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Foods That Aid Digestion

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Foods That Aid Digestion

Best foods for digestion…

Digestive problems plague millions of Americans each year. The most common conditions include heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the symptoms of these problems typically include bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps.

Pregnancy and diet can also bring on bouts of indigestion, but thankfully the latter, can be tailored to help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms that result from digestive problems.

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Foods Best For Digestion

Image Credit: Tips Times, 2012.

7 Great Foods To Aid Digestion

Yoghurt

Your stomach is full of healthy bacteria that aid digestion and yogurt is chock full of these bacteria known as probiotics. Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the risk of diarrheal infections, and relieve symptoms of irritable bowel and Crohn’s disease. If yogurt is a food that never makes your daily menu, you can increase your intake of healthy bacteria with probiotics supplements.

Sauerkraut

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, buttermilk, and sourdough all contain beneficial bacteria that make them easier to digest. Other foods that fall into this category include kefir (made from fermented milk), kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage), and miso (a Japanese paste made of fermented soybeans).

Yoghurt also makes the list. And if you’ve ever wondered why some lactose intolerant people can eat yoghurt, it because the process of fermentation pre-digests the lactose.

Beans

Beans are great foods to help aid digestion due to the high content of fiber – fiber helps carry nutrients and cholesterol through the body. A typical serving of beans contains 19 grams of fiber; the recommended daily intake is 25 grams.

And the popular notion that beans increase gas is not altogether true. A study published in the Nutrition Journal showed that in the first week only half the participants reported any increase in gas, a in the second the number dropped to 19 percent.

If you’re rather steer clear of beans, try other high fiber foods such as whole grains, raspberries, and artichokes, among many other fruits and vegetables.

Fish Oil Supplements

Fish oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit both the heart and digestive tract. However simply adding salmon or tuna to your diet won’t be sufficient to provide levels of oil required to make a difference. In order to get the most benefits from fish oil, most people will need to take supplements.

Studies have those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome tend to have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, so it’s important to make your eating enough to keep your digestive tract in tact.

Ginger

Ginger has been a traditional Asian remedy for centuries. The tasty root aids digestion by speeding up the process that moves food from the stomach into the upper small intestine. If you don’t eat much ginger in your daily meals try ginger teas, candy or supplements.

Peppermint

While it’s not exactly clear why peppermint aids digestion, it appears that its oil works as an antispasmodic, which relaxes the bowel and keeps the digestive tract running smooth. Peppermint oil can be included in many foods and drinks, and can also be taken as a coated supplement.

Fluids

While drinks are certainly not food, liquid does greatly aid the digestion process. The easy digestion tip of them all is to stay hydrated and drink water throughout the day. But it doesn’t have to be water; most drinks are good enough except caffeinated beverages, which dehydrate the body, and sodas, which can cause heartburn if you suffer from gastro esophageal reflux disease.


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