digestion

Foods that will work wonders on your digestion

MNA Life Style Desk: The digestion process is an intricately choreographed ballet during which your body performs the many steps needed to break down the food you eat and unlock the vitamins, minerals, calories, fats, and proteins you need and then efficiently clean sweep the rest.

Most people don’t contemplate these inner workings unless they’re not working smoothly, but you can proactively take steps to avoid problems. One of the easiest digestive health tips is to fuel up with good foods for digestion.

Ginger

A traditional Asian remedy for tummy aches and nausea and a favorite condiment used in Japanese cuisine, ginger is another good food for digestion and a popular natural aid among pregnant women, whether in ginger teas, candies, or supplements.

And there’s real research to back up ginger’s benefits: Ginger helps digestion by speeding up the process that moves food from the stomach into the upper small intestine.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes, especially when consumed with their skins on, are a superb food for digestive health. They provide dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates and manganese. Sweet potatoes help in treating peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcers and some other serious bowel ailments.

Papaya

This tropical fruit is excellent for digestive health. Presence of papain helps in easy breakdown of proteins in the stomach, and this helps in good absorption of the nutrients and facilitates proper bowel functioning.

People with upset tummies should eat papaya, as its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the stomach. Besides, it helps in good digestion of food, dissolves fats instantly and also relieves heartburn and food allergies.

Carrots & Cucumber

Normally carrots are known for healthy vision. You will be surprised to know that carrots also aid in maintaining digestive health as they are loaded with fiber and antioxidants vitamins.

Cucumber is loaded with dietary fiber, fats, folate, calcium and vitamin C. Cucumber is good for people suffering from stomach and lung problems. Consuming cucumber juice daily provides relief from heartburn, stomach acidity, gastritis and peptic ulcer.

Hot & Lemon water

Sip on some hot water early in the morning or at regular intervals. This is the best natural technique to treat an upset tummy and it also aids in proper bowel movement.

Another natural supplement to treat indigestion is lemon water. Consuming lemon water in the morning will give quick relief from indigestion and will remove harmful substances which will further enhance your appetite.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, has a sweet and nutty taste, and is an excellent substitute for butter or oil. Unlike its counterparts, it contains antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that can improve digestion, immunity, boost energy and metabolism.

Try using organic, unrefined, expeller-pressed coconut oil when cooking eggs, stir fries, roasting veggies and baking.

Lacto-fermented vegetables

Lacto-fermented veggies, such as pickles, kimchee and sauerkraut, are potent detoxifiers. Although their name may sound intimidating, these crisp, tangy veggies are not difficult to make or eat.

These veggies have very high levels of probiotics (significantly more than probiotic supplements at a fraction of the cost!), and also break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

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