foods for gut health, better digestion

Top 10 Foods for Superb Digestion

1. Ginger

Ginger is revered for it’s anti-inflammatory properties that help to pacify an upset stomach and calm the irritated lining of the digestive tract… consider it natures Gravol.

2. Oats

Regular consumption of oats reduces the chances of constipation and alleviates symptoms of hyperacidity and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

3. Beetroot

A compound in beetroot called betaine helps to promote digestion, this portion of the beet is also high in water and fiber.

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar

If you drink apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal, then the starches you don’t digest will feed the good bacteria in your gut. (Michael Dansinger, MD, director of Tufts University’s diabetes lifestyle coaching program)

5. Fish Oil

Taking a fish oil supplement is proven to reduce inflammation and help heal GI tract lining, improve nutrient absorption, balance hormones, improve neurological function and boost immunity.

6. Flax Seed

Flax seeds contain high levels of soluble and insoluble fiber which helps to keep our intestines clean. The oils in flax seeds contribute to good digestion by lubricating our system.

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>7. Beans

Beans are packed with oligosaccharides that feed good gut bacteria (which is one reason they’re problematic for some). Though the gurgling is a good sign, it can be a little potent for new bean eaters. Soak your beans overnight and cook them extremely well (almost overdone if you need to), or add them slowly into your diet a day so your body can adapt.

8. Apples

Apples are fantastic foods for your heat and brain due to their antioxidant content, but their natural pectin fiber is the reason they’re so great for your gut. Pectin feeds good bacteria and apples are also a good source of inulin and natural FOS (a beneficial type of sugar that feeds the gut).

9. Bran

Whether it be oat, wheat, rice or another type of bran, pure bran is full of insoluble fiber that feeds good gut bacteria. It helps regularity and also reduces cholesterol. Be sure to choose organic bran when possible to avoid genetically modified grains or go with a company that’s certified non-GMO. 

10. Bananas

Bananas both soothe the gut membrane and also contain natural fibers that promote good bacteria growth. This is one reason they may cause some mild rumbling. For easier digestion, be sure that you choose riper bananas instead of yellowish greenish bananas.

Sources:

OneGreenPlanet

StyleCraze

Healthdigezt

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