Q: You have mentioned that it is essential to do a gut cleanse before starting any diet. Can you share the procedure as I am planning to go on a diet to reduce tummy fat?

A: A gut cleanse might be very helpful for someone who is struggling with autoimmune conditions or having gut issues like chronic constipation, digestive issues like belching, gas and bloating.

Some people feel uncomfortable in their gut after eating every meal. This indicates that their gut could be inflamed because of eating foods that are not suiting their stomach lining at the moment.

There are many different ways of treating this. We can start off by getting a food intolerance test done and also check for IGE levels. Getting a quick blood work that tells us about our inflammatory markers specially HS:CRP can help too.

Based on this information and how inflamed/sensitive your gut is currently, you can start to eliminate certain food groups specially foods thats contain gluten like bread, wheat, couscous, oats and dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese. Eliminating foods like soy and peanuts as well could help.

After 4-6 weeks of eliminating these foods, you can gradually start adding these back into your diet and see if it really suits your gut. Throughout the cleanse it is important to keep off refined sugar. You can use natural replacements like dates, coconut sugar, figs or manuka honey or even xylitol if you really need to.

Making sure you get enough water and some basic supplements like Omega 3, efficient bovine collagen and Magnesium will also help with the gut cleanse. Adding foods like bone broth will dramatically help with cleansing and healing your gut so you can finally lose weight and not gain it back.

No diet can make you lose weight just on your stomach but if you are bloated because of the food you are consuming, that’s something you will feel better with by eliminating the foods I have mentioned.

Rashi Chowdhry is a nutritionist and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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