Flatter stomach in six weeks, a gut-healing diet!
Feeling bloated and uncomfortable? Award-winning Author And Founder Of Liz Earle Well-being talk with the Mail recently. She unveils her new book, “The Good Gut Guide.” She noted that it “is without a doubt the most significant one I’ve ever written.
“What if I told you today the secret to better health – and even a flatter stomach – lies in the trillions of microscopic organisms that live inside us?”
Check out her tips on getting a flatter tummy in 6 weeks. It is based on her new book showing you what foods to avoid and what to eat.
FOODS TO AVOID…
Added sugars and artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame): both can alter the make-up of the microbiome, causing imbalance and, over time, leading to weight gain and even type 2 diabetes, so cut them out.
During this week, and for as long as possible, eliminate processed, pre-packaged sugary foods and drinks.
This includes, but not limited to, sweets, cakes, pastries, fizzy drinks, flavored waters, chewing gum and some yogurts.
As for alcohol, while the odd glass of red wine could actually be beneficial to health, alcohol feeds bacteria overgrowth; so, give your gut the best chance of healing by ditching it for these six weeks.
Excessive gluten, plus refined carbs are all pretty much off the menu too. This includes such as pastries, pizzas, cakes and biscuits.
Now that you know what to dump, what should you put in your body? That is the big question!
WHAT TO EAT
Some of the best natural gut-healing ingredients can be found supermarkets. This week, load up on the following foods:
Cranberries: Full of Phenolic compounds, which help prevent bacterial overgrowth in the body. Try adding to salads or in smoothies.
Garlic: A powerful antibacterial containing the natural sulphur compound allicin, which helps to kill parasites and bad bugs in the GI tract. Raw is best, but you can take capsules or tablets.
Pineapple: It enhances the effects of our digestive enzymes trypsin and pepsin, aiding the digestion of fatty foods.
Beetroot: Beetroot helps aid overall liver health, which in turn supports digestion. Aim for a portion a day in first week
Cinnamon: This warming spice offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Sprinkle cinnamon over root veggies before roasting, or add to yogurt, smoothies and hot drinks.
Turmeric: Truly a wonder spice – anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating.