What Foods to Eat for a Healthy Digestive System
Scientists are still studying the fascinating gut-brain connection and how they affect each other. Mental distress can cause some upset stomach and intestines symptoms, like loose stools, indigestion or bloating, just as a diseased GI tract can cause depression, anxiety and lack of sleep. Therefore keeping both brain and gut health in check is key for overall wellbeing.
We know that having a diet rich in fibers, nutrients, and phytochemicals, is important for health and disease prevention. A lot is yet to be discovered about our digestive tract, but recent emerging studies are focusing on the importance of the microbiome - the collective of good and bad bacteria, fungi and yeast in our body and how it affects our health.
Our gut microbiome is constantly changing and the food we eat affects the diversity and “health” of the bacteria in our gut. An unhealthy diet may cause bad bacteria to develop and reproduce and consequently leads to many digestion problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and general discomfort. Similarly, a healthy diet can help replenish the gut with good bacteria (a.k.a probiotics) which may reduce inflammation in the GI track, improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients and consequently improve our immunity, mental state, and overall wellbeing.
Below are the recommended foods to include in your diet to improve gut health:
Fermented foods like kimchi, pickles or miso
These plant-based fermented products have the good bacteria in them, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, A, selenium or iron.
High fiber foods like artichoke, asparagus, and beans
These foods contain insoluble fiber that travels to the large intestine intact where it becomes a good food source for healthy bacteria and helps it multiply. They are also rich in nutrients that help fight free radicals and protect against disease.
Organic yogurt with live cultures
Not all yogurt products have those live bacteria in them. Choose well while reading the label to get the best product. It is also a good source of protein, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Polyphenols containing foods such as green tea, dark chocolate and olive oil
These compounds are found in a lot of fruits and vegetables as well as green tea and dark chocolate. They have a protective effect towards the cells of the mucosa lining the intestines and it seems that they act as prebiotics or food source for the healthy bacteria.
Anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric and ginger
These roots have been used for years to help heal and protect against disease. Their anti-inflammatory property protects the gut and makes it an optimal environment for probiotic growth.
Join us this Saturday, March 10th at Nathalie’s as we host Dr. Nas Al Jafari from Intercare Health and Farah Gokal Ghazzawi from My Baseworks, as they discuss the importance of Gut Health!
Tickets available via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-bite-social-night-gut-health-tickets-43802537569
Yours in health,