These Foods Will Do Wonders For Your Digestion
Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala, and are an incredibly rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. These tasteless, tiny seeds are either dark brown, white or black, and are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10 grams of fiber, which reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel function. That’s 33% of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day in just two tablespoons!
Feeling adventurous? Since the outer layer of chia seeds swell when mixed with liquids to form a gel, you can use them as an egg replacement. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 15 minutes.
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.
Ghee is actually clarified butter with many of the milk fats, sugar and lactose removed. Unlike butter, ghee won’t turn rancid at room temperature and retains its original flavor and freshness for up to a year – amazing!
While other fats and oils can slow down the body’s digestive process and give us that “heavy” feeling in our stomach, ghee stimulates the digestive system by encouraging the secretion of stomach acids to break down food.
WILD ALASKAN SALMON
Wild Alaskan salmon is a delicious and healthy anti-inflammatory food, and, unlike Atlantic salmon and other farm-raised varieties, wild Alaskan salmon aren't fed genetically modified food.
Organic zucchini is a powerful little vegetable that is both filling and hydrating. It encourages healthy digestion and detoxifies the body.
Due to its high fiber content, zucchini has cleansing effect on our digestive tract, especially the intestines. It acts as a mild laxative, cleaning the walls of the intestines and preventing carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon.
Zucchini can be dark green or yellow, and is typically roasted, grilled or added to baked dishes. Most of the nutrients are in the skin, so leave it on when preparing meals.
Bone broth is a simple, easy, cost-effective way to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and protect against infection. The gelatin found in bone broth attracts and holds liquids that help heal and seal the gut, supporting proper digestion. Bone broth also contains easy-to-absorb minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur chondroitin and glucosamine.
Try making a stew and saving the broth. Using a slow cooker, fill the bottom with veggies (carrots, celery, onion, etc.), add bones from organically-raised, pastured or grass-fed animals, a clove of garlic, dash of salt, tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and cover all ingredients with water. Simmer over low heat for an entire day. Strain and serve. Can also be purchased pre-made and ready to use!
LACTO FERMENTED VEGGIES
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 and also break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
Additional foods for healthy digestion include:
Kefir, Apples, Fennel, Kombucha, Papaya, Miso, Fennel, Ginger and Peppermint Tea. Choose organic & non-gmo options for optimal results.