Choosing the best type of whole foods for digestive and stomach health
The digestive system’s job is to extract water and nutrients from solid foods and liquids. It is also appointed to fend off microbes and process waste. What you put into your stomach affects whether you feel well, how you avoid certain types of cancers, and how active you are.
If you consider that evolution was so sophisticated and thoughtful in the creation of our bodies, and that food of the earth is what was naturally available to early man, then it makes sense that our systems were created and evolved to digest foods of the earth and would therefore have a difficult time with fake processed foods and artificial ingredients.
Keep your digestive system healthy and your stomach happy by eating whole foods on a daily basis.
Natural Whole Foods
For overall digestive health, eat fiber. It prevents constipation, certain types of cancers, and keeps you energetic.
Foods like: whole natural grains, spinach, cauliflower, wheat bran, apples, carrots plus beans, figs and broccoli are great sources of fiber.
Start slowly and add more fiber every week. Drink as much water as you can. Drinking water with fiber prevents the gas, cramping and bloating that can happen if you eat fiber alone.
If your digestive system is irregular and you are feeling bloated, eat whole grain foods like brown rice and steel cut oatmeal. Ignore the white rice dishes and breads.
Eat organic light green and dark green vegetables to keep your stomach healthy. Yellow-colored vegetables help your stomach stay comfortable, too. These types of vegetables are rich in carotene, vitamins C and E plus folate that protect the stomach from cancers.
Fruits And Juices & Life After Juicing
Natural juices like cranberry and raspberry juices contain phenols that prevent GI pathogens, such as salmonella.
An antioxidant found in red wine, resveratrol, keeps away the stomach pathogens and leaves healthy bacteria alone to do its job.
Keep the good bacteria working overtime in your digestive system. Eat plenty of natural yogurts, miso, bananas, sauerkraut, garlic, asparagus and onions.
There are trillions and trillions of bacteria working in your stomach. To improve the ratios of bacteria in your digestive system, you need to eat foods that contain probiotics. These keep the lining of your colon healthy and improve digestion.
Stick with plain yogurt that does not have added sugar or preservatives. There are also special probiotic yogurt products that are quite useful.
Spices that add flavor to your foods and soothe the digestive system include: cinnamon, cumin, fennel, oatmeal, nutmeg, caraway and ginger. These help prevent or relieve gas and help with the digestive process.
Ginger is a nausea remedy. Ginger tends to quell nausea due to pregnancy, the flu, chemotherapy and surgery. Ginger is also useful for treating gastroparesis or digestive side effects of diabetes.
Peppermint leaf and oils have been used to relieve digestive disorders. Peppermint eases stomach muscles. However, if you have heartburn, you might want to avoid peppermint.
Other Important Foods
Natural foods that give you lots of nutrition and digestive care include: whole grains, vegetables, legumes, olive oils and a small amount of fish and eggs.
Eat smaller quantities of fatty meats, and look for natural varieties, like free-range chicken and turkey and grass-fed beef.
Avoid Belly Fat
There are foods that target your tummy fat. In recent Diabetes Care studies, it was revealed that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats prevented fat from accumulating around the abdomen.
You can get this same curing effect by eating: avocados, olives, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds.
Digestive health is best achieved by eating whole foods and staying away from processed junk that is full of foreign substances the body does not need to or wants to digest.