10 Eating Tips for a Healthier Digestive System

Your digestive system plays a major role in the overall health of your body. The digestive tract is the system of organs that takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste.

When you eat foods, such as bread, meat and vegetables, they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. They must be broken into smaller molecules of nutrients before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts so the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide energy.

Eating tips for a healthier digestive system:

1. Eat whole grain foods like wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal couscous, brown rice, buckwheat, oats and more. These are good sources of fiber, which helps digestion.

Please note that wheat grains are not suitable for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. But a word of caution – if you over-eat fiber rich foods, it can backfire and create excessive gas. So see how your body reacts and always listen to your body.

2. Gluten and dairy – sensitivity to gluten and/or dairy products is a common cause of inflammation in the digestive tract. For example, some people are sensitive or allergic to the gluten contained in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Other people are sensitive to lactose, which is found in milk and other dairy products. Some people are sensitive to soy products. there are now food sensitivity tests that can help identify these issues. You can improve the symptoms by eliminating the food from your diet.

3. Choose vegetables that don’t cause swollen stomach and multiple gases. Avoid for the cabbage family vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, radish, kohlrabi, turnips and broccoli. Return them to the menu carefully while monitoring and testing that they are suitable to your digestive system. Overall eat five to six vegetables a day.

4. Prefer fish, especially those rich in omega-3 such as trout, mullet and salmon. Omega-3 plays a vital role in helping to ensure optimum digestion and healthy bowel function. Read here more about the amazing health benefits of omega-3. Taking omega 3 is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

5. Try to diversify vegetarian protein main meal instead of meat or fish for example: try to eat whole grains with legumes, brown rice and lentils or peas, wholemeal pita with hummus, wholemeal pasta with tomato sauce plus peas. The recommended ratio is the same amount of grains to legumes. Follow the intestinal response to eating beans and make sure they are actually comfortable to the digestive system.

6. Eat three fruits a day, including the skin.

7. Drink fennel tea to calm your digestive system.
8. Avoid fried foods.

9. From nuts/almonds family prefer walnuts which provide omega-3.

10. Document in a log book the food you ate and the symptoms of discomfort or any accompanying symptom of eating this food. Get to know your digestive system response to certain foods and different cooking methods. Prefer cooking in water, baking and grill.

source: healthyandnaturalworld