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This New Natural Testosterone Booster Has Men Everywhere Raving

It's a disturbing thought, one that usually hits after an unexpected physical challenge — like weaker workouts, slower recovery, or not performing in the bedroom the way you used to.
And though you may not "feel old," you know you don't look or feel like the man you used to be.
The issue? You might not have enough free testosterone
A person's bloodstream contains two types of testosterone: bonded testosterone and free testosterone. Bonded testosterone attaches to molecules in the body and is mostly ineffective. However, free testosterone can enter your cells easily and plays a vital role in libido, strength, stamina, and vitality.
While the market is flooded with questionable options for increasing a man's free testosterone levels, a group of researchers in Boston, Massachusetts have developed a dietary supplement that's different. It triggers the body to increase its levels of free testosterone naturally and safely.
Called Nugenix, the supplement primarily relies on an ingredient called Testofen®, which has been shown in clinical trials to boost free testosterone levels, increase sex drive, and improve libido. Adding to Nugenix's potency are additional key ingredients like zinc and vitamins B12 and B6, which have been shown to improve physical performance and strength, increase drive, and aid in recovery.
Nugenix has no harmful side effects, and has been shown to deliver improvements in strength and endurance in as little as a week. According to studies held in both Irvine, California and Queensland, Australia, users reported greater muscle definition and quicker recovery times, increased sex drive, and feelings of alertness.

Top antioxidant rich foods!

Top antioxidant rich foods!
Antioxidants are highly essential today, considering the worldwide spread of different cancers and other life-threatening health conditions.


Be it a short trip to the supermarket, or a visit to the local vegetable market, here is a list of foods that are packed with antioxidants, and you should definitely be getting them home.

Tomatoes : Probably the most versatile fruit (yes fruit!); tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which is an amazing antioxidant that you can put to use. Also, tomatoes give you that extra boost of vitamins A and C, which help keep the body functioning to its optimum level.
Best of all, the tomato ketchup that you use so liberally, also contains a huge amount of lycopene.

Corn : A favorite in the monsoons, corn is packed full of antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C. Plus, it helps protect your eyes, so be sure to load up on these on your next trip to the supermarket.

Spinach : You may hate it for all the reasons, but the fact is, Popeye got the girl (and his muscles too) thanks to this one single greenie. Loaded with iron, and an amazing blood purifier, spinach is one of the best foods to add to your diet. It also contains the antioxidant lutein, and the essentials beta carotene and zeaxanthin which help protect your body against the various ill-effects of free radical damage.

Berries : Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are not just meant to be in your ice creams, make it a point to eat these fruits raw, or as juices. Loaded with vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin, these berries can be added to your morning cereal, or whip up a handful of berries with a cup of yogurt, for freshly prepared fruit yogurt.

Bell peppers : They come in three colors and make your salads and pizzas colorful, but that’s just food for the eye. It may seem to be untrue, but bell peppers have more vitamin C than an orange; all the more reason to add them to your pizza toppings. Also, the threesome is known for their abundance in vitamins A, C and E.

Garlic : It adds flavor to your dishes, and keeps your heart healthy, but there’s much more to this teeny tiny herb than just this. Garlic helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and acts as a natural antibiotic. Just a clove of garlic contains vitamins A, C, E and the essential minerals selenium, sodium, iodine, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Eat oats for better heart health, and beyond



Eat oats for better heart health, and beyond
Eat oats for better heart health, and beyond (Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images)
A key morning breakfast food has just got better. The soluble fibre in oats helps lower total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad' cholesterol but scientists now say that the cardiovascular health benefits of oats goes beyond fibre.

The phenolic compound avenanthramide (AVE) - found only in oats - may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and anti-cancer properties.

It suggests that oat AVEs may play an important role in protecting the heart.

Eating whole grains is consistently associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease.

"Our studies reveal that the heart health benefit of eating oats may go beyond fibre," said Shengmin Sang from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The soluble fibre beta-glucan found in oats has been recognised for its ability to lower both total and LDL cholesterol.

