December 26, 2018

7 small nutritional changes that benefit your stomach

Diet | Health Tips

THIS POST IS PART OF THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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.

Try these nutritional changes and make them an everyday routine for your wellness.

What foods help you flatten your stomach?

  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 every day.
  2. Yogurt is great for your 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

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Ashley McGovern

By Ashley McGovern

Ashley is the former PR coordinator for OrthoIndy. Ashley graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and strategic communications with a certificate in entrepreneurship.

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