The trillions of microbes in your body help digest food, treat rheumatoid arthritis, prevent cancer, reduce your risk of heart disease, and even strengthen your immune system. To give your microbiome health a boost, eat a probiotic-rich food and follow a high-fiber diet. Also, get enough sleep and exercise regularly. Additionally, do some gardening and get your hands dirty, as healthy bacteria are known to reside in the mud.
Planning to shed a few pounds fast? Naturally, you may try trendy yo-yo dieting. But unfortunately, you will end up in an unhealthy trap of weight cycling with this diet. In yo-yo dieting, you lose weight and then regain it. But still, you may feel happy because with the diet[.....]
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Considered a superfood, probiotics are food products fermented by lactic acid bacteria. They play a major role in modulating the gut flora, thereby managing many gut disorders. Yogurt, buttermilk, tempeh, miso, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and cheese are some probiotics that provide various health benefits. It's easy to make them at home.
When it comes to intuition, why do most of us trust it for a host of big and little life choices, but ignore it when it comes to what we eat? Whether it is the assault of fad diets in magazines or “success stories” of friends who lost a lot of weight with a certain lifestyle change, there’s a lot that’s drowning out that little inner voice or instinct. Is it time you tuned out the noise and focussed on intuitive eating?
Celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivities make strong cases for giving up gluten. Along with fostering healthy gut flora, going gluten-free can help alleviate type-1 diabetes, IBD, and autoimmune disorders. But if you are not gluten intolerant, stick to a regular diet as consumption of gluten-free products may deprive you of essential nutrients like vit B and D, fiber, calcium, magnesium, folate, and iron.
Healthy gut bacteria synthesize short-chain fatty acids and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels. They carry out biotransformation of bile that improves metabolism of cholesterol, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Interestingly, changes in cholesterol metabolism also cause dramatic shifts in the gut microbiota. Restore it by consuming fiber-rich fruits, veggies, fermented foods, and exercise.
Crops are genetically modified to such an extent that our body recognizes them as foreign bodies. This makes it difficult to digest and also depletes our body of several enzymes that were used for digestion when plants were consumed in their natural form. Lack of these enzymes is what results in a weak and slow digestive system, in spite of eating healthy.
Papaya seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, preventing renal failure. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat arthritis and joint disease. It contains an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. Papain, in papaya seeds, helps in effective digestion of protein. Avoid if pregnant.
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