According to Mohsen Meydani from the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging at Tufts University, oat AVEs suppress the production of inflammatory cytokines associated with fatty streak formation in the arteries.

In addition, oat AVEs appear to repress the process associated with the development of atherosclerosis.

Eleven top scientists from around the globe presented the latest findings on the powerful compounds found in oats in a scientific session titled 'Physicochemical Properties and Biological Functionality of Oats' at the 247th Annual Conference of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, recently.

The Health Benefits of Red Wine

The Health Benefits of Red WineCan wine really improve our health and increase longevity? Scientists are beginning to say "Yes!" Supposing that the theory is true -- which wines give us the most bang for the buck?
Researchers have found that red wines rich in flavonoids are best for our health. Flavonoids are best known for their antioxidant qualities and help the body resist such maladies as allergens, viruses and carcinogens.
Red wines also contain anxioxidants, which help the body resist cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Other red wines such as Merlots and red zinfandels contain fewer flavonoids, but more than most white wines. So, the best bet for drinking wine for our health is to stick to the dryer red wines.  Just because wine contains components that are central to good health doesn't give us a free rein to get plastered every night. Don't overdo it -- but adding a glass of wine to your daily diet can definitely make a difference to our health.
Paracelsus, the noted 16th-century Swiss physician wrote, "Wine is a food, a medicine and a poison - it's just a question of dose." As with almost any food or drink, wine consumed in large doses can be a detriment to our health.
Most health officials agree that one or two four-ounce glasses of wine per day can be beneficial to men, while women should limit their consumption to one four ounce serving per day.
Cardiovascular expert, Professor Roger Corder, has spent years studying the evidence of health benefits from red wine. In his new book, "The Wine Diet," he says he is convinced that most of us should include red wine in our every day lifestyle.
Corder discovered what he eventually labeled the "French Paradox." Specifically, he wondered why the French have a lower rate of heart disease despite the fact that their diet was extremely rich in fats. He concentrated his research on the southwest portion of France, where life expectancy seemed to be highest.
Professor Corder discovered that the region produces very tannic local wines, which contain the highest procyanidin (antioxidant) content of any wines, worldwide. This led him to further research on the amazing medical benefits of red wine.
While wine may not be man's ultimate elixir or fountain of youth, it certainly behooves us to consider adding a glass of wine or two to our daily diet - and raise a "toast" to our continued good health.           

Top 10 Sex Myths Exposed

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You’d think everyone would have a better grasp on sex and desire, especially considering the important roles these two things play in our lives.

When you were younger, you probably believed a handful of humorous and strange things about sex — like the notion that you could lose your virginity if you inserted a tampon, or that masturbation causes blindness and hair to grow on your hands. Or that you can’t get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding your baby. Or (our favorite), that sex, as it’s portrayed on television and in the movies, actually imitates real life sex.  As you grow older, you realize that the majority of these kinds of sex myths aren’t true and you can’t be fooled nearly as easily.


Still there are a few women who’re still fairly misinformed about sex. Whether it’s how to get the most pleasure out of their love lives or how to stay healthy and safe in the bedroom, there seems to be a bit of hearsay being mistaken as fact.
Ready to test your sex IQ?

