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Digestion is that part of the eating process where once food is consumed, it resides inside of us, slowly dissolving, breaking itself apart so we can absorb all of the energy its components are ultimately made of and incorporate it to our precious bodies as fuel.
In and out of itself digestion is actually a very delicate process. It takes our bodies a considerable amount of energy to break down the food we ingest, that’s why you feel slow and heavy for a while after eating.
Poor digestion can be particularly punishing for those who suffer from it if they ingest the wrong foods, and that why they better be eating the right ones. Not only necessary for those with stomach issues, but anyone who needs to continue on the move after eating can benefit from consuming the best food to aid digestion. Feel energized and keep your body running smoothly with these foods.
Lemon is high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that suppresses inflammation and is antimicrobial to support a healthy bacterial balance in your microbiome. Lemons are naturally detoxifying and help stimulate bile production which helps you digest your food. To get the most benefits from lemon, I’d recommend putting 1/4 lemon into a mug of warm water and drinking it as soon as you wake up in the morning. This will kick start your digestion and help to avoid indigestion throughout the day.
This an age-old remedy for digestive issues, including bloating. It can help relieve most symptoms associated with IBS, including stomach cramps, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea. Try ginger tea or grating fresh ginger into sauces and curries.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antimicrobial, so helps reduce the bad bacteria in your gut (that can lead to bloating and digestive issues) and it helps your body create hydrochloric acid. Despite what many of us believe, people dealing with acid reflux, which can lead to bad digestion, are actually low in stomach acid. Therefore, adding more stomach acid with ACV can help you naturally increase the acid in your stomach, which will help you digest your food and absorb the nutrients.
Peppermint has antispasmodic properties, which make it ideal for relieving digestive problems. The cooling menthol in peppermint relaxes the intestinal tract, reducing the pain, gas, and constipation associated with IBS. It can actually be just as effective as prescription antispasmodics. Try making a fresh mint tea or adding fresh mint leaves to salads or smoothies.
This recommendation came from Lisa Richards from The Anti-Candida Diet, you can read more about her recommendation of Kefir below.
Kefir is a natural, fermented food that will help to replenish the ‘good bacteria’ in your gut. This milk-based fermented drink is much like a tangier version of yogurt.
You can make kefir at home, and in fact homemade kefir is usually a much better option than buying it from the store. This is because store-bought dairy products are typically pasteurized, whether they are organic or not. The pasteurization process destroys many of the valuable enzymes and probiotic cultures found in the kefir.
You can drink kefir itself or, if you find the flavor a little too tangy, you can mix it into a smoothie.
This recommendation came from Jamie Hickey from Truism Fitness, you can read more about the recommendation of Yogurt below.
Many types of yogurt contain probiotics that are either part of the starter culture or added after it is pasteurized. If they are not added after pasteurization, many will lose the bacterial benefits due to the heat treatments they go under. Look for labels that say that the yogurt has live active cultures to ensure that it contains probiotics.
Yogurt contains two probiotics called bifidobacteria and lactobacillus. They have been shown to improve the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a common disorder that results in constipation or diarrhea.
This recommendation came from Cindy Kennedy from Living With Lyme, you can find out more about Cindy Kennedy here, or read more about their recommendation of Avocados below.
Avocados add an excellent digestion quality because 1 cup of the delicious nutty fruit provides 50% of the daily fiber requirement. This once food for only royalty and newer to the US, has become more common in everyday diets.
Lean fish or Meat
This recommendation came from Beverly Friedmann from MyFoodSubscriptions, you can find out more about Beverly Friedmann here, or read more about their recommendation of Lean fish or Meat below.
Lean meats and fish are easier for the body to process than red meats, so chicken and fish like tuna or salmon is easier on the digestive system and a lot easier to process.
This recommendation came from Beverly Friedmann from MyFoodSubscriptions, you can find out more about Beverly Friedmann here, or read more about their recommendation of Whole grains below.
Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which naturally aids digestion, and can be found in foods like brown rice and whole wheat breads. While these are a great option to support digestion and gut health for most of us, it should be said that anyone with a gluten-sensitivity should remain wary.
This recommendation came from Jordan Elist from Baaz Bites, you can find out more about Jordan Elist here, or read more about their recommendation of Fenugreek below.
Fenugreek is an herb used predominantly in Persian and Indian cuisine. In Persian cuisine, its use case is best showcased in Persian food’s most iconic dish, ghormeh sabzi, a herbed stew consisting of a medley of Middle East herbs, sauteed onions, diced mushrooms and red beans. Fenugreek is taken by mouth for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, and inflammation of the stomach. Its bitter taste is softened when it’s prepared as part of a broader meal, which in the case of Persian food is in the Persian classic ghormeh sabzi. Fenugreek’s benefits are largely driven by the fact that it is rich in fiber and antioxidants, thus helping rid the body of harmful toxins by strengthening digestive functions. Additionally, its lubricating properties help soothe the stomach and intestines, thereby preventing constipation.
This recommendation came from Priya Agrawal from The Spice Guide, you can find out more about Priya Agrawal here, or read more about their recommendation of Ajwain Seeds below.
This spice is wonderful and has been known for centuries to aid with gas and digestion. Often used in the Southern region of Asia, Ajwain Seeds has been scientifically proven to help with gas and digestion through a simple method. You can either cook with it, or just add to water and drink.
This recommendation came from Thea Boatswain from Elan Fitness and Nutrition, you can find out more about Thea Boatswain here, or read more about their recommendation of Kombucha below.
Kombucha is a probiotic type of tea that contains good bacteria that aids in digestion. Kombucha is made by fermenting yeast or sugar in gree or black tea. The results s a slightly tangy but probiotic-rich drink. Similar yogurt and Keifer the probiotics in kombucha can help with gas and bloating as well as aid the breakdown and absorption of nutrients by the gut.