If you want to lose weight fast, keep your stomach healthy. It will also ensure that you minimize your risk of developing type two diabetes and cancer.
Health experts say that the key to your fitness and health depends on your stomach. More specifically, it depends on the stomach bacteria that helps digest and absorb the food in your diet. Every individual’s stomach is home to a mix of stomach bacteria, and diet and lifestyle plays a significant role in determining the mix. It also impacts your weight loss efforts. “stomach health is indicative of overall health. Research has found links between people with certain types of bacteria in the stomach and diseases such as obesity, type two diabetes and colon cancer. A healthy stomach acts as a barrier against toxins. Therefore, it is important to build the right kind of ecosystem within the bowels to process food and stave off illness,” says Dr Vaishali Lokhande, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai. Here are the foods you should include in your diet plan to boost the good microbes in your body.
Foods packed with probiotics are good for the stomach. “Food items like curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, lassi and smoothies are stomach-friendly. Fortified drinks like yakult or chewable tablets are a good source of Lactobacillus as well,” says Samant. During stomach infections, a diet of curd rice can promote lactobacillus bacteria in the stomach.
Flaxseeds are rich in antioxidants and soluble fibres, which promote stomach flora. “Ground flaxseeds can be added to any dish to improve fibrous content,” says Dr Lokhande.
Bananas are rich in fibre, potassium and magnesium. “It can fight inflammation and aid digestion,” says Dr Lokhande.
Apple and apple cider vinegar
Apple is a source of pectin, which is beneficial for removing toxins from the body. It also restores the balance of bacteria in the stomach and reduces inflammation, says Dr Lokhande.
Eating whole grain and high-fibre foods like oats, nuts and seeds boosts the digestion process; nuts are also rich in antioxidants.