Myth #1: After a certain age, sex is no longer important. For adults of all ages, even those in their golden years, sex is actually an important aspect of both emotional and physical well-being. You’re never too old to enjoy pleasure. Some people believe that a decrease in sexual desire is simply a natural part of aging, but lacking libido is related to a number of other factors, including depression, communication barriers, hormone deficiencies, or loss of spouse or partner.
Myth #2: Your partner is intimidated by your vibrator. This is totally bogus. According to a recent Indiana University study, 41 percent of women have used a toy with their lover. ”Many men find vibration pleasurable on their penis and other body parts,” says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., a research scientist at Indiana University and author of Because It Feels Good.
Selecting a new toy should be just as exciting as using it. Need some tips? Lea Caughlan from The Rubber Rose, a sexuality boutique in San Diego, California, can give you some insight aboutchoosing the sexiest and safest bedroom playthings.
Myth #3: Watching porn is a “guy” thing. Despite the widely held belief, a lot of women really like porn. It’s true. We women are way more sexually curious than we get credit for. According to Nielsen NetRatings, a third of all visitors to adult sites are female. And they are often into some really kinky things. A study done by Northwestern University says that guys mostly get turned on by porn that’s the same as their own sexual orientation, while girls tend to like all kinds of porn, including gay, lesbian, heterosexual and bisexual.
Myth #4: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period. This couldn’t be further from the truth. ”You can get pregnant at any stage of your menstrual cycle—even on the day you expect your period to start,” says Sherman Silber, M.D., director of the Infertility Center in St. Louis. Since sperm is capable of living inside the body for up to a week, if you were to have sex during your period and then ovulate shortly after, it’s highly likely you could still get preggers.
Myth #5: Size matters. Just because a guy doesn’t have a big penis doesn’t mean you’re going to miss out on mind blowing sex. Size isn’t everything. Even if your man isn’t packing the heat the rest of your girlfriends are raving about, he’ll most likely still be able to rock your world. For example, being big in size won’t help him reach your (very real) G-spot. Actually, it could be quite painful if your cervix is continually hit during sex. Woman-on-top positions are great if you want to control the depth of his stroke. Try reverse cowgirl.
If he is lacking in length, try to stick to positions that keep your bodies close together. For a little extra clitoral stimulation, wrap your legs around him.
Myth #6: Once you have a baby, your sex life is over. This could be both true and false. Although having a vaginal birth will change you down there, having sex is so much more than purely physical stimulation. If you’re lacking intimacy, there’s obviously going to be issues, but just because you have a baby doesn’t mean your sex life is doomed. Many experts agree that doing Kegel exercises to strengthen your vagina works wonders.
Myth #7: Chocolate makes you horny. Chocolate is not only delicious, but it also contains two chemicals that trigger feelings of sexual arousal and love:  (a building block of a brain hormone that puts you in the mood) and phenylethylamine (a natural neuromodulator that stimulates positive feelings, often similar to the feeling of falling in love). But don’t let that fool you. Although chocolate has been known to be an aphrodisiac, like oysters, its qualities are purely psychological.
Myth #8: Testosterone only influences a man’s sex drive. While testosterone is commonly associated with men and their sex drives, like estrogen, it actually affects both sexes. Testosterone levels tend to be highest in women each month during ovulation. It has been shown to increase interest in masturbation but not sex with a partner. There’s a time and place for everything.
Myth #9: Condoms make sex less enjoyable. As long as you’re aroused and excited, sex with a condom is as pleasurable as it is without.
Myth #10: Guys want women with hot bodies. Women want men with money and status. A Northwestern University study found that women choose men with higher status when considering an ideal partner, but changed their tunes when evaluating an actual person.

Want a healthy life? Have sex

Want a healthy life? Have sex (© Getty Images)
From reducing migraine pain to lowering the risk of prostate cancer, this pleasurable exercise has many far-reaching health benefits.

While most of us would agree that having sex makes us happy, a new study has suggested that the pleasurable exercise could actually offer various far-reaching health benefits -- reduced migraine pain, lower risk of prostate cancer besides providing emotional well-being.Having more sex could not only make us feel good, it could provide far-reaching health benefits.

According to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, unfortunately we are having less of it -- on average we have sex fewer than five times a month, compared to six-and-half times 20 years ago. Yet studies have linked regular sexual activity to emotional well-being, reduced migraine pain and even a lower risk of prostate cancer, Daily Mail reported.

A Canadian study last month found that half-an-hour of sexual activity could burn more calories than walking on a treadmill -- the researchers claimed sexual activity could be considered significant exercise.

The study measured the sexual activity of 21 couples aged between 18 and 35. They were monitored using an armband to calculate how many calories the wearer burned, and the intensity of the activity.

