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Heal Your Gut, Lose Your Belly -How To Flatten Your Stomach Fast!

We all want an attractive and flat stomach, so we work out at the gym and go on restrictive diets.  When our stomach doesn’t flatten, we get discouraged and think this is as good as it’s going to get.  Not so!  You need to heal your gut to lose your belly.

There are over 1,000 species of bacteria living in our gut and they are all competing for dominance.  It’s the classic story of good vs. evil and in the case of our microbiome (gut bacteria), good bacteria vs. bad bacteria!   Most of us are losing the battle with bad bacteria.  Overgrowth of bad bacteria seems epidemic in our culture due to medications, processed foods, WAY too much sugar, stress and getting older are just some of the ways that bad bacteria rules.

When you have more bad bacteria vs good, you crave more food.  Usually, the bad kind of food because that is what feeds bad bacteria.  Sugar is the main culprit of feeding bad bacteria.  So are YOU craving sweets or is your microbiome craving sweets?  A recent study might have an answer to that question.  According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutritionobese women given probiotics lost significant weight taking a probiotic supplement.  Once the good bacteria was raised, possibly the cravings subsided resulting in weight loss.

How can you heal your gut?  Five simple solutions:

There are simple ways to bring your microbiome back into balance.  You may even see changes within a day!  By balancing your microbiome you will increase your metabolism and dramatically reduce the bloating.healthy living

  • Sip ginger tea.  Ginger has been shown to heal the lining of the gut by reducing inflammation.  Reducing inflammation will lessen bad bacteria.  Ginger tea is helpful for those with IBS.  You can grate fresh ginger and add it to your smoothies or tea.
  • Eat more fiber.  Good bacteria love to feed on fiber. The more fiber you eat, the more types of bacteria species appear.  The more diverse and balanced your microbes are, the slimmer your belly.
  • Avoid sugar-free gum.  The sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol in sugar-free gum are a feeding ground for bad bacteria!
  • Avoid fatty and sugary foods.  These types of low nutrient foods cause bad bacteria to thrive.  The bad bacteria again, feed on these types of food. More bad bacteria, more belly bloat.
  • Limit red meat to once a week.  Red meat increases a type of bad bacteria that causes bloating and even stomach pain.

Make it a lifestyle!

Eating foods that raise good bacteria and keep bad bacteria in check is something you should do every day.  Eat wholesome foods, fresh vegetables, and fruit, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut and greek yogurt.  Limit animal protein, eliminate sugar and sugar substitutes, eat plenty of fiber rich foods and if you have to take medications, take a daily probiotic.

Supplements for a flatter stomach

Try FLATTER ME for everything you need to get rid of belly bloat, heal your gut and flatten that stomach!

Do these things every day and watch your stomach flatten!

I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know how you achieved or will achieve a flatter stomach!

20 Comments Add yours
  1. Wow, thanks for all of this info. I have been trying to watch my belly for awhile now. I used to have a flat belly when I was younger and I worked out a lot. Now, I don’t have much time or energy to want to work out so, I have gained a little belly now. Ginger tea? Hmmm, thanks will have to try this. Flatter Me? Never heard of this product, can you give me more information on this product as well?

    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for your post! This product consistently gets rave reviews. It was formulated for those with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) IBS causes a lot of digestive woes and can really affect the quality of life for them. This product contains the most effective probiotics to address it at therapeutical levels. If you try it, please let me know how you like it!

  2. Great article Linda! I was not aware of the many bad bacteria that live in our bodies daily. I usually try to eat healthy daily, but have my occasional cheat days during the weekend. I need to work on my vegetable intake so I try drinking a smoothie with either kale or spinach. Thanks for the info!

  3. Great post on some ways to increase good gut bacteria and lose some of the bad. I love having greek yogurt in the mornings for breakfast or as a snack, and I also take probiotics. I had never heard about ginger tea before, although I do drink tea a lot, so i’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks for the info!

  4. I didn’t know that sipping ginger tea helped my gut!
    I do eat yogurt everyday and try to avoid junky processed foods but it’s not always easy. I think I will have to reduce my intake of red meats as everyone in the family love beef!
    Is there a probiotic supplement you would recommend me that will improve the health of my gut?

    1. Thanks for your comment! It can be hard to change our diet. The best advice is to start slow. Reduce red meat, don’t eliminate. Nothing should be eliminated from your diet unless you’re allergic or have sensitivities to a food. I think the Flatter Me supplement that I recommend in the post is one of the good ones, as well as Digestive Science. http://ibs.digestivescience.com/ct/366922

  5. Great information. Talking about the gut may not be sexy but it sure is important. I think maybe I will finally get around to making my own sauerkraut. That is something I have been meaning to add to my diet as a regular staple for awhile.

    1. Thanks for your reply. You’re right, gut health is far from sexy, but it’s hard to be sexy without it..lol! Let me know how your saur kraut comes out. I have been meaning to make some myself. I tried making my own kombucha and that was fun and delicious!

  6. This was such a good read and quite frankly something I needed to hear.

    I had two children in two years and then quit smoking, needless to say that with the babies stretching my stomach and me eating so much after quitting smoking I gained a lot of weight, especially my stomach.

    I have been thinking now that it really is time to sort this out and I wasn’t aware of how gut health plays such an important part of this.

    Thanks for this information.

    1. You’re welcome Lynn. Good for you to start a healthy program. It is tough as mothers to take care of ourselves first, but it’s never too late to start! Good luck on your journey.

  7. Hi Linda!

    This was a great article. I hadn’t thought of increasing my fiber intake, I will try that! Is there any advice you have for adherence to a particular diet?

    Thanks,

    Dustin

    1. Hi Dustin! Yes, it’s so important to increase your fiber, you’ll just ‘run’ better and you’ll feel better too. What I tell people to do when wanting to stick to a diet is; how you are now is because of what you have eaten in the past, if you want to be in a different place as far as health and weight, you have to do things differently. You start by taking out sugar and eating only 6tspoons of added sugar a day. No more. Then you add in lots more fruits and vegetables and reduce grains to 4 servings a day. If you avoid sugar and reduce carbs, your weight will go down. This has to be your new lifestyle because diets are short term. Eating well every day takes some forethought and willpower. But it’s so worth it! Thanks for your comment and great question!

  8. These are very simple ways to get a flat gut ad I will definitely recommend these methods to my girlfriend who wants to regain and maintain her flat gut. Than you

  9. Hi, thank you for all this information, i take a lot of Ginger with Turmeric for my osteoarthritis but haven’t tried ginger Tea yet, it will be going on my shopping list

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