As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Unfortunately, people eat too much sugar and processed foods, but lack fruits and vegetables in their diet.
We are slowly turning into a constipated and bloated nation. People spend thousands and thousands of dollars on enzymes, fibers, antacids and laxatives when in fact, a healthy diet helps tremendously to keep your stomach soothed, lean and healthy.
There are a lot of foods that can help you tackle those digestive problems. Most importantly, it is essential that you consume organic, non-GMO foods. The pesticides and herbicide residue wreaks havoc on our whole intestinal system. Eating mindfully is a good start in keeping out guts healthy. As with most things, it is one piece of the puzzle.
Read on to find out what type of foods you should eat to keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
Fiber is important for our overall digestive health. A fiber-rich diet aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
For a healthy gut, fill your fridge with fruits and green, leafy vegetables. There is simply no substitute for consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Pears, figs, beans, broccoli, apples, carrots, cauliflower and spinach are great sources of fiber.
Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, barley, oats and sprouted whole wheat bread support healthy digestion due to its high fiber content. Grains should be a small part of one’s diet, concentrating on live, fruits and vegetables.
Water, on its own, is essential to the metabolic process. Drinking too little water slows down and constipates your digestive system. It is recommended that you drink ½ your weight in ounces every day. Drink most of your water away from meals. Drinking some water with your meal is OK, but limit it to 4-8 ounces. Drinking too much water with your meal dilutes the necessary enzymes and acid for good digestion. Also, drink filtered water that has had the chlorine and fluoride removed, which are two very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
Avoid consumption of caffeinated drinks such as coffee, soda and tea. Coffee and tea are diuretics, which rob your body of water. Soda is highly acidic due to the high sugar content. Absolutely avoid any and all artificial sweeteners. They have been shown to cause brain and liver damage. Plus, they make you fat!
Good fats in your diet support good digestion as well as balance cholesterol and feed the brain. These include; avocado, coconut, cold pressed olive, sesame, flax and pumpkin seeds; cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, halibut, sole, cod and tuna. Avoid vegetable oils.
Believe it or not, trillions of beneficial bacteria are present in your gut. Eat foods that contain probiotics like coconut kefir, water kefir, kumbucha, fermented seaweeds and veggies to improve the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria. Eat yogurt occasionally. Although there are some live bacteria cultures present, the dairy does not contribute to a healthy gut.
Good bacteria help reduce digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea and indigestion. They also help support our immune system which is seated in our digestive tract.
Also, chew, chew, chew your food. Then chew it some more before you swallow! Your tummy will thank you!