Getting a flat stomach is not easy. Stress, poor diet, infections, age or medicines, among others, can alter our intestinal flora.
There are numerous health problems when the intestinal flora is altered.
If the intestinal flora is altered there may be an overly bloated abdomen, constipation or malfunction of the gastrointestinal system.
Intestinal flora synthesise vitamins and digestive enzymes, nutrient uptake increases, reducing metabolites such as urea, cholesterol and triglycerides. Moreover, the intestinal flora digest and transform into energy digested nutrients that have not broken down.
If intestinal flora is unbalanced there is a decrease in energy, malaise, diarrhoea, and increased sensitivity to infections may occur.
Why does bloating occur?
Bloating can occur for the following reasons:
- an accumulation of gas in the intestine,
- the digestive system is not able to maintain healthy peristalsis,
- by an imbalance of intestinal flora such as candidiasis (intestinal fungi)
- poor digestion by digestive enzyme deficiency and bile acids
Natural remedies for a flat stomach
Inulin is a polysaccharide of fructose present in the roots of plants such as chicory, dandelion and burdock. Inulin cannot be digested by the enzymes of the human intestine. Inulin is a water-soluble fibre that forms a gel in the intestine, improving peristalsis. Moreover, inulin is a prebiotic that feeds the beneficial lactic bacteria. Inulin maintains the balance of the gastrointestinal ecosystem.
Inulin meets the necessary requirements to maintain a flat stomach. It is convenient to combine it with lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.
Probiotics are live microorganisms, they are important because they stimulate the growth of intestinal flora, they renew and affix in the intestinal mucosa keeping it in good condition. Probiotics improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients. They also act as defence barrier to prevent the passage of toxins, viruses or bacteria through the intestinal wall.
An imbalance of bacterial flora can result in diarrhoea or constipation with or without pain or bloating. The intake of probiotics reduces pain, flatulence and bloating. Probiotics important to getting a flat stomach are bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus casei and the lactobacillus acidophilus.
L-carnitine is an amino acid that transports fatty acids to the mitochondria where they become energy. L-carnitine is a “fat burner”. It increases the use and disposal of fatty acids located in the fat reserves. Often this reserve of fat is located at the abdominal level. If the L-carnitine is taken before aerobic exercise and fasting, more localised fat will be burned.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
CLA is used in weight loss diets for being a “fat burner”. CLA has an affinity for fat located at the abdominal level.
Fucoxanthin is a pigment extracted from brown seaweed such as wakame seaweed. Fucoxanthin has an affinity for the fat accumulated in the abdomen and liver. Fucoxanthin induces the apoptosis (dying off) of these cells, reducing the accumulation of abdominal fat.
To get a flat stomach naturally it is important to follow a healthy and balanced diet. Also of great help is physical exercise that works the abdominals. The aforementioned food supplements, exercise and proper diet will help to achieve the desired flat stomach.
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