Dietitian reveals improving gut health can help you lose weight

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A dietitian has revealed what could be stopping you from getting a better night sleep, hitting your weight loss goals and keeping the dreaded bloat at bay.

Australian dietitian Leanne Ward, has said gut health can be the key to mastering our core health pillars, but the topic is often misunderstood which leads to common mistakes.

Gut health is essentially when you have a balance of good and bad bacteria and yeast in your digestive system, Ms Ward – who also known as The Fitness Dietitian – explained.

However many people believe in order to maintain good gut health they need to cut out a lot of things – such as dairy, coffee and gluten – leading to a string of misconceptions.

These include believing a blood test can diagnose intolerances, that a low FODMAP diet is a long-term solution and avoiding certain foods under the guise that they will immediately trigger symptoms.

Signs of poor gut health can include regular episodes of pain, bloating, gas, altered bowel patterns, poor immunity meaning you’re regularly sick, tiredness and sleep disturbances, altered emotional states or an auto-immune condition.

At least 50 per cent of Australian adults experience unpleasant gut symptoms such as bloating, gas and constipation, and one in seven experience distressing symptoms, according to the CSIRO Gut Health & Weight Loss Report 2019.

But how can poor gut health impact your fitness goals?

Well gut health plays an essential role in our health and well being – and potentially weight loss as good gut health sees prebiotic fibres such as oats producing short chain fatty acids, which in turn helps regulate our metabolic functions. This relies on good gut

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Lukashenko Health Problems Could Prompt ‘Chaos’ in Belarus: Opposition

Rumors of a health scare for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko have prompted the democratic opposition-in-exile to start work on new plans for a potentially rapid and chaotic change of power, the movement’s leader has told Newsweek.

On the sidelines of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit in the Danish capital on Monday, Belarusian pro-democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told Newsweek that Lukashenko’s condition is not thought to be “life-threatening.”

However, she said that the uncertainty around Lukashenko’s health raises the prospect of political “chaos” in Belarus that both his allies in Russia and his enemies abroad will be looking to exploit.

There has been much speculation as to the health of Lukashenko, 68, since his appearance at the Moscow Victory Day celebrations on May 9, where observers noted a bandage on the leader’s right arm. Lukashenko was absent from portions of the ceremony and was the only leader of the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States that did not lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2023. Lukashenko’s bandaged hand sparked rumors about his health.

Until Monday, Lukashenko had not been seen in public for nearly a week, and on Sunday missed an annual ceremony at which young people swear allegiance to the Belarusian flag. Belarusian opposition media has reported that Lukashenko visited a Minsk clinic this weekend, where he stayed for two hours.

“It showed us that there is a necessity to work out a very fast reaction just in case this happens,” Tsikhanouskaya told Newsweek of the prospect of Lukashenko’s loss of power, whether through death, incapacity, coup, or voluntary handover of

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I’m studying medicine after I suffered a botched surgery

Iatrogenic. The word rang out across the lecture theatre and I quickly wrote it down. I was a few weeks into my medical degree. I was amazed I’d never heard that word before, as it describes a condition or disease that has resulted from medical treatment and/or the actions of healthcare professionals. It was this very phenomenon that prompted me to apply to medical school in the first place.

In 2017, I underwent a spinal operation for a herniated disc. During the procedure, the surgeon accidentally operated on the wrong part of my back. After some months of excruciating pain and panicked insecurity, the problem was uncovered. But it didn’t end there.

Corrective surgery, post-surgical complications, more pain and stress saw me finally give up on my plan to move back to my beloved Berlin, where I had spent the preceding years enjoying a life of underemployed debauchery.

Instead, I moved in with my father in Alice Springs to recover.

I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that medicine had upset my health again, just in a different way than I was used to

I spent the next few years getting back on my feet, reflecting and reinventing myself. I started studying again, then applied for medical school. Ultimately, there were many reasons for my career pivot. Chief among them was a hope that, in helping others heal, I might be able to make up for what had happened to me in some way.

As luck would have it, I began classes and the world promptly ended.

It was 2020 and, as COVID swept across the globe, we junior medical students were sent home to study. That was when I truly discovered the perils of a sedentary lifestyle for people whose spinal columns have been remodelled to resemble a precarious,

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Belarus Opposition Told to ‘Be Ready’ for Democracy Push as Rumours of Leader’s Ill Health Swirl

LONDON (Reuters) -Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told her supporters on Monday to be ready to grab any chance to turn her country into a democracy as speculation about the health of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko swirled.

Shortly after her message to supporters via Twitter, a Belarusian state news channel released a photo of Lukashenko, 68, at what it said was a military command centre in what would be his first public appearance in almost a week.

State TV later broadcast a clip of Lukashenko at what it said was a central air force command base. It showed him sitting in a chair talking to officers. Dressed in a military uniform, Lukashenko appeared to have a bandage on his left hand and to be short of breath at times.

Lukashenko, who once told Reuters he was “the last and only dictator in Europe”, has ruled Belarus with an iron first since 1994, using his security forces to intimidate, beat and jail his opponents or force them to flee abroad.

