Probiotics have received a lot of press over the past several years, and there is more and more scientific evidence to support all of the hype. Probiotics aid digestion and keep your gut moving, which helps reduce bloating and discomfort. They also boost your immune system and are particularly beneficial to women’s health. A 2006 study by Stanford University found that the intestinal bacteria in obese people differs from that of normal-weight people, supporting the theory that probiotics may aid in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
New evidence is also showing that probiotics before and after weight loss surgery can have a positive impact. Probiotics have been shown to decrease bacterial overgrowth, improve gut motility, and improve vitamin B12 absorption. In some patients it has also been shown to increase weight loss after surgery! Read more about the vitamins, minerals, and supplements Dr. Clark recommends here.
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No equipment necessary
Gym memberships are not a requirement to begin exercising. Two of the most basic exercises, the push up and the squat, can be done from the comfort of your home and provide the biggest benefits to your body.
Squat: Stand tall with your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms straight out at shoulder level. Keep your torso as upright as you can, with your lower back slightly arched. Brace your stomach and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Place a chair behind you and when you feel the backs of your legs begin to touch it, stand back up. Do 15 to 20 repetitions.
Raised push Up: While standing, place your hands placed on a raised surface—such as the wall, a bench, an ottoman, or one of the steps of your stairs—instead of the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head. Keeping your body rigid, lower your body until your upper arms dip below your elbows. Pause, and then push yourself back to the starting position as quickly as possible. (The higher the surface on which you place your hands, the easier the exercise becomes.) Do 12 to 15 repetitions.
Switch out white flour with whole wheat flour. This means buying whole-wheat and whole-grain cereals, breads, and pastas, but also making a switch in your baking. When a recipe calls for flour, choose whole-wheat instead of all-purpose white. If that seems like too big of a stretch for you, start out with half whole-wheat/half white. You won’t notice the difference in taste or consistency, but your body will notice the difference in nutrient intake.