5 All-Natural Foods Proven to Help Support Digestion
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Millions of people around the world, if not billions, are seeking a path to digestive comfort on a daily basis. People sometimes resort to traditional drug store products, however those may lead to health complications. Understanding your digestion system can help you maintain healthy digestive function.
Below are five top natural remedies that may help put you on the path to balancing your digestion.
No, we’re not referring to the candy, but licorice root tea, its extracts, or even fresh licorice slices. Licorice has natural stomach soothing properties, can help maintain stomach comfort and support digestion. The earthy roots have valuable antioxidants and phytochemicals that coat the digestive tract with mucous that help maintain the stomach lining. Licorice is loaded with B vitamins for your metabolism, and all the nutrients—calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium, and beta-carotene—that when combined make licorice a natural aid for digestion that helps support long-lasting gut comfort.
2. ALOE JUICE
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years as a powerful and soothing topical remedy. Today, aloe juice is used to help support balanced stomach acid levels and digestive wellness. The active compounds in Aloe juice, primarily polysaccharides and acemannan have a lot of bioactivity that may also help to aid digestion. Aloe has supporting enzymes such as lipase and amylase to help break down fat and sugars, and contains bradykinase. Other benefits include vitamin B12, and anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, C, and E.
3. LIVE CULTURED YOGURT
Yogurt is a natural digestive aid that can truly do the body good. Live cultured yogurt supports the digestive tract with healthy bacteria that assists in breaking down food. It is highly recommended for people seeking digestive support, especially during the evening. Yogurt is one of the premier foods for digestive health and should be eaten daily for all its nutritional benefits. Choose a quality, plain yogurt without added sugar, sweeteners, and flavorings. Adding your own berries, maple syrup, or honey is superior to any additive flavors found in common supermarket brands. The benefits of probiotics, similar to yogurt, vastly help fortify and support your gut health. It’s a superfood to help digest food, support the immune system, and maintain the digestive tract.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away as the saying goes, but for lots of people, a banana a day will help soothe their digestive system. Bananas are highly recommended as a nutritious part of any healthy diet and also offer many digestive benefits. The fruit is a natural pH balancer, provides lots of dietary fiber and is loaded with potassium, an essential mineral. Both the fiber and potassium are especially beneficial to your digestive system, and helps keep a digestive tract functioning smoothly.
Touted since ancient times as a powerful natural remedy, ginger has been known to support everything from digestive wellness to combatting nausea. The root is full of antioxidants and minerals that can help maintain stomach comfort and phenolic compounds have been known to ease the digestive system. Be careful when consuming ginger, however, as too much can have the opposite effect and upset your stomach! It is best to take ginger in small amounts to avoid overdoing it.
6. (BONUS!) ICE CREAM
Okay, we know we mentioned ice cream in a previous post about indigestion-causing foods to avoid, but for those who are totally lactose tolerant, this treat can actually have the opposite effect and help settle your stomach! Some ice creams work as a natural acid buffer given ice creams low acidity, and when eaten a couple hours before sleep can be especially beneficial for people who are looking to maintain a sound night sleep.
Choosing ice creams with all natural flavors and ingredients will ensure more positive results. Ice creams loaded with preservatives, chemicals, additives, including unhealthy amounts of processed sugar may have the opposite of intended effects (and may also impact your waistline). Choose vanilla or dolce de leche ice cream. It works to soothe the stomach and cool the esophagus, and may help the lower esophageal sphincter muscle (LES) function properly. Unfortunately for chocoholics, eating chocolate and peppermint ice creams has the opposite effect.
There are many other natural digestive aids, drinks, and supplements that work to improve your digestion. See your doctor if you think you may have acid reflux. That aside, seeking a natural solution that provides nutrition and also helps support your natural digestive system is never a bad thing. Consider the food or combination of foods and drinks that best fits your diet and best works for you for healthy digestion.