15 Little Known Tips For A Healthier Digestive And Immune System (Who Knew #8?)

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2. Caffeine

If your food log shows that caffeine does not upset your stomach, then feel free to drink green tea, caffeinated herbal teas, and coffee. All of these beverages boost acid in the stomach, which is important for digestion. Also, coffee, green tea, and herbal teas have tons of health benefits. However, if you have found from your food log that things like coffee upset your stomach, then you should opt for decaffeinated beverages.

 

3. Eat Whole Grains

Not just foods that say “made from whole wheat” – that’s not good enough. Read the label on any children’s sugar-filled cereal and it probably says it’s made from whole wheat. It might start off as whole wheat, but food companies grind down the wheat and process it until it is nothing more than refined flour. When we say whole grains, we are talking about whole meal bread, whole meal pasta, brown rice, oats, and buckwheat. These are all excellent sources of fiber, which not only improve the digestion, but feed the good bacteria in the digestive system. If you have a gluten intolerance or if your food log has shown that wheat products do not agree with you, then by all means, avoid them.

 

4. Spicy Foods

Some people really enjoy spicy foods made with various types of chilies, garlic, and strong onions, but for other people, these types of ingredients are a big no-no. If your food log has shown that spicy foods bother you, even things like garlic, then you should limit your consumption or avoid them. However, spicy foods have a great many health benefits to your digestive system. Garlic is excellent for your heart as well as for improving your immune system. Onion is a known cancer fighter and chilies fight pain through their highly anti-inflammatory compounds.

 

5. Limit High Fat Foods

Fatty foods slow down the overall digestive process, which makes you much more prone to constipation. Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but it allows more time for toxins to enter the bloodstream. Your body does need fat, however. Eating a high fiber diet will allow the fat that you do eat to pass more quickly through the body. So look for lean cuts of meat such as skinless poultry, pork loin, and the leanest cuts of beef you can afford.

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