Millions of people suffer from digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, and gas. It’s reported that 15 percent of people living in Western countries have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS (an acute form of gut sensitivity).
Overeating, or eating foods that are unhealthy tend to create issues with digestion, but taking good, nutritional superfoods may help you get back on track. A healthy lifestyle can help you live life better, both mentally and physically.
The Top 5 Superfoods to Help You Improve Your Body’s Digestion
Improve your digestive health by adding these superfoods to your diet.
1. Flax Seeds
Several studies have shown that flaxseed can help improve human health. Flax seeds are high fiber foods that are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and B complex vitamins. Their composition helps promote mobility of the gut and regular bowel movements. As prebiotics, they are capable of nourishing the gut bacteria.*
Your digestive tract is lined with friendly bacteria called probiotics which aid the digestive process. Yogurt is a natural source of probiotic cultures and is an excellent choice for strengthening your digestive tract.*
In a study conducted by PubMed Central, IBS patients were made to regularly consume Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt. Within three weeks, the patients reported improved stool frequency and consistency.
One cup yogurt provides a massive 49% of your daily RDI of calcium.
3. Omega 3 Supplements
Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies state that these fatty acids manage symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease by eliminating constipation.
Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel have omega 3. You can also bypass the first and get omegas directly from the source - algae. FeelGood Superfoods® Vegan Omega 3 Softgels are an easy and sustainable way to add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.
4. Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy vegetables are phenomenal superfoods that provide an excellent source of fiber and other nutrients like vitamin A, C, K, and folate.
Research conducted by John Hopkins Medicine reported that a specific type of sugar present in the vegetables were responsible for fueling the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Spinach, kale, collard greens and cabbage are some of the healthiest leafy vegetables you can buy.
5. Low-Fructose Fruits
If you are prone to issues of gas and bloating, reduce the consumption of fructose, which is high in fruits like apples, mangoes, and pears.
You can opt for low-fructose fruits such as grapefruit, bananas and citrus fruits. Not only are they more easily tolerated by the gut, but they are rich in fiber and contain a substance called inulin which is known for stimulating the growth of good bacteria (probiotics) in the gut.*
Small dietary changes go a long way. With these superfoods, you should be able to support your digestive tract and improve your overall health.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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