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10 Super Foods That Aid Digestion And Heal The Gut

10 Super Foods That Aid Digestion And Heal The Gut

Healthy digestion is a complex, but silent mechanism in your body that continues to take place while you eat, sleep or work. If your body isn’t digesting food properly, it can really impact your life! The negative effects of a stressful lifestyle and wrong eating habits will accumulate and create serious problems with the digestive tract which can be extremely debilitating.

These foods should be part of your regular diet to to rejuvenate and maintain your digestive health.

1.Lemon/Lime

Lemon is great for alkalizing the body. It will help regulate your body’s PH levels and keep your gut healthy! It’s also an amazing source of vitamin C and electrolytes. Squeeze a full lemon in a cup of warm water, and drink it, instead of your morning coffee. It works best on an empty stomach and will really kick start your digestion.

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2. Turmeric

The most beneficial component in Turmeric is curcumin. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient can help heal stomach ulcers and other digestive issues. Just make sure you consume it on a regular basis. There are many ways to boost your absorption of curcumin!

3. Bone Broth

A warm, delicious, gelatinous bone broth is great for your digestive tract. Nutrient dense bone broth has a very jelly like texture when cold, but when heated it it melts easily back to its soupy form. The gelatin, collagen and protein collected within a bone broth, from slow cooking various bones for hours and hours are easily digested and help rebuild the gut!

4. Ginger

Ginger is anti-inflammatory and has proven to help with digestion. It has many medicinal properties. Use ginger to kick start your digestion and help clean out your system! Consume more of this easily by drinking ginger and lemon herbal teas, these are readily available in many supermarkets. You can also brew your own by grating ginger into hot water, and allowing it to steep for a while.

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5. Mint

Mint can really help sooth your stomach and help with nausea! It tastes amazing and is the perfect palate cleanser after a meal. This can be consumed in the form of a really tasty herbal tea!

6. Cinnamon

Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is a great addition to your diet. Sprinkle it over desserts or try adding it in teas for extra flavor and health benefits.

7. Fermented foods

You really need to consume more fermented foods to aid digestion. Fermented foods can help promote the growth of good gut bacteria. Many people become ill and contract debilitating digestive disorders, when they have an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria! Their bad gut bacteria in this instance will be more dominant.

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If this is the case, symptoms can range from bloating and gas to diarrhea. Slowly increase your intake of more fermented foods like Kefir, Kimchi and natural yogurts. This will help restore your healthy gut bacteria.

8. Omega 3’s

Omega 3’s can be consumed in the form of fish oil, or just by eating more fish. Salmon is a great source of omega-3’s, and is really delicious. These fatty acids can reduce inflammation and heal your gut from digestive disorders. Omega-3’s also promote heart health and can reduce rheumatoid arthritis.

9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a fantastic addition to your diet. It contains medium chain fatty acids which are easily digestible. They are also metabolized in a way that produces therapeutic benefits to your brain! This is important due to the strong gut and brain connection – a healthy gut makes a happy brain and vice versa.

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It has proven to be effective in healing people with candida problems (yeast infections in the stomach) and is known for its antibacterial properties. Its very easy to include in your diet. Use it as a substitute for various cooking oils or even spread it on you bread as a butter/margarine alternative!

10. Bananas

Bananas are very high in fiber! In fact 70% of its fiber is insoluble. This type of fiber can help move food down the digestive tract and regulate your bowel movements. The other 30% of fiber a banana contains is soluble fiber. This type of fiber can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of fats and carbohydrates.

Conclusion:

Now let’s bring this all together. It may seem like a lot of new foods to add into your diet, but it’s really easy. Why not start your day with a healthy juice shot! Mix lemon juice, finely grated ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric into a shot glass. Then gulp it down every morning, to reap the health benefits, with no hassle at all!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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