7 Best Slimming Foods to Lose Your Holiday Gut


Indulging during the holidays comes with the territory. If you find that eating and drinking too much has left its mark on your midsection, you’re not alone. While there is no magic bullet for losing belly fat, including certain nutritious, delicious, and, most importantly, slimming foods can help.

Once the holiday season is behind you, your thoughts might turn to banishing that holiday gut you acquired from weeks of overdoing it on seasonal goodies. While it’s OK to cut back on food, resist the urge to adopt a drastic diet that slashes calories, restricts certain foods or food groups, or all of the above. Eating skimpy, unsatisfying meals, and even skipping snacks will backfire, leaving you feeling defeated about getting back in shape.

Instead, include these seven slimming foods in a balanced eating plan to minimize hunger while blasting belly fat. And while you’re at it, try out these 21

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Researchers link specific gut bacteria to irritable bowel syndrome


Nov. 25 (UPI) — Researchers have discovered a connection between Brachyspira, a specific intestinal bacterium, and the incidence of irritable bowel syndrome, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Gut.

The discovery could lead to new medication and remedy for the illness, which affects the large intestine with cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation, said researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg.

The syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States, the majority of them female, and between 5% and 10% of the world population, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders.

The researchers used biopsies of intestines to determine a link between the Brachispira bacteria, which typically hide in mucus layers and are not generally noticed in sampling, a Wednesday press release said.

“Unlike most other gut bacteria, Brachyspira is in direct contact with the cells [of the intestines] and

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Gut immune cells may play key role in MS


Gut immune cells appear to help dampen multiple sclerosis flare-ups, researchers say.

Such flare-ups — which can cause vision loss, memory problems, pain and other symptoms — often subside on their own after days or weeks, but it’s not clear what triggers multiple sclerosis patients to go from remission to flare-up and back again.

An international team of researchers recently found that in animal models of MS, gut immune cells leave the digestive system and travel to the brain and seem to reduce inflammation there.

“It was a very new idea,” team member Sergio Baranzini, professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. “Nobody thought to look for this type of immune cell.”

In the new study, Baranzini and his colleagues analyzed cerebrospinal fluid from MS patients for an antibody called IgA, which is expressed by gut immune cells.

The investigators discovered

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