Are you looking to find ways to naturally regulate your digestion system?
Has this ever happened to you? You take the time to actually sit down and eat what you think is a healthy meal. You chew your food well, savor every morsel and stop when you’re satisfied but not completely stuffed. You’ve done everything right. But an hour or so later, your start experiencing digestive problems.
You feel like you just ate a sack of rocks instead of lentil soup or whole grain toast. You’re bloated and uncomfortable. Been there? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans experience digestion problems. It’s frustrating, uncomfortable and often seems totally random.
If you’ve spoken to your doctor and she can’t find anything wrong with you, you’re probably relieved, but frustrated that you’re still experiencing problems with your digestive system. Without any explanation and no treatment plan.
There are many reasons people experience problems with their digestive system for seemingly no reason, from food sensitivities to enzyme deficiencies. While there is no single panacea, here are some types foods good for digestion that you can incorporate into your diet:
- Fermented foods. Fermented foods like pickles, yogurt, aged cheese and miso are easy on your gut because they’re already digested to some extent. The healthy bacteria in these foods have already done a lot of the work of breaking down the sugars and proteins they contain, so they’re not left to ferment in your gut (which can cause uncomfortable gas and bloating).
- High-fiber foods. Foods like vegetables and legumes (lentils, kidney beans) and nuts help flush waste from your body. It is important to note, however, that if you don’t already eat a lot of these foods that you introduce them gradually and drink plenty of water with them.
- Spices. Spices not only add a kick to otherwise bland vegetable dishes, but they also help your body get a jump on digestions as soon as you taste them. Spices like cumin, garlic, cinnamon, coriander and cayenne and black pepper help digestion by increasing saliva and bile production.
What foods have you found are good for your digestion?