10 Foods That Heal The Gut And Help Digestion
Indigestion is a common problem that many people around the world suffer with. Although a poor diet is not the only cause of it (indigestion can also be caused, for example, by anxiety), it’s certainly a primary cause.
And it’s one that can easily be rectified.
On the surface of it, the digestion process looks really straightforward. You chew your food, swallow and assume that’s that. You’ll never hear from it ever again!
(Well, until your bowl starts to move anyway)
The truth, though, is that digestion is a bit more complicated than that. And if you don’t do certain things right, you’re gonna run into problems. For example, something as simple as not chewing your food properly can land you in big trouble, while lacking enzymes also sets the alarm bells ringing.
In this article, however, we’re gonna focus on the foods you’re eating. You are what you eat, and by improving your diet, you will improve your digestion process. Here are 10 foods that will heal your gut and help with digestion:
If you’ve heard of bone broth, you’ve probably already heard all about it’s remarkable health benefits.
If you’ve never heard of bone broth, you might be thinking “what in the heck?”
Bone broth is rich in calcium, as well as a host of other vital minerals that can restore the health of your gut. It’s also very easy to digest (which is crucial), and comes with immune-boosting agents that help to heal your gut.
If you really want to show your digestive system some love, you’ll eat more ginger.
Ginger is well-known for its positive effects on the gut, and can relieve the many symptoms associated with indigestion, including nausea, bloating and gas.
There are many ways you can consume more ginger. You can thinly slice it and add it to your dishes, or you could sprinkle some in your tea.
You could even smear it on a piece of toast with some honey. Mmm!
I take a container of chia seeds to work with me all the time, not only because they help with digestion, but also because they offer a whole range of health benefits.
They’re also the perfect alternative to unhealthy snacks, such as candy bars.
Native to Mexico, chia sees are stuffed with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients. Although they don’t really have any taste, they are so rich in fibre that they can reduce inflammation in your intestinal lining, and therefore restore you to full health and vigour down there.
If you’re not happy with the taste, why not mix chia seeds into a smoothie?
Toothpaste is made of peppermint, so as long as you scrub your molars a few times a day, you’re getting a bit of peppermint.
However, it isn’t enough.
Peppermint is fast becoming known as a super food, and it’s not surprising. Thanks to its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, it can cure a number of ailments – including indigestion.
If you want to accelerate your gut’s healing process, I heartily recommend that you consume more peppermint. You can add some leaves to your meals, or you could drink peppermint tea 2-3 times a day.
Coconuts are amazing. The amount of health benefits they offer is are astounding, but for you right now their powers to heal you gut are essential.
I recommend that you always cook with coconut oil from now on. Not only does it have nutty, sweet taste that enlivens your dishes, it’s also healthier than butter or olive oil – and works wonders for your gut.
This is thanks to its fatty acids and anti-microbial agents that boost digestion. The also give you a jolt of energy, and enhance your metabolism.
Sweet potatoes are the sweetest of the potato family, and contain a wide number of essential nutrients and vitamins. They are used to treat duodenal and peptic ulcers, and improve the overall health of your digestive system.
They’re also super easy to digest.
Some of you may know zucchini and courgette. Either way, it’s ample time that you got this delightful green on your plate more often.
Zucchini packs a powerful punch, and is filling, hydrating and all-round replenishing. It helps to flush out the nasty toxins that are swimming around your body, and it promotes healthier digestion.
This is largely because zucchini is high in fibre, and as such as a cleansing effect on your intestines. It’s actually a bit of a mild laxative, and can clean your intestinal walls, as well as sweep away carcinogenic toxins before they get too comfortable on your colon!
Typically, you will either roast or pan fry zucchini, and it can be added to a variety of tasty meals. You can also eat it raw. Get on it!
Avocados are stuffed with fibre and good fats, which means they leave you feeling full for longer. They’re easy to digest, which is one of the reasons mom’s are recommended to feed them to their toddlers.
Avocados turn beta-carotene into vitamin A, and this in turn gives your GI tract a huge health boost.
As an added bonus, the fruit is also good for weight loss.
Ghee is nothing more than clarified butter, which means that most of the sugar, lactose and fats have been removed. Yay!
And unlike regular butter, clarified butter can be kept at room temperature without going rancid or losing its flavour.
Fats and oils are typically known for making us feel bloated and sluggish. They slow down our ability to digest our food, and they leave us feel heavy and URGH.
Ghee, conversely, fires our digestive tract into action.
If you haven’t heard of it before, and aren’t too sure where you’d find it, check in at a local organic health food store. They will have it.
Kick-starting your deal with a bowl of oatmeal is a good idea if you need to improve the health of your gut. Rich in fibre, oatmeal helps to cleanse your intestines and gets your bowels moving.
Perfect you if you want a better day at work!
What are your favorite foods that help digestion?
Stay happy and healthy!