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Top 10 Foods to Keep This One Part of Your Body in Great Shape
Although this isn’t a subject that gets a great deal of attention, it should. The health of your digestive system is possible one of the most important parts of your health. For many of us, our digestive system has been severely compromised due to our diet of refined foods that are devoid of vital nutrients, toxins in our everyday environment, and chronic stress.
The good news here is that the delicate balance of your digestive system can be restored by introducing foods that will encourage good bacteria to grow and aid in the overall digestive process.
Take a good look at the top 10 foods you should have in your diet to ensure your digestive healthy is the best that it can possibly be.
1. Aloe Vera
You most likely have one of these plants in a pot to use in case of burns, but did you know that aloe vera is a super healing gel for inside your body too? Our damaged immune systems and chronic inflammation is a core reason why many people get sick or develop chronic diseases and aloe vera is perfect for healing these issues. Aloe vera is rich in nutrients while having antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and highly oxygenated compounds. Start adding some to your morning smoothies today and you will soon feel a tremendous difference in your body. You can buy aloe vera gel at most health food stores but if you plan to use your own plants, be sure that you only add the clear gel parts of the leaf, not the green parts.
2. Red Beets
If you suffer from abdominal upsets, such as cramps or bloating, or if you have frequent bouts of constipation, red beets is the answer.
Beets are high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, all things that contribute to the removal of waste in the body.
Every nutrient found in red beets, along with the green tops, can help you maintain a smooth flowing digestive system.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This vinegar is made from fermented apples and it can be substituted in almost any food preparation for white vinegar. So, for example, if your recipe for salad dressing calls for white vinegar, use apple cider vinegar instead for considerably more health benefits.
Apple cider vinegar will add beneficial enzymes, amino acids, and probiotics to your digestive system that will stimulate your lymph system, naturally relieve heart burn, rid the body of candida, and improve your immune system.
Apple cider vinegar improves the pH of stomach acid, a main part of the digestive process. In fact, the lack of stomach acid, along with a lack of healthy enzymes, is some of the causes of indigestion, heart burn, and acid reflux. Taking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis can help to remedy all these issues.
If you suffer from frequent bouts of diarrhea, this fruit is perfect for restoring proper bowel movements.
Bananas coat the stomach and protect it from upset while restoring the potassium and electrolytes lost during the digestive process.
Bananas are also a good source of fiber, so you have a lot to gain by eating this one little yellow fruit. Be aware of GMO bananas!
5. Chia Seeds
The difference between flax seeds and chia seeds are that chia seeds do not need to be ground to release their nutritional benefits.
Chia seeds are best when soaked in water as this unlocks many of their healthful benefits.
Chia seeds are prebiotics and have good scouring effects in the intestines. Chia seeds are known for being soothing and prevent digestive conditions such as diverticulitis.
There’s a good reason people quote that old adage about “keeping the doctor away”, it’s because apples have so many nutritional benefits!
Rich in vitamin C, A, minerals, phosphorus, folates, and potassium, along with an important fiber called pectin.
Pectin is what increases the good bacteria inside our digestive systems and helps to maintain its proper function.
Is there anything garlic is not good for? OK, your breath, but otherwise, garlic is simply amazing. It’s heart healthy while being antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial, so it also removes all the bad bugs that are ruining your digestive system.
In fact, studies show that garlic is even more effective than antibiotics in killing common bacteria called campylobacter bacterium, which affects more than 2 million people every year and is thought to cause ulcers. Add more organic garlic to everything, eat 2 or 3 fresh cloves per day, or take garlic supplements.
This little fruit is good for much more than just guacamole!
It’s fiber rich, easy to digest, and is simply loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats. This helps with the proper functioning of your gall bladder and pancreas.
The beta-carotene in avocado is converted into vitamin A by your body, which gives your digestive tract a healthy mucosal lining.
Eat more oatmeal for breakfast! It’s loaded with selenium, phosphorus, copper, thiamin, zinc and vitamin E, not to mention soluble fiber.
It’s the soluble fiber in the foods you eat that promote the healthy functioning of your digestive system and help remove waste from the body.
10. Sweet Potatoes
Always eat sweet potatoes with the skin as these are superior when it comes to digestive health. Sweet potatoes are complex carbs that have manganese and dietary fiber.
You can’t beat these veggies for treating peptic and duodenal ulcers and other types of bowel problems. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to serve these sweet gems, try adding them to your diet at least 1 or 2 times per week.
Try adding more of these foods to your diet and don’t forget to keep sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and GMO’s out of your diet as much as possible. Also, eat organic for the best possible health and keep stress levels to a minimum or learn how to manage it.
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