swell and how to reduce swelling with a low-sodium diet.


OrthoIndy physical therapist runs his 20th Indy mini-marathon

OrthoIndy physical therapist runs his 20th Indy mini-marathon

On the first Saturday of May, over 35,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers take over the streets of downtown Indianapolis for The Greatest Spectacle in Running – the OneAmerica 500…


Get stories and News in your inbox

Subscribe to our weekly articles