In a typical session, lasting 25 minutes, the men were observed as burning 100 calories on average, the women burned 69. The intensity of the activity was measured in METs (the Metabolic Equivalent of a Task); for men, the average reading was six METs, for women it was 6.6.

It's roughly the same as playing doubles tennis, or walking uphill, for 20 minutes, 33 minutes of golf on a driving range, 40 minutes of yoga or 19 minutes of light rowing.
According to the Canadian research, it can be classed as a moderate intensity exercise if you do enough of it.

Meanwhile, it is not just the heart and lungs that get a workout. Last week, scientists at the University of Maryland in the US found middle-aged rats made more brain cells after mating.

Multivitamins – Weighing the Pros and Cons

Multivitamins – Weighing the Pros and Cons
Are multivitamins really worth your time (and money)? Read on to find out…

A quick look at the medicine section of your local supermarket will tell you how popular multivitamin and mineral supplements have become in the past few years. In an attempt to compensate for the lack of healthy food, and sometimes, blinded by the celebrity diet fads, many people have now started taking multivitamin supplements on a daily basis.

The Pros

Multivitamin supplements were actually designed for individuals with special needs, such as kids suffering from malnutrition, pregnant women, lactating mothers, elderly individuals and individuals suffering from certain health conditions. However, you could still benefit by taking these supplements.

Multivitamin supplements could replenish your body’s reserves of the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients you are lacking. They therefore also cut down the risk of anemia, scurvy and other deficiency disorders.

Rich in vitamins A, C and E, these supplements slow down ageing and cut down your risk of suffering from conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and boost your immunity.

Taking multivitamin supplements occasionally could also help you deal with some particular region or condition-oriented problems. Pregnant women can get that extra folic acid to ensure a healthy baby and you could get your dose of vitamin D if you don’t really go outdoors.

The Cons

While multivitamins themselves do a pretty good job of keeping the body healthy, fit and active; every day consumption of these supplements could actually be harmful for the body and may have negative impacts on your health too.

Probably the worst fact about multivitamin supplements is that they pack in mega doses of all vitamins and micronutrients. An overdose of anything, even vitamins, is seriously bad for health, and when taken daily, multivitamin supplements have a good way of doing more bad than good for your health.

If you have just started taking multivitamin supplements, there’s a good chance it could interfere with the drugs and medications you have already been taking. It is important to consult a professional at this stage.

Many multivitamin supplements found today are not backed by good research, and don’t contain ideal proportions of vitamins. A good percentage of multivitamin supplements found on supermarket shelves today are not FDA-approved, and are not entirely pure.

On an end-note, its best to take multivitamin supplements, but occasionally; taking advice from your doctor could help you better understand about how multivitamin supplements could help you.

7 Sex Secrets Women Wish Men to Know


World News Headlines: Hottest Kamasutra sex positions to thrillA good talk is a great aphrodisiac 
Many women find talk a great turn-on. For them, talking and feeling loved are very important. Good conversation during walks or while the couple is relaxing can be a great aphrodisiac. A man could tell his woman how much he loves her, which acts as a reassurance that he is with her mentally during those intimate moments. 

Many women are anxious about their looks
For a couple that has been together for long, sometimes it is natural that women may feel that their partner may find them less alluring. Because of this some women undress only under the cover of darkness. Caring men can sense such anxieties. There is no need to lie and say she's gorgeous if she isn't, nor is there a need to say that she is not attractive anymore. One can always appreciate and praise what you do find attractive. 

For a woman sex isn't separate from rest of her life 
On the other hand, men tend to compartmentalise, feeling that stressful aspects of life can be parked mentally and separated from sexual activity. Women need good feelings and experiences during the day to have satisfying sex. How her lover treats her out of bed, greatly influences her response in bed. Inattentiveness, harsh language, rude tones, hurtful words, and criticism can make it difficult for a woman to get involved, feel enthusiastic and be passionate during sex. 

