26 February 2018
Many of our ailments and diseases are a result of poor digestion, so, that means that keeping a healthy colon is very important. Even if you are on a perfect eating plan what’s even more important is how you are digesting and assimilating the food you are eating. There are foods that can help with digestion either due to their fibre content or natural healing properties. It’s important to have a balance of nutrients, as well as foods that act like a brush through the system to keep things clean and peristalsis, working well. Here are a few:
Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala and are an incredibly rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. These seeds are an excellent source of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10 grams of fibre, which reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel function. That’s 33% of the daily recommended intake of fibre per day in just two tablespoons.
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 possibly metabolism.
Try using coconut oil when cooking eggs, stir-fries, roasting veggies and baking.
Fibre is key in helping keep you regular and also in aiding your body in getting rid of waste. Psyllium husk is a great source of water-soluble fibre that expands to several times its original size when mixed with water. It quickly transforms from powder form into a viscous substance called mucilage. This moves through your colon, bulking up and softening your stool. This type of fibre is especially helpful when you are following a low carbohydrate lifestyle. Include it in your baking or as a health tonic.
Guidelines say to get 25 grams of fibre every day. Beans are a perfect high fibre, low-fat food, serving up about 19 grams per cup. Dried beans and legumes are economical and easy to store making them a cheap and easy food to prepare for the whole family.
Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about ingesting aloe is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need it to. It’s been a great remedy for irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the number of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance.
Of course, drinking lots of clean fresh water is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself and goes without saying – but these other foods and tonics will no doubt help you on the way to an excellent digestive system.