If you’re living with chronic constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, or any other digestive malady, improving your digestion needs to be your first priority.
When your digestive system is healthy, gas, bloating, pain, and inflammation lessen, and your overall health is improved.
Here are five foods that improve your digestion:
Yogurt is a healthy choice for better digestion. It’s important, however, to choose the right yogurt for the job. Despite what you see on TV, not all yogurt is healthy for you.
To get the most health benefits from this food, choose a plain, organic yogurt and sweeten it with Stevia. Yogurt contains live, active cultures called probiotics that crowd out bad bacteria in the gut, increase good bacteria, and help your digestive system better absorb nutrients from food.
Since yogurt is easier to digest than milk, those with lactose intolerance can usually eat it without side effects. When you eat it regularly, it may help relieve constipation and cut down on bloating and gas.
Sauerkraut that has been traditionally prepared is one of the best foods for digestion. This fermented food increases vitamin levels, promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora, crowds out yeast and bacteria in the gut, and reduces bloating after eating.
The best sauerkraut I’ve found is at closeout stores like Ocean State Job Lot, Marshall’s, and Big Lots.
These jars are often imported from Poland and other countries that specialize in preparing fermented foods in a way that preserves the essential enzymes needed for healthy digestion.
(Most American sauerkraut is pickled, not fermented, which means it lacks essential probiotics.)
3. Cayenne Pepper
This delicious spice works by improving peristalsis (digestive motility) and aiding in the absorption of nutrients from food.
To get the most benefits from this spice, use it generously on eggs, salad, stir fry, chili, or any of your favorite savory foods.
If you’re looking for a stronger dose, pour one teaspoon of cayenne pepper into an 8-ounce glass of tepid water and drink each morning.
Another good food for digestion is pineapple. The secret ingredient in this delicious tropical fruit is bromelain, an all-natural digestive aid that helps break down protein so your body can better absorb its nutrients.
When you think of prunes, you may picture an elderly person drinking a glass of prune juice. Well, grandma had it right! For constipation, nothing beats a good, old-fashioned prune. Packed with fiber and magnesium, this portable snack stimulates a smoother, more comfortable bowel movement.
The next time your stomach feels uncomfortable, reach for one of these foods. Once you get your digestion on track, the rest of your health will automatically improve.
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