An orgasm is not a necessity 
Many men feel that a good lover is one who can bring his woman to climactic sexual culmination. It is great to have such moments, but aren't always essential. Many women feel pressure from partners and even from themselves to reach an orgasm. Sometimes instead of having orgasms, women prefer to engage in just foreplay. 

Sex need not be a serious act 
Playfulness is a great quality. Many men are far too serious about sex. They forget to laugh, be romantically mischievous, have fun. Playfulness and light-heartedness can make intimate moments enjoyable and relaxing. This takes performance pressure off from both partners. 

Women cherish non-sexual touching and tenderness 
Women love romance, cuddling, hand-holding and kissing. But many women complain that their men never do this except during foreplay. A woman should make her man realise the joy of touching. As you give him a relaxing massage and stroke his face and hair tenderly, he starts experiencing the joy of this kind of non-sexual touching. Tell your man what makes you feel loved and wanted. 

Warm attention after sex is important 
A woman's need for tender moments goes beyond the actual lovemaking. Some women complain that men fall asleep immediately after the act. It is true that when a man is having sex, his endorphin level is very high. Almost immediately after ejaculation, he goes through a refractory phase where he loses his erection and all his systems gear down. In females this phase happens gradually. However, if you don't like him falling asleep immediately, tell him without putting him down. Alternatively, let him sleep in your arms for a few minutes and gently wake him up afterwards. 

Top 10 Tips for a Better Sex Life



If 80 is the new 50, then 50 must be the new 30. No, it's not a math lesson but what a large number of urban women seem to be thinking. The growing queues in front of designer shops and med spas that offer nips, tucks and lasers for chin hair bear testimony to the fact that as we get older we are looking better than ever before. But here's something I don't get: surely the plan is not to meekly go to the grave with a trim body. 

1. Sexuality is a state of mind. If the mind is willing, the body will perform!

2. Feeling sexy is a delicate balance of emotional and physical issues. Being fit and healthy is as important as the gracious acceptance of the ageing process.

3. Don't let the youth brigade stress you out. Sexuality is in your head and to have a good sex life you need to feel beautiful within.

4. Sex is not only about penetration. Despite the wrinkles and greying hair, you are still sexy inside. It's about feeling good, wanted and loved.

5. Get physical. Yes, Indian men are not very tactile, but learn to touch and caress; hug and kiss. Just the physical proximity will give you a sense of well-being.

6. Communication is king. Now that you are older, you should be comfortable enough to discuss your sexual preferences as well as your fantasies with your partner.

7. Older means freer-so be flexible-mentally. Experiment, be spontaneous and forget all the rigid rules of the past.

8. Be patient and savour the sex. As you get older it takes longer! So, linger, explore and rejoice.

9. Pay attention to your partner's needs. The more you give the more you will receive.

10. Accept slowing down. If it doesn't quite happen as you expect it to, it's ok. Everyone but everyone has had an encounter with lackadaisical libidos. Always remember that sex is good. Even when it's bad it's good!

World's First Sex School Opens

World's first sex school opens in Austria

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While many people may think it's an activity which should be best learned behind closed doors, an enterprising Swedish schoolmistress thinks otherwise.

Ylva-Maria Thompson has opened the world's first international sex school for teaching the art of being better lovers, the Daily Mail reported.



The Austrian International Sex School in Vienna offers 'hands on' lessons in seduction for 1,400 pounds a term. The 'headmistress' says anyone over the age of 16 can enrol at 'the world's first college of applied sexuality'.


Students of the course are expected to stay in a co-ed dormitory block where they're expected to practice their 'homework'. By the end of their course, they are awarded a qualification.

The school head said: "Our core education is not theoretical, but very practical. The emphasis is on how to be a better lover.

"Sexual positions, caressing techniques, anatomical features. And we teach people hands on."

School's spokesperson Melodi Kirsch exuded confidence that the school would be a great success.

