Struggling to get in shape? Your gut health may be the cause.
You’ve counted calories, cut carbs, tried a mindboggling amount of diets and worked out six days a week, but a flat tummy is still out of reach. If you’re struggling to gain six-pack abs despite all of this, then perhaps you should consider checking in on your gut health.
But what does gut health have to do with a flat tummy? Plenty, according to researchers at Lund University1 in Sweden, who have recently discovered a link between the amount of good bacteria and obesity in adults. Poor gut health can also affect your skin, digestion and overall health. There are many causes of poor gut health, but here are some common ones that you may not even realise you are guilty of.
1. Lack of Zzzz
Some studies have shown that increased stress can negatively affect your gut bacteria and impact your immune system. Night owls should also consider getting more shut-eye, as a lack of sleep can also affect your gut functions.
2. Bottoms Up
Sure, after-work cocktails with your squad is a great mood-reliever, but too many of these can cause dysbiosis – an imbalance of bacteria in your body. Not only does too much alcohol affect and irritate your oesophageal sphincter (a bundle of muscles at the low end of the oesophagus where it meets the stomach), it can cause heartburn and lead to painful constipation episodes.
3. Oh Sugar!
Fried chicken, ice cream and chocolates may be the ultimate indulgences after a long day, but these comforting treats typically contain saturated or trans fats that your body cannot digest. Ultimately, excess consumption of high-fat food can cause indigestion, gas, bloating and even increase your risk of colon cancer.
4. Quick Bites
It has been a busy day and there’s barely time to eat before you’re rushing out that next deadline. The solution? Wolf down lunch at your desk so you can keep going. However, this isn’t the best solution for your gut, as it takes at least 20 to 30 minutes for your stomach to signal to your brain that you’re full, say gut health experts. Consuming food too quickly may lead to overeating, as your body has no time to measure whether it is full, and may cause weight gain in the long run.
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Eight glasses of water daily is a must, especially if you live in a tropical climate like Singapore’s. But beyond just keeping cool, water also helps your intestines function properly. In addition to softening stool, water keeps food waste moving through your body so you can pass it without pain or bloating. Without water, stool becomes difficult to pass, which can lead to anal fissures or even haemorrhoids.
Improve Your Gut Health
Changing these habits may be a challenge to accomplish in a short time, but there may be an easier way to get you started. Enter Swisse Ultibiotic, a probiotics supplement that’s designed to promote good gut health. The supplement is filled with live bacteria that aim to improve your digestive system. There are two options to choose from: Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Digestive Probiotic and Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Immune Probiotic.
Each product contains individual probiotic strains for specific health needs. For example, the Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Digestive Probiotic supplement aims to support gastrointestinal health and healthy digestion. It does this by promoting good bacteria growth and restoring bacteria balance in your gut. It also helps reduce digestive discomfort such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation and flatulence.
The brand also prioritises good general health with its Swisse Ultibiotic Daily Immune Probiotic. This supplement strengthens your immune system by promoting good gastrointestinal health. As a result, it helps minimise runny noses, nasal congestion and sore throats, and shortens the durations of colds.
Both supplements are vegetarian-and vegan-friendly. However, you should consult your doctor prior to beginning a supplement programme, especially if you’re pregnant, nursing or on other medications.
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1 “New link between gut bacteria and obesity”. Lund University. 23 Feb 2018.
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