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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 August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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