Foods good for digestion and bloating

Foods good for digestion and bloating

Nia Bennett | Oct, 7 2018

Our digestive system plays an important role in determining our health as it converts food into energy by absorbing nutrients and also helps us eliminate waste from our body.

Unfortunately often many people suffer from digestive issues like gas, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or heartburn. This can occur even when you are really healthy.

The main reason why people suffer from digestive issues is either a high-fat diet or the lack of a probiotic-rich or fibre rich food as part of their daily regime. So regardless of how healthy you are, it is very important to soothe your digestive system by consuming healthy fats, greens and eating food that will also cleanse your gut. By simply adding the following food items into your daily diet, you can quickly soothe your digestive system.

1. Tempeh

If you are not familiar with Tempeh, it is time you get acquainted because you and your body will love it. This is a traditional Indonesian food made from soybeans like tofu, however, tempeh utilises the whole soybean that has been fermented or broken down by microorganisms. It is loaded with vitamins, fibre and protein. You can buy tempeh in any Asian supermarket or health food store online.

2. Fish

Consuming fish is good because it is low on as environmental contaminants. Eating fish like salmon is not only light for your body but also easy to digest. Apart from salmon, other fish like mackerel, sardines, trout, tuna, sablefish are loaded with omega 3 which is exceptionally good for your body, but more so for the quality of your skin and hair. It is known fact that omega 3 and healthy fats from fish plays an important role in good mental health, reducing the risk of strokes and could help in increasing grey matter in the brain (which is connected to improving your IQ).

3. Yoghurt

When we ferment milk, yoghurt is formed. The bacteria in the yoghurt is what helps in cleansing the gut. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that help in balancing our body and keeps it healthy. They are a godsend when you struggle with IBS or heartburn. Taking yoghurt in small doses every day is a natural way to cleanse your system, although make sure you consume yoghurt with probiotics - we highly recommend Greek yoghurt which is loaded with it.

gut friendly food - cabbage

4. Dark greens

No blog post in the world could emphasise the benefits of consuming dark green vegetables because there are so many! Green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, bok choy etc. are loaded with magnesium, iron, fibre, vitamin B, calcium and very little carbs - this means eating this on a regular basis is great for your body, your heart, it will keep you full, help your skin glow, help you lose weight and aid your mental wellbeing.

5. Whole grains

Whole grains are filled with fibre and protein, hence they are really good for you. Some of the popular whole grains consist of brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, barley etc. When you purchase processed whole grain products, always read the ingredients listed on the label ensuring they're and from whole grains and not a mixture of whole and refined grains.

Regular consumption of whole grains in your diet can reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and it can help your body break down food and digest it easier. If your diet consists of having a gluten-free lifestyle, you should try to include whole grains to get an adequate intake of fibre, minerals, and vitamins through food without resorting to supplements. Bear in mind if have celiac disease then it’s best to explore other options on this.

6. Herbal teas

Another great thing to include in your daily routine is caffeine free teas. Our favourite is chamomile. Drinking this tea is beneficial for anything ranging from lack of sleep, upset tummy, nervous tension, anxiety etc. Some other options include lavender, ginger tea,  cranberry tea (this is exceptional in soothing tummy ache and peppermint. Although it worth noting that mint can sometimes trigger acid reflux in some so if this happens to you, it’s worth trying the other option of herbal teas listed above.