Weekend Plus Desk : When we talk about weight loss, gut health is a topic that cannot be avoided. A healthy gut is not only necessary for your immune system, but it also promotes good digestive health, which is paramount when trying to lose weight. Unhealthy gut health can lead to several health-related issues like constipation, fatigue, food intolerance and worst of all weight gain. So, when you are on a mission to shed kilos, first of all, you need to balance your gut microbes. Many people feel that eating fermented food and probiotics is the best way to improve gut health, but some yoga poses can also help to keep your gut healthy. Revolved crescent lunge This twisting pose aids digestion and gut health. Applying pressure on the abdomen area improves digestion and massages your internal organs. Revolved crescent lunge also helps to relieve constipation, bloating and other digestive issues. How to do it: Step 1 - Stand straight on the ground with your feet hip-width apart. Step 2 - Move your right leg 1 feet forward and lower your body so that your front leg makes a 90-degree angle. Straighten your left leg by lifting your knee cap and heel towards the ceiling. Step 3 - Now bring your hands into the prayer position at the center of your heart and twist your torso towards your right side. Step 4 - Hook your left elbow to the right knees and extend your right elbow to the sky. Step 5 - Stare towards the ceiling and make sure your spine is elongated. Hold this position for a while and breathe in and out. Bow pose This pose applies gentle pressure to the belly, which stimulates the digestive system. Doing this exercise also increases your blood flow and help relieve constipation and other complications related to gut health. How to do it: Step 1 - Lie down comfortably on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and arms by your side. Step 2 - Gently fold your knees and hold the ankles of both the legs with your hands. Step 4: -Take a deep breath and lift your chest and legs off the ground. Step 5 - Pull your legs are much as you can and keep your face straight. Step 6 - Hold the pose for a while and concentrate on your breathing. Your body should be as tight as a bow. Butterfly pose This forward bending pose helps to improve digestive health, relieves gas and problems of cramping. It helps in easy bowel movement and also increases flexibility. How to do it: Step 1 - Sit down comfortably on the ground with your back straight and your knees bent. Move your bent knees to the outer side so the soles of both your legs meet at the center. Step 2 - Hold the ankles of both the feet with your hands. Step 3 - Engaging your abs slowly bend your body forward, towards your feet as far as you can. Hold the position for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
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