5 Foods You Didn’t Think Would Give You Gas (But Actually Do)

Even though you may think your day is going well, you can easily make it worse by eating the wrong foods that interfere with the good bacteria in your gut, which can cause indigestion and force you to make a run for the bathroom.

Here are a few foods you might want to skip out on if you want your belly and your life to run as smoothly as possible:

1. Broccoli
Complex sugars called raffinose are usually found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and vinegar, which only break down when they enter the small intestine and can cause bloating and gas.

However, there’s no reason why you should give up on broccoli. If you want to munch on them for dinner, try not to overcook them to preserve their health benefits.

2. Artificial sweeteners
Even though sweeteners are sugar-free, that doesn’t mean they come with their own downsides. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin can alter your gut bacteria, resulting in more weight gain.

Sugar-free foods such as candies and gum can also make you feel bloated, or act as a laxative when you eat too much, as well as trick your stomach into producing more acids than it needs to.

If you want to sate your sweet tooth, there are still plenty of alternatives to sugar and artificial sweeteners, such as honey or coconut sugar.

3. Corn
Corn isn’t the easiest food that your system can process. If you don’t chew corn well enough, there’s a good chance that it will simply pass through undigested and cause an upset stomach when you’re not careful.

However, you can simply get around this by thoroughly chewing corn whether it’s canned or on the cob.

4. Fried foods
Fast food may not exactly be the definition of a healthy meal, but you’ll be surprised how quickly fried foods can go through your system undigested and make you feel more bloated.

Additionally, fried foods can either stay too long or too short in your system, and neither are good options for you.

The good news is there are plenty of alternatives for fast food in Singapore, and since you can easily get healthier foods for cheap, you have even more reasons to switch to a more tummy-friendly diet.

5. Citrus fruits
It might be tempting to add citrus fruits to your diet when you want to live a healthier lifestyle, but acidic fruits might only upset your stomach and further imitate the lining, which can lead to acid reflux and burping.
If you experience these symptoms, you might want to cut out the citrus fruits and opt for fruits such as bananas, which are great at easing heartburn.

5 High-Carb Foods that Can Help You Lose Weight

You might be too quick to blame carbohydrates for weight gain thanks to various fad diets, but when you lack your body’s primary source of energy, cutting them won’t necessarily help you shrink your waistline.

The good news is that you don’t need to cut all your carbohydrates to slim down – in fact, here are a few that can help you on your path to the figure you wanted:

1. Sweet potato
Curb your sweet tooth and carb cravings with sweet potato! Not only do they have a really small amount of fat, but you can also cook them in different ways, such as frying, roasting, or air-frying.

Sweet potatoes also contain adiponectin, which helps your body regulate your blood sugar, and only has very little carbs and sodium compared to white potatoes.

2. Whole grain bread/pasta
You can still be serious about losing weight without ditching bread, but instead of plain white bread, you can make the switch to whole grain bread because of its higher fiber content.

Whole grain pasta is also another option that lets you get your increased daily fiber intake easily, and you can even top it with olive oil and vegetables.

3. Oatmeal
Oatmeal may be a great snack for a rainy afternoon, but there’s a little more to it than that. Not only does oatmeal help you lower your overall blood pressure, but it also lowers your risk of heart disease and colon cancer.
When you do buy oatmeal, be sure to steer clear of the instant brands that have added sugar. Add almond butter or coconut sugar instead for flavor.

4. Brown/black rice
There are many alternatives to white rice to stock up on, and will arguably be the most essential grain in your diet.

For instance, brown rice may be a little higher in calories, but it also comes with the extra protein and fiber, as well as selenium. Black rice is just as good with its high levels of anthocyanin, which is a great antioxidant that lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

5. Black beans
Legumes might be used mostly in vegetable dishes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add black beans in your diet by themselves.

Not only are black beans rich in soluble fiber and help you maintain healthy bones, but many studies have also shown that they can help you cut down your weight and lower your risk of heart disease as well as improve your digestion.

The best part about getting these high-carb foods is not only the fact that they are cheap and budget-friendly, but they are also versatile food ingredients you should definitely have in your kitchen.

Advantages of Being More Confident

Being confident with ourselves and our abilities will take us a long way in life. It is essential in school, at work, and in our daily lives in general. But of course, we have to understand that there is a difference between being confident and being arrogant. Put it this way, confidence is about knowing yourself while arrogance is knowing yourself and rubbing it in peoples’ faces. Anyway, being more confident can open up many opportunities for an individual.

1. You’ll have “grace under pressure”
When you are confident, you will be able to perform your best even when facing a lot of pressure. You will perform to your full potential while optimistically engaging the challenges that come your way. Being confident under pressure is also a great attribute to have for your work life. Not only will you become more productive, you might also see more success at work.

2. You get less stressed
Being confident allows you to be free from anxiety and self-doubt. A lot of stress comes from worrying about doing things right or wrong. But if you are confident with yourself, you’ll be less likely to fall into this trap of anxiety and you will be able to get rid of burdens that may come because of stress easily. Consequently, confidence allows for less stress and overall peace of mind.

3. You will exhibit the qualities of a leader
Lee Kuan Yew can probably be a prime example of leadership through confidence in the self. Being confident, even in its simplest, is essential in leadership and influence. If you are confident, you will display an aura of control over any situation and usually others will offer their trust and gravitate towards you knowing that you have the ability to do this.

