Knowledge is power.
As a person who struggles with digestive issues on the daily, I have found the best way to gain control is to know a core list of healthy foods that will aid in relieving nausea, bloating, gas, and cramping.
Ginger easily comes in at #1. According to the university of Maryland Medical Centre, ginger has been used to enhance digestion and treat stomach upset & nausea for over 2000 years ! The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in ginger can help curb digestive spasms, gas, indigestion, and bloating.
Within our digestive tract we naturally have bacteria that aid in digestion. Yogurt contains some healthy bacteria. Keep in mind, not all yogurt is a “healthy” choice. Check for “live and active cultures” and try and stay away from the sugary choices. The bacteria found in yogurt replenishes the normal flora within the gastrointestinal tract to keep it healthy. If you have an allergy or a sensitivity to dairy/lactose a better choice would be Probiotics. Take one daily to keep your flora in check. Of course always consult with your doctor or physician to see what is best for you.
Commonly known for it’s soothing traits, peppermint can help to ease indigestion as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint works as an antispasmodic which means it works to smooth and relax the bowels.My favourite way to consume peppermint is in tea , or throwing some peppermint leaves in a fresh salad.
Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory qualities. Did you know that a sweet potato contains more fibre than a common potato! Sweet potatoes also contain magnesium making them a great agent in digestion. They are easy to digest , easy on stomach and intestines making them a great addition to any meal.
Kombucha has been gaining lots of popularity due to all of it’s amazing benefits! Kombucha is a probiotic beverage that is naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. Don’t let the scoby scare you away ! When you drink kombucha you are getting a healthy dose of probiotics, fights off harmful yeast overgrowth, aids in weight loss , and has even been known to stabilize moods.
I see blueberries as the “jack of all trades”. Blueberries support your digestive health by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria within the colon. Blueberries also help boost your brain, fight cancer, aid in heart health and weight loss. Toss them in a salad or a smoothie !
Not only has this spice has been used in many different cuisines for its delicious flavour, it has also been used for medicinal purposes. Curcumin is an ingredient found in turmeric which is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, which makes it helpful when treating systems of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Turmeric also helps to produce bile by stimulating the gallbladder. The bile that is released helps to break down food , aid in digestion, and relive gas and bloating.
Cinnamon has soothing qualities that helps calm the stomach. If you have ever drank tea with cinnamon or eaten food that has been spiced with cinnamon you will notice that warm feeling in your stomach. That is cinnamon doing it’s job by warming up and stimulating your digestive system. By stimulating the digestive system it helps to break down fats that may cause bloating and discomfort. I personally enjoy having some tea with cinnamon before bed to help relax and have a good night sleep.
Yes, I understand that water isn’t “food”. But it is so important ! Making sure you are hydrated is key for a healthy digestive system as well as over all health. Water nurtures and hydrates every organ in our body to make sure they are all functioning properly. Proper consumption of water keeps your skin healthy, aids in weight loss, gives you more energy , and keeps your brain functioning properly… and well, we need it to live.
The water and fibre content found in grapefruit helps to prevent constipation. Grapefruit is also beneficial to your blood pressure, heart health, aids in cancer prevention, and weight loss.