Weight loss diet plan, these 9 superfoods will keep your gut healthy

Weight loss diet plan: Research has found links between people with certain types of bacteria in the gut and diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.

Health experts say that the key to your fitness and health depends on your gut. More specifically, it depends on the gut bacteria that helps digest and absorb the food in your diet. Every individual’s gut is home to a mix of gut bacteria, and diet and lifestyle plays a significant role in determining the mix. It also impacts your weight loss efforts. “Gut healthis indicative of overall health. Research has found links between people with certain types of bacteria in the gut and diseases such as obesitytype 2 diabetes and colon cancer. A healthy gut 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.

The most plentiful and important bacteria in the small intestine is the Lactobacillus species (a gut-friendly microbe). “Lactobacillus ferments indigestible carbohydrates and supports the breakdown of sugar in dairy products, which are a common source of food sensitivities. Intestinal microbiota also help in proper development of the immune system,” says Bhakti Samant, Chief Dietician Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Junk food items like pizzas and burgers harm the intestinal microbiota leading to gastric discomfort. (Shutterstock)

While some foods can help to boost your gut health, junk food items like pizzas and burgers harm the intestinal microbiota leading to gastric discomfort.

“Fast food is empty of fibre and has high amounts of refined sugar, salt, fats and oils, which are difficult for the gut to break down. They also delay gut movement exposing the bowels to toxins and carcinogens. Too much junk food can irritate the lining of bowels and slow down digestion making you feel bloated. A high-fat diet also triggers an immune response leading to inflammation and tissue damage. Chronic inflammation can make one prone to cancer,” says Dr Lokhande.

Dairy products like curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, lassi and smoothies are gut-friendly. (Shutterstock)

So, what should you eat for good gut health? Here’s what the experts advise:

Dairy products

Foods packed with probiotics are good for the gut. “Food items like curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, lassi and smoothies are gut-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 gut.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are rich in antioxidants and soluble fibres, which promote gut flora. “Ground flaxseeds can be added to any dish to improve fibrous content,” says Dr Lokhande.

Apple cider vinegar is a source of pectin, which is beneficial for removing toxins from the body. (Shutterstock)

Banana

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 gut and reduces inflammation, says Dr Lokhande.

High-fibre foods

Eating whole grain and high-fibre foods like oats, nuts and seeds boosts the digestion process; nuts are also rich in antioxidants.

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Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead

Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead

Facebook has said that it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be “demoted” in the news feed.

The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in Britain that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would be “contrary to the basic principles of free speech”, the BBC reported on Friday.

Facebook has been scrutinised for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.

The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.

“We created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice,” John Hegeman from Facebook said while responding to CNN. “We allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed.”

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had “entrenched deeply held beliefs”.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

India started their Hockey World Cup 2018 campaign by registering a comprehensive 5-0 win against South Africa on Wednesday. Riding high on confidence, India will take on World No.3 Belgium in their second Pool C clash on Sunday. Talking about India’s convincing win over World No.15 South Africa, India hockey great Ashok Kumar said that he is confident of India performing well in the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar. “The way India started the tournament shows that they are ready for the World Cup,” Ashok Kumar said.

“Scoring two goals in the first half against a team like South Africa shows the kind hockey we are playing. South Africa is not a weak team and scoring five goals against them shows that India are ready to play their hearts out and win the tournament,” added Ashok Kumar, who was a member of the Indian team that won the 1975 World Cup.

“And the credit goes to the coach and management. And after witnessing India’s performance in the match against South Africa, it is safe to say that India will continue to dish out their top-notch performance,” Ashok Kumar further added.

Talking about how fitness is important in modern-day hockey, Ashok Kumar said, “Fitness is the primary requirement in today’s hockey. If you are not fit, you won’t be able to play.”

“Even I want to play hockey, but I’m not fit. I only play hockey in my mind but it becomes a complete game when both mind and body are involved,” he added.

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Market wreckage will spark ‘tremendous opportunities’ for investors, Prudential Financial’s Quincy Krosby predicts

Image result for Market wreckage will spark 'tremendous opportunities' for investors, Prudential Financial's Quincy Krosby predictsPrudential Financial’s Quincy Krosby has advice for investors: Let the stock market volatility work for you.

She’s confident the market’s wild swings will ultimately subside and generate strong upside.

“If the sell-off continues and it deepens, it’s going to provide tremendous opportunities as the market settles down,” the firm’s chief market strategist said Monday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.”

Stocks fell sharply Tuesday morning and the major indexes turned negative for the year.

Krosby isn’t ruling out a retest of October’s lows because of the uncertainty surrounding the market when it comes to Federal Reserve policy, the U.S.-China trade war and global growth jitters.

“If you have to go into the market now, we suggest you go into the defensive names,” she said, highlighting health care, consumer staples and utilities.

Her thoughts came as the major indexes kicked off another the week in sell-off mode. The tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped deeper into correction territory. It was off 10 percent over the past three months as of Monday’s closing. However, Krosby sees the wreckage in tech as an option for investors who have a strong risk tolerance.

“You may want to take a look at the ones that have been really beaten down,” said Krosby. “Cloud is not going away. Cybersecurity is not going away. But nonetheless, they’re going to have to probably sell off more as we see the tech names just basically being a source of funding perhaps for hedge funds right now. But this, too, shall pass.”

For investors with a weak stomach for volatility, she notes that sitting on the sidelines isn’t such a bad strategy either.

“If you can sit out and wait in cash, I think the opportunities are going to come to you,” she added.

And, she suggests that could happen before the end of the year.

Not too late for Santa Claus rally?

According to Krosby, it’s not too late for the markets to stage a Santa Claus rally. If the markets can muster the momentum, it’s possible stocks could end the year higher than current levels — especially if the Federal Reserve indicates it will hike fewer than four times between now and 2020 and the U.S.-China trade tensions ease.

“Any headline that comes in and changes our perception of those two major, major issues for the market could actually underpin a stronger turnaround before the end of this month,” Krosby said.

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Expenditure Incurred On Books, Uniforms Of Children With Disabilities Will Be Reimbursed: HRD

Expenditure Incurred On Books, Uniforms Of Children With Disabilities Will Be Reimbursed: HRD

The HRD Ministry has given directions to all the schools in the country that expenditure incurred on books, uniforms and transport of children with disabilities would be reimbursed, Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh said.

Speaking at an award ceremony organised by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and Mindtree, Mr. Singh said there are about 12 million people with disability and just one per cent go to schools.

“Specially challenged people just do not need courtesy and compassion, but real empowerment which would come through education. How to ensure it is a big challenge,” he said at the Helen Keller Awards 2018.

Mr.Singh said the directions have been issued to “all the schools in the country that all the expenditure incurred on books, uniform and transport will be reimbursed by the government”.

He also said that the girl child will be given Rs. 200 per month.

The government from this academic session has also issued directions that there will minimum 5 per cent admission in all educational bodies, he added.

“It is one of the top most priority for this government to make sure that the rights of specially challenged people are ensured,” he said.

 

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