Proper functioning of the digestive system is very important for our body. It is through this system that food is absorbed into our body, broken down and then eliminated from the body. Having a healthy digestive system is very important for one’s overall well-being. However, some foods are not digested properly by the body, which makes us feel very uneasy and heavy.
There are some foods, that are known to improve digestion. So the next time you feel like you have eaten too much, have any of the foods listed below to improve digestion in your body.
Yogurt is made from milk that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria. Yogurt contains good bacteria or probiotics that help to improve digestion and keep the gut healthy. Though this bacteria is naturally present in the gut, consuming yogurt makes the process of digestion easier.
The probiotics that are present in yogurt help with various digestive issues such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Probiotics also aid in the digestion of lactose or milk sugar. However, not all yogurts available in the market contain these good bacteria. To ensure that you choose the right yogurt, look for the label of ‘live and active cultures’ on yogurt boxes.
Apples are a rich source of Vitamins A and C. These red fruits are good sources of nutrients and minerals such as potassium, folate and phosphorous. Apples also contain pectin, which is a soluble fibre. One of the benefits of eating apples is that it increases stool volume. Owing to this, apples are commonly used to resolve constipation and diarrhoea. Apples lower the risk of intestinal infections and inflammation in the colon.
Papaya is a tropical fruit that contains a digestive enzyme named papain. Eating a papaya aids in the breakdown of the proteins that are present in the stomach, which in turn, improves digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of papaya also help to soothe the stomach. This fruit helps to cure problems such as food allergies and heartburn as well.
Ginger is one of the staple ingredients used in Indian cooking. Being a warming spice, ginger is very good for the body during the winter months. Ginger is extremely beneficial for digestive health. This spice helps to deal with issues such as motion sickness, morning sickness (in pregnant women), nausea, gas and loss of appetite. However, ginger must be had in moderate quantities since too much of ginger can cause heartburn. The ideal quantity of ginger that can be consumed in a day is 2-3 grams.
5) Whole Grains
Grains are the seeds of grasslike plants called cereals. To be classified as a whole grain, the grain must contain 100% of the kernel, which includes the bran, germ and the endosperm. Common whole grains include oats, quinoa, products made from whole wheat and brown rice. Since whole grains are extremely rich in fibre, they are very effective in treating digestive problems and improving digestion. Whole grains improve digestion by adding bulk to the stool, which can help to reduce constipation. Some of the fibres present in these grains also act as ‘prebiotics’ or food for the healthy bacteria that is naturally present in the gut.
Fennel is primarily used to add flavor to food. The fiber content of fennel helps to prevent constipation. Fennel also works as an antispasmodic agent that relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. This property of fennel can help to reduce issues such as bloating, flatulence and cramps.
7) Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a very rich source of fiber. These seeds work as prebiotics and help to feed and promote the growth of the healthy bacteria that is naturally present in the gut, thereby improving and promoting a healthy digestive system. Chia seeds also help to maintain bowel regularity and healthy stools.
Say goodbye to your digestive problems with the foods listed above. Not only do these foods improve digestion, but they also promote the overall health of the digestive system in your body.
Sources: Enzymedica, Everyday Health, Food Revolution Network, Healthline, Onlymyhealth, Organic Facts, The Knclan.com, Times of India.