About twelve years ago, when I was a personal trainer, I saw a presentation called “Flatten Your Abs Forever.” I thought the guy was going to talk about exercises to develop a “washboard stomach” (6-pack, whatever you want to call it).
But he talked for 3 hours about why people have bloating and how you can’t have a flat belly unless you have good digestion. I will never forget what I learned that day and I would like to teach you everything.
There are three essential simple steps to achieving a sexy flat tummy and this article teaches you those same steps.
STEP ONE – Change your food!
The first step to getting a flat tummy is to get rid of inflammation-causing foods in your gut. Every time there is inflammation in your gut, your abdominal muscles tighten and your tummy pops out, making you look 7 months pregnant (in men too!).
I’m sure you know the feeling. It is uncomfortable, often painful, and embarrassing. It drains your confidence and makes you want to hide.
Start by discarding the gluten, soy, and cow’s milk. The results will surprise you.
STEP TWO – Eliminate the bad bugs from your gut!
Sometimes even eliminating bad foods doesn’t work. Why?
Well, you may have “bad bugs” living in your gut, and when you eat, these bugs have a party. Many of them ferment the food you eat, causing your gut to become bubbly, gassy, and bloated.
Bacteria like H. pylori (which I had), C. difficile, E. coli, Salmonella, and other common suspects, yeasts and fungi like Candida, and parasites of all sizes, shapes, and colors can be real nuisances.
These little critters set your stomach on fire, eat your food, and make your belly expand like a balloon.
To find out which bad insects lurk in your stomach and intestine, you need to take a stool test. The ones my standard doctors gave me are not that good. Get a test from a reputable specialized laboratory. There are 3 or 4 very good ones and they have distributors all over the world.
STEP THREE – Replace the good stuff!
If you don’t have enough stomach acid or digestive enzymes, you won’t be able to digest food properly. Bad bugs love this: the less you digest, the more they have to eat, and that can only mean three things: bloating, gas, and bloating.
Can you find out if it has low levels of acids and enzymes? Absolutely, a good stool test will give you this information, in addition to finding the bad bugs.
The “good bugs” (also known as “predominant bacteria” or “probiotics”) are also very important: they keep bad bugs away, support digestion, reduce inflammation, and generally keep the gut healthy. The latest research suggests that they can even affect emotional function!
If your good bugs have been killed by antibiotic treatments, drinking alcohol, or eating a poor quality diet, their absence can allow bad bugs in, keep you from digesting food, and cause your tummy to burst.
A good stool test will also tell you about your “good bug” population!
Getting rid of bloating and achieving that flat tummy you’ve always wanted has as much to do with your inner health as it does with your outer appearance.
You can do all the crunches and crunches you want, but if your gut is bloated and gassy, it will keep coming out and causing you discomfort and embarrassment.
Take 90 days of your life and implement the three steps that I taught you here. It’s worth it.