4. You become more attractive
You might have read this a million times on the internet. The simple explanation, really, is that it’s true. Showing your confidence makes you more attractive because you are letting another person know how you feel about yourself. You are able to present how happy you are without any worry of others’ opinions and this shows the other person how you generally live your life. Plus, when you are confident you are easily able to communicate your thoughts and feelings to a person.

5. You become happier
The bottom line is, you become happier with yourself and with your life as a whole. This is because you are satisfied with your life and you don’t take many problems as much of a big deal. You are always in a position for happiness because you have great responsibility, you can control your emotions, and you can manage stress effectively. This is somehow both a cause and effect of confidence though, if you think about. It’s simply because confidence stems from your positivity, all the while you are able to remain positive because you are confident.

The Benefits of Yoga

You may find that there are many yoga studios all around Singapore. Now you’ve heard that yoga can help relieve stress and whatnot, but you’re hesitant to try it out. But really, there’s nothing to fear about yoga. It doesn’t just involve relaxation, it even has benefits for the heart. If you need more convincing, here are some benefits of yoga:

Flexibility
One famous and more obvious benefit of yoga is improved flexibility. This is simply because possibly all yoga positions involve stretching. It includes stretching not only muscles but also the joints. If you’re just starting out, don’t worry if you can’t do the stretches fully, that’s typically normal. As you continue doing them though, you’ll notice that your whole body has become more flexible.

Stress relief
Another well-known benefit of yoga is that it encourages relaxation and eases stress and anxiety. This is because yoga can significantly reduce the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. A lot of its stress-relief benefits also come from the mindful awareness of our bodies that come with it. The breathing exercises and overall meditative nature is what ultimately calms you down, both in the mind and the body.

Helps protect the heart
The exercises done in yoga improves the circulation of blood around the body which means that your blood flow also becomes better. Some yoga poses have been said to help flush out excess waste in the blood while allowing oxygenated blood to flow better. This basically means that your heart is able to pump out and supply blood to our muscle tissues and organs more effectively. Consequently, it helps maintain blood pressure, as high blood pressure is a known contributor to heart disease.

Can help with chronic pain
Feeling a bit of soreness around your neck, arms, or shoulders? Suffering from chronic back pain? Then, try a bit of yoga. Yoga exercises can help release the tension in your muscles and reduce any chronic pain. It has been found that those with carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis of the knees have experienced improved performance and reduced pain in the parts affected.

Promote better sleep
Yoga is also a way to get a deeper and better-quality sleep. This, again, has a lot to do with the relaxing and meditative nature of yoga. It has been said that yoga also enhances the release of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. When you do yoga, you’ll find that you may be able to sleep faster, sleep longer, and feel more refreshed when you wake up.

Improves focus
As we all know, lack of focus can negatively affect productivity. Fortunately, improving concentration is another advantage of yoga. Yoga, just like meditation, enriches our mindful awareness. With that, the brain’s ability to acquire, process, and recall information becomes better. This also helps because it gets rid of the distracting thoughts that swim around our head.

How to Take Care of Your Refrigerator in 5 Easy Steps

Since your refrigerator runs 24/7 to keep your food fresh and cool for a long time, it’s likely that it will be the first appliance to start showing signs of being worn down with use. But with proper care and maintenance, you can make your appliance last for as long as possible.

Here’s how you can take care of your fridge in five easy steps:

1. Clean the interior regularly
Seeing the dirty interior of a refrigerator can be off-putting and unsanitary, as well as pose all kinds of potential health problems. You can avoid this by wiping them down once a week using a cloth made damp with warm water.

All-purpose cleaners are also commercially available, and can do the job without taking as much effort.
You should also eliminate any odors using a freshener that’s specifically designed for fridge interiors, which can usually last you up to six months.

2. Replace the rubber gasket as needed
The gasket outlines your freezer and fridge doors, and is easily one of the most overlooked parts of the whole unit. However, it’s also one of the most important, so when it starts to weaken or loosen after a while, be sure to clean and replace it with a new one as soon as possible.

This is because without the rubber gasket, your fridge won’t be able to do its job normally since the former is responsible for sealing out the hot air.

3. De-frost regularly
Regular cleaning also includes regular de-frosting to get rid of the ice that has accumulated on the inside of your freezer. When doing this, clear out your fridge and wait for the ice to melt – to not
However, if your fridge de-frosts on its own, you don’t have to do anything except clean the pan where the water drains into, as this can easily accumulate odors and bacterial growth. Be sure to clean it with warm water and a small amount of detergent when doing so.

4. Check your condenser coils
Your refrigerator unit can’t run efficiently if your condenser coils are covered with dust, so when you do clean out this part of your fridge, be sure to unplug the machine and reveal the coils in the back before vacuuming using a brush attachment.

5. Clean/replace the water filter regularly
If your unit has a dedicated ice-maker or a water dispenser as an additional feature, it must also have a water filter that needs to be changed regularly.

Be sure to check your owner’s manual on how when you should do this, as well as how often. However, a good rule of thumb is that you should change it at least once a month, and don’t wait around until the water starts to taste bad.

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