In today’s time not a single day passes by when we do not see people suffering from indigestion, acidity, bloating or constipation. We consume a lot of processed and junk food these days, as a result digestion goes for a toss.
A variety of antacids and over the counter medication is available for above problems which can give you instant relief, but correcting your diet will give you long lasting results.
Digestive system is the core of our body which provides nutrition for everything. Unfortunately, it’s mostly bloated, constipated or working overtime.
Healthy stomach is essential for healthy mind and body. Small changes in daily food habits can bring a significant improvement to gut health.
Below we have listed for you, top 11 foods which can significantly improve your digestion and keep stomach discomforts at bay.
Yogurt is one food that should be included regularly in our meals. It has probiotics or the “good bacteria” which lives in your digestive system and helps in digesting food. Yogurt consumption improves bowel movement and can control diarrhea. Always check for “active cultures” on the label to make sure you get the maximum benefit out of this food. Other sources of probiotics include Kimchi and kombucha.
Fennel is known to relieve flatulence. It also prevents indigestion, stomach ache and bloating. Fennel has bioactive compound Fenchone, which relaxes the lining of the digestive tract.
Fennel seeds aids in secretion of various digestive juices, hence better absorption of nutrients. Fennel seeds can be added to salads, stew, fish, chicken or even take a pinch of raw fennel seeds and chew them.
Ginger is a famous spice which can cure motion sickness, vomiting, loss of appetite, colic and gas. Ginger should always be taken in moderate quantities, or else it may cause heartburn. Ginger has been used as a herbal medicine to treat cold and cough also. Ginger boosts the enzymes which work on fats and proteins.
Peppermint can help relieve cramps and irritability in your bowels. It can be taken in the form of peppermint tea.
Cumin is used as a flavoring agent in many cuisines. Cumin has Thymol which boosts the secretion of various enzymes for proper digestion. It relieves stomach ache.
Include brown rice, whole grains or oats to get the dose of daily fibre required. It promotes bowel movements by adding volume to the stool. Fiber is a source of nutrition to good gut bacteria. In case you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease avoid taking these.
Bananas are a rich source of electrolytes and potassium which restores bowel functions and can help in controlling diarrhoea. In addition bananas have fibre to improve digestion. Banana can be consumed by adding in smoothies, ice creams breakfast cereal or pancakes.
Sweet potatoes are super healthy and tasty. Have them with their skins(fiber content) to reap the maximum benefit like nutrient absorption and proper bowel movement.
Papaya is rich in proteolytic enzymes, chymopapain, and papain. These enzymes aids digestion and relieves allergies due to it’s antimicrobial properties. Added bonus, papaya is rich source of Vitamins A,B and C. Papaya is easy to digest and dissolves fat instantly.
Cucumbers are rich in fiber and have high water content, hence quite effective in digestion. Cucumbers are a rich source of vitamins and minerals . Due to high water content cucumbers prevent constipation. Cucumbers also keep your skin hydrated.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can decrease body performance and affect vital functions including digestion. Always drink water in between meals so that you are sufficiently hydrated. Having water with meals can dilute stomach acid which affects digestion negatively.
In short, a diet rich in Good bacteria, Fibre, Fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics is essential for healthy digestion. In addition eating frequent but small portions of meals together with enough hydration(Not the sweetened and aerated beverages) will ensure that your gut is always singing the happy song.