Like many people, I have struggled with digestive troubles for a long time. I have seen countless doctors and undergone serious tests, including an endoscopy to check for celiac disease. Nothing has really proven successful.
Regular readers of this blog know that I am a conscious and thoughtful eater. I invest time and effort into what I put into my body and my body rewards me when I make healthy choices and give it what it craves and needs. When I divert off track however, even if momentarily, the results can be disastrous. Embarking on the Paleo diet for a whole month helped considerably with my stomach issues. Eating no refined grains, dairy, legumes, sugar or alcohol made a huge difference. Once I slowly started incorporating some of these foods back into my diet, the grumbles, bloating, aching and burning started up again like clockwork.
There are several foods you can eat that naturally aid and help digestion. I hope these help soothe any stomach issues you may have:
1. Fermented/probiotic foods
Fermented and cultured foods such as pickled cabbage, Kimchee (Japanese sauerkraut), miso soup, kefir and Greek yoghurt provide health bacteria for the stomach. They are also partially digested by the bacteria, making them easier to digest. Probiotic bacteria may help prevent and treat diarrhoea, constipation, gas and bloating. If you are in America, try GT’s Enlightened Kombucha, which is excellent for stomach troubles and has no added sugar.
2. Remove or reduce gluten
Even if you are not celiac or gluten intolerant, many people thrive when removing gluten from their diet. Gluten is often very hard on the digestive system. Replace grains like wheat with gluten-free versions such as quinoa or almond meal (for baking).
3. Only eat high quality food
Eliminate crap and processed junk from your diet. Give your body a flush and drink loads of water. Up your intake of green, leafy vegetables and other fresh produce. As much as I adore them, I sometimes find nuts very heavy on my gut so I try to avoid them when I am feeling a bit bloated and sore. I have learnt this lesson the hard way many times though!
4. Eat slowly
People these days scoff their food while in a hurry and on the run. This wreaks absolute havoc with our digestive systems. Remove all distractions when you eat your meals and sit and enjoy what you are eating. Take your time to chew each bite of your food properly. Your gut will thank you for it.
Next time you’re feeling bloated and just gross generally, try the above tips to aid your digestion and soothe your troubled belly.