Goodbye, Terrible Tummy Troubles

Goodbye, Terrible Tummy Troubles

It’s Friday night. You and your colleagues decide to unwind at a nearby pub and kick-start the weekend cheer. You bump into an old friend and exchange pleasantries with her. A closer look at her and you’re in awe of her transformation. Her skin glows, hair shines, she looks healthier and cheerful and has left behind a neat amount of baggage (read: weight). She’s got your attention and you can’t help but ask her the secret of it all. ‘A good diet’ she responds.

Generally, it is presumed that a good diet consists of eating less and resisting every craving. Well, that couldn’t be more wrong. A good diet simply means avoiding food that disturbs your digestion, causes inflammation and is difficult for your gut to process. When you eliminate foods that cause digestive disorders, your tummy is happier and that, in turn affects your weight, skin, hair, breath and all your bodily functions. (Perhaps your old friend wasn’t making it up).

If you’re looking at beginning the ‘good diet’ regime, here are 5 inflammatory foods that you must first consider avoiding:

1. Sugar

Oh, sweet memories! Oh, sweet memories!

Who thought that what satiates your taste buds after a meal can be such a culprit! Sugar in desserts, candies, donuts can increase the inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Sugar present in aerated drinks and sodas also increases the level of uric acid, which increases inflammation in the body.

What to avoid: Canned juices, soda, candy bars, pastries, donuts.

2. Vegetable oil

OM(e)G(a), really? OM(e)G(a), really?

Your body needs a perfect balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Vegetable oils like soy, corn, sunflower have high levels of the inflammatory fat - Omega-6 and low levels of anti-inflammatory fat - Omega-3. This can possibly increase chances of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes etc.

What to avoid: Salad dressings, mayonnaise, potato chips, barbecue sauce, crackers.

3. Grain fed meat

Bacon is not your real bae Bacon is not your real bae

Grain fed animals like chicken, pigs and cattle end up becoming sick because of antibiotics and drugs they receive, which makes them sick and unhealthy. When we eat their meat, their sickness gets passed to us. Additionally, when meat is grilled, it creates inflammatory carcinogens. Hence, meat is hardly a delight a delight for the gut. It cause indigestion and helps you gain weight

What to avoid: Beef, pork, bacon, chicken, mutton, hot dogs, sausages,

4. Fast food

Wait up, don’t stop reading yet! Wait up, don’t stop reading yet!

Oh, you’re not going to like what you’re about to read. But, fast foods are indeed the fastest foods to cause upheaval to your gut. When you order that pizza, what you’re also ordering alongside is a big fat plate of phthalates, an endocrine-disrupting chemical toxin. What it does? It increases inflammation in your body and affects your metabolism. And thereon begin problems like bloating, constipation, gas etc.

What to avoid: Pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, candy, chips etc.

5. Excess alcohol

A shot of reality, please A shot of reality, please

Various studies have found that people who consume higher levels of alcohol tend to have a higher level of CRP, which is a result of high levels of inflammation. Additionally, it is also found that excess alcohol consumption causes the bacteria to move out of the colon and into the body. This condition is commonly referred to - ‘leaky gut’, that can possibly lead to organ damage.

What to avoid: Over consumption of all types of liquor

Now that you’ve met the villain of the plot, it is time to meet the hero too. We know these foods are the bad guys. Now, who do we fight them? The answer is simple - With a heroic immune system. And, how can that be achieved? Probiotics!

A good diet requires beneficial microorganisms that protect you from various infections and dysfunctions. Probiotics are essential supplements that help you build a strong immune system, gives an impetus to your gut functions and overall aides in making you healthier. By supplementing Setu’s probiotics with your diet, what you’re essentially doing is - letting your gut to function at its maximum and protect you from digestive disorders. Make probiotics an integral part of your lifestyle and watch your gut transform the way it functions. When you choose Setu’s probiotics, you also choose a healthier lifestyle.

So, let your gut be the hero that protects you from every villian!