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Good Food for the Gut

Your body is always repairing itself, regenerating cells and building the raw materials it needs to be able to function at an optimal level.  The food we digest is an essential ingredient in this equation.  Much of our modern diet has had much of the goodness taken out of it, with a lot of synthetics and preservatives added and unfortunately our bodies just cant cope, causing all sorts of issues, including digestion problems which is an ever growing issue for many.  Eating well and optimally, your body will respond!

Try these tasty treats for the gut:

  •  Yoghurt – Your gut is filled with good bacteria which is what helps you digest food.   Yogurt contains living micro-organisms that exist naturally in the human gut and is good for you. This bacteria replenishes the normal flora within the gastrointestinal tract keeping it nice and heathy.  When you purchase yoghurt just make sure its a good one as not all yoghurts are the same.  Yogurt is most commonly made with lactobacillus bulgaricus, lactobacillus acidophilus, L. animalis and L. casei.    When you are choosing the good yoghurt look for the “live Culture Active” Seal as that means the yoghurt contains a certain level of lactic acid bacteria.
  • Bananas – Bananas will help restore normal bowel function.  If you have runny stools or diarrhea, bananas help restore electrolytes and potassium.  Bananas will also add fiber to help aid digestion.
  • Ginger – Used for thousands of years as a safe way to relieve nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, morning sickness, gas, loss of appetite, and colic, consume it in moderation and no more than 2-4 grams per day.
  • Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera gel is rich in enzymes and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties and anti inflammatory properties.  It can be very helpful to soothe digestive issues, and is also good for acid reflex.  Aloe Vera is easy to grow at home so its cheap.  Use the gel from the inside of the leaf and if you like add a bit of a lime or lemon and blend with a hand blender it makes it more palatable when drinking.
  • Bone Broth – Bone broth is easily digested, and contains immune-optimizing components that are foundational building blocks for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. It is incredibly healing to your gut.
  • Fermented vegetables – Fermented foods are detoxifiers and contain high levels of beneficial bacteria to optimize your gut flora.  They also have high level of antioxidants.   Even if you only have a quarter to a half cup per day, this is beneficial.
  • Kefir (fermented milk) and coconut kefir (fermented coconut water) – These are rich in probiotics and enzymes to for that healthy bacterial balance and a good healthy gut.
  • Chia Seeds – Gluten free and containing about 10 grams of fiber in just two tablespoons,  they’re rich in anti-inflammatory phytochemicals for soothing gastrointestinal distress. One of chia seeds’ greatest qualities is how easy they are to use. They have a mild flavor so they are easy to add to recipes.  When mixed with liquid they will become like a gel, so if you would rather have a crunch, just sprinkle them on your food before eating.  You can always mix with yoghurt.

Source: Read more here http://www.livestrong.com/article/349067-list-of-good-bacteria-in-yogurt/ http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20551987,00.html