The school, however, has already turned controversial in Austria with it raunchy advertisments showing a couple making love having already invited ban by Austrian TV.

Women are more Moral than Men


Women are more moral than men
A research has confirmed what women have for long been claiming -- they are more moral than men.

The study, based on a survey which measured responses to questions about honesty, found women to be more moral than men, with those over 30 years having the strongest values, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

The study, by a leading philosopher, also showed that females are more likely to make decisions based on how they impact on others.

In fact, Prof Roger Steare has based his conclusions on a "Moral DNA test" which he developed four years ago to measure both a person's morality and changes in their value systems when they enter the workplace.

Since then 60,000 volunteers have taken the questionnaire in more than 200 countries, ranging from chief executives to manual workers and housewives.


Those taking the test are asked to rate a series of statements about their personal and work life -- for example, whether their colleagues or family would say they were "honest" or "competent". 

They then have to evaluate assertions about themselves, such as "I always honour people's trust in me" and "I am good at exercising self-control". Those taking part then receive a report naming them as one of six personality types: Judge, Philosopher, Angel, Teacher, Enforcer or Guardian.

Professor Steare said: "Women prefer to make their decisions based on how it impacts others -- which tends to produce better decisions -- while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested.

"What this shows is that when it comes to work men have to grow up, put their ego to one side and show some humility and compassion -- qualities they all too often have in their personal lives but put to one side when they walk into office.

"What stood out from the answers was that obedience decreased with age, while reason increased -- a logical occurrence as we make the transition from youth to experience. Interestingly the crossover point occurs around our mid- thirties, which is when we mature as adults."

Have a better eyesight with better nutrition

To improve your eyesight, you need to make sure that your body receives these nutrients:


Vitamin A: in tomatoes, papaya, carrots and fortified milk.
Vitamin C: in oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli.
Vitamin E: in oils, nuts and seeds.
Zeaxanthin and Lutein: in leafy green vegetables, mangoes, kiwi, honeydew, peas, broccoli, yellow squash, corn, red grapes and oranges.


 

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Top 5 Flat-Belly Foods

Top 5 Foods for a Flat Belly
Dreaming of a flat stomach without hitting the gym? The good news is your dream may not be too far away. Whether you’re hoping to blitz away a muffin top or are battling with bloating, your diet is integral to shaping up this problem area. Start eating your way to a trimmer waistline with these top 5 foods for a flat stomach.

Flax seeds

Flax seeds (often referred to as linseeds) are nutritious seeds packed with monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) - which are actually a lot more diet-friendly than they sound. Monounsaturated fats, unlike saturated fats (the "bad" fats found in junk food), not only lower cholesterol levels but they can also help to reduce body fat. Liz Vaccariello, author of The Flat Belly Diet, advocates these healthy fats for those wanting to specifically target belly fat.

Not only will these super seeds tackle love handles, but they are great for those suffering from bloating. Flax seeds provide high levels of fibre and can help to keep the digestive system running smoothly, helping to banish bloating, constipation and other digestive problems. Try adding a tablespoon of freshly ground flax seeds to your morning cereal, lunchtime salad, or homemade smoothie to start enjoying their belly-flattening benefits.

Berries

Blackberries, blueberries, acai berries... what do these fruits have in common? They could all help you to squeeze back into your skinny jeans. Studies have suggested that those wanting to lose their belly fat should opt for fruit that is blue or red in colour (such as cherries, red grapes and many types of berries). In fact, it is the chemicals that are responsible for giving these fruits their colour (anthocyanins) that, according to recent research, also burn abdominal fat.

Yoghurt

Not only is yoghurt low in fat and calories, so good as a weight loss food, but many yoghurts also contain active cultures (probiotics) which promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and help with digestion, excess gas and bloating. Yoghurt is luckily easy to fit into any diet plan as part of a meal or a snack between meals. You could also try combining natural yoghurt, berries and flax seeds in a morning smoothie or bowl of cereal, getting you off to a great tummy-trimming start before you even leave the house.

