Foods That Can Help With Digestion

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Your digestive tract is important for your health since it is responsible for absorbing nutrients and getting rid of waste.

Unfortunately, some people are suffering from digestive problems like bloating, constipation, cramping, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal pain for a variety of reasons. There are also other conditions such as diverticulitis, heartburn, Crohn's disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, can put you at risk for more severe digestive issues.

However, even a healthy individual can experience digestive problems from time-to-time which maybe due to a lack of fiber or probiotic-rich foods in their diet.

By being careful of the foods that you eat, you can prevent digestive problems from happening.


Here are some foods that you need to consider:

  1. Probiotics - Probiotics is a friendly bacteria that lives in the digestive tract and improve your digestion. They're the reason why your gut remains in a healthy state. Probiotics occur naturally in your gut but boosting your intake of foods like yogurt can help ease digestion. They can also help in other digestive issues, such as diarrhea, constipation and bloating. It can also improve the digestion of lactose or milk sugar. When you're looking for a probiotic product, go for those labeled with "live and active cultures" the next time you're shopping.
  2. Fennel - This is a plant with long green stalks and a pale bulb that is mostly used to add flavor to the food. The fiber content of this plant can help prevent constipation and improves regularity in your digestive tract. Fennel also consists of an antispasmodic agent that aides in relaxing the smooth muscles in your digestive tract. This can reduce negative digestive symptoms like bloating, cramping, and flatulence.
  3. Kombucha - Kombucha is a fermented tea. Specific strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar are added to black or green tea, then undergoes fermentation for a week or more. A glut of bacteria is created during the fermentation process, which can help improve digestive health. Some researchers have even found that kombucha has contribute to the healing of stomach ulcers in rats.
  4. Apples - This fruit is a rich source of pectin, which is a soluble fiber. Pectin can bypass digestion in the small intestine and is then broken down by your colon's friendly bacteria. This process increases stool volume, which can help resolve constipation and diarrhea. Apple can even decrease the risk of intestinal infections and even inflammation in the colon.
  5. Papaya - This tropical fruit contains a digestive enzyme known as papain. Papain assists in the digestive process by breaking down protein fibers. It's not required in your diet but is helpful in the digestion of protein. Papain can help ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), such as bloating and constipation. This is also used as the main enzyme in digestive supplements for its gastrointestinal capacities.
  6. Dark Green Vegetables - Green vegetables are known for being an excellent source of insoluble fiber. This fiber adds bulk to your stool, which will quicken its pace as it goes through your digestive tract. Green vegetables are also rich in magnesium, which is helpful in reducing constipation by improving muscle contractions in the gastrointestinal tract. Some examples of dark green vegetables that provide such benefits include broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and other leafy greens. There is also some unusual sugar found in green leafy vegetables which has shown to feed the good bacteria in your gut. This sugar is helpful in digestion while also impairing the bad bacteria that can cause illness.
  7. Salmon - This fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is helpful in reducing inflammation in your body.

People who have food intolerances, inflammatory bowel disease, and other digestive disorders sometimes have inflammation in the gut. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the inflammation and improve digestion in the process.

Digestive issues are something that one shouldn't neglect especially when you start experiencing symptoms. For more information on your gut health, you can ask Dr. Alex Tam of Vacaville. He is the owner of the top chiropractic and holistic center in the Solano county and he is always happy to answer all of your questions pertaining to health.

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