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A staunch ally of Russia, Lukashenko before Monday had not been pictured in public since May 9 when he reviewed Russia’s annual military parade on Moscow’s Red Square as a guest of President Vladimir Putin.

Looking tired and a little unsteady, Lukashenko was seen with a bandage on his right hand at the time. He skipped a lunch hosted by Putin. He also swerved his traditional post-parade stroll and was driven a short distance to an event instead.

Speculation about his health intensified on Sunday when Lukashenko missed a ceremony in Minsk amid unconfirmed media reports that he had been hospitalised. His place was taken by Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko. Lukashenko’s office has declined to comment on his absence.

A truculent but long-standing ally of

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Does your diet affect your fertility?

The authors of a 2021 review of research on the possible link between diet and female fertility concluded that, while their recommendations focused on women, “diet and nutritional patterns are undoubtedly significant for both male and female fertility”.

The researchers gave a detailed overview of the effects of individual nutrients and the foods that contain them. They also emphasised the importance of involving a clinical dietician in the care of couples planning a pregnancy. Broadly speaking, their summary recommended foods such as vegetables, fruit, whole-grain pasta and whole-grain bread (for carbohydrates); sources of healthy fat such as oily fish; and legumes, eggs and lean meat for protein. They also pointed out the important role of certain nutrients that may sometimes be overlooked: these include iodine, which helps the proper development of the fetus and the expectant mother’s thyroid function.

For alcohol, the advice is clear and consistent across the research. The CDC states: “there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant.” This goes for all types of alcohol, including all wines and beer. The advice is to avoid it altogether.

If you have any concerns or questions about your diet and how it might affect your fertility, the best step is to consult your healthcare provider. And while certain foods do appear to play a positive role in fertility, it’s important not to overstate their power. Infertility is complex, as are its cause. Worrying over one’s diet can cause unnecessary stress as well as feelings of guilt and shame. Those struggling to conceive can rest assured that the problem is unlikely to be rooted in one specific thing they did or did not eat.

Wilkinson says that people with fertility issues are often searching for a single fertility-promoting food

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Belarus State Media Release a Photo of Lukashenko Amid Ill Health Rumors

Amid swirling rumors about the health of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, state news media on Monday released photographs of him, an apparent attempt to tamp down speculation that he was seriously ill.

Mr. Lukashenko, a key Kremlin ally who usually receives fawning daily coverage from state-controlled news media featuring photos and videos, had not been shown since last Tuesday, when he attended events in Moscow and the Belarusian capital, Minsk, celebrating the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in 1945.

He skipped an annual ceremony on Sunday in Minsk for Belarus’s flag day, an event at which he usually speaks, leaving his prime minister to read a statement.

Europe’s longest serving leader and an avid sportsman, Mr. Lukashenko, 68, has since 1994 ruled Belarus, a former Soviet republic that depends on Moscow for financial aid and security assistance, with a firm grip. In the past he has relished showing off his robust good health in public by rollerblading, playing ice hockey, and giving long speeches outdoors, regardless of the weather.

But the official Belarusian news agency, Belta, and state television had for the past week recycled old photographs and film clips of him.

Ukrainian officials and media fed a swirl of gleeful rumors around the health of Mr. Lukashenko, who is widely reviled in Ukraine for allowing Russia to use Belarus, which borders both nations, as a staging ground for its full-scale invasion in February 2022.

An opposition news outlet, Euroradio, reported that Mr. Lukashenko had been taken by motorcade to a Minsk clinic on Saturday, but the country has not officially commented on his health.

In what could be the most conclusive sign that he was ill, though perhaps not gravely, Russia’s tightly controlled news media — which rarely comment on leaders’ health — have in recent

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‘I tried the at-home vaginal microbiome test’

It’s not the first time I’ve inserted a tampon, but it’s the first time I’ve popped one in in between periods, pulled it out 20 minutes later and posted it off to a lab.

So what is the vaginal microbiome screening kit?

But while it looks, feels and acts like a tampon, it isn’t. I’m trialling the new at-home screening kit for the vaginal microbiome from Daye (of CBD tampon fame), to help me better understand my gynaecological health. For £89.95, the test claims to detect the presence of vaginal infections, evaluate your risk of contracting STIs and UTIs and identify if you’ll have issues conceiving or undergoing IVF.

Like most women, my vaginal education thus far has been limited to cervical smears and the odd STI test. But with the vaginal microbiome a key predictor of gynaecological health complications, becoming acquainted with your own can be useful.

So says Valentina Milanova, who, in addition to founding Daye, has a background in biomaterial engineering and nanomedicine – a branch of medicine focusing on using materials and devices for the prevention and treatment of disease.

And what’s the tech?

‘Studies from the 1980s showed that tampons were both more comfortable and more effective at collecting comprehensive samples from the vaginal canal than a standard swab, which covers a much smaller surface area,’ she explains. ‘But, for various reasons, it’s only been brought to patients now.’

And in a rare bit of positive PR for the pandemic, the at-home element has been enabled by PCR technology capacity being expanded in labs.

How does the screening work?

After completing a detailed questionnaire, offering up details such as the heaviness of my bleeds and my vagina’s scent, I insert the tampon, then post it in specially sealed, iced packaging. Days later, I get

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