Whole grains

Whole grains are great for weight management and shedding those excess pounds. Not only are they a low-fat source of slow-release energy but, due to their high levels of fibre, they will help to regulate the digestive system and also keep you feeling fuller for longer. Eating whole grains also helps to lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and insulin in the body, both of which encourage fat to be stored around the belly.

Many people, however, instinctively opt for wheat as their primary source of whole grains, which is often not the best choice. Not only is wheat difficult to digest - which can cause bloating in some - but it is better to eat grains in their natural form rather than as a processed flour. Good alternatives to try are brown rice, oats, buckwheat and spelt. Quinoa - although technically a seed - is also a nutritious alternative that can be used in the place of grains such as pasta and couscous.

Water

While it's not technically a food, a lack of water in your diet could be the one thing still standing in your way of a flat stomach. Bloating is something that affects many women and the problem is often worsened - or even instigated - by a lack of fluids in the system. Drinking water will help to flush toxins out of the system, curb hunger, improve the digestive system and reduce fluid retention, all of which will leave your stomach looking flatter.

If you are aiming for a flat belly, it is important to drink a minimum of eight glasses of liquids a day. Although this does not have to be water, it is best to go for liquids that are still (fizzy drinks can cause bloating) and low in calories. If you don't fancy plain water, a good alternative is green tea - which is also rumoured to have fat burning benefits - or fennel, dandelion or peppermint teas, all of which can combat bloating.

Top 7 Flat-Belly Tricks

Top 7 Flat-Belly Tricks

Most women have experienced the feeling of being bloated at some point in their lives. However, for some it can be a recurring problem, leading to frequent discomfort and embarrassment. To help beat bloating and get the flat stomach you’ve dreamed of, check out these 10 de-bloating tips.

Consult your GP
Bloating can be caused by numerous factors including water retention and poor digestion. However, if you frequently suffer from chronic bloating you should visit your GP to discuss your symptoms and try to pinpoint a cause. As bloating can be a symptom of manageable conditions such as IBS or coeliac disease, as well as a reaction to certain medications, it is important to get an expert opinion.

Keep a food diary

If you tend to get bloated following meals, it could be that you are suffering from a food intolerance. It may be worth getting tested for food intolerances; however, experts are unsure of the effectiveness of these tests. The best thing is to keep a food diary, noting everything you eat as well as any signs of bloating, to help identify a link.

Take a probiotic

A healthy gut is packed with good bacteria which help to break down food and prevent yeast overgrowth. However, due to factors such as stress and medication (particularly antibiotics) levels of good bacteria can get low. When this happens, digestion and levels of yeast in the gut are affected, both of which can lead to bloating. To rectify this, try taking a probiotic supplement. Probiotics can also be found in some yoghurts, although dairy can be a cause of bloating for some.

Stay hydrated

Ironic as it may sound, staying well hydrated is one of the best ways to reduce the water retention which can lead to bloating. Furthermore, getting enough fluids can help you to improve your digestion and avoid constipation. Try to drink regularly throughout the day, opting for uncarbonated drinks such as water, peppermint or fennel tea.

Avoid gas-inducing foods

The leading cause of bloating is excess gas, so try to limit your intake of gas-inducing foods such as cabbage, sprouts, beans and grains. Also, avoid the sweeteners sorbitol and maltitol, try not to overdo your intake of fibre, and avoid chewing gum, which can exacerbate bloating. Try to also cut down on refined sugars, fermented products such as alcohol and cheese, and foods containing yeast, as these can cause yeast in the gut to thrive, which can lead to excess gas and bloating.

Concentrate on your meals

Many of us eat our meals on the go or while chatting with family and friends; however, taking more time over your meals and not talking while you eat could help reduce post-meal bloating. Eating too quickly and talking while eating can cause you to swallow air, leading to excess gas. Also, as digestion begins in the mouth, not chewing your food enough times can affect how well it is digested. It is also beneficial to eat little and often, as large meals can overload the digestive system.

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