Food and Digestion

Hopefully your skin is fully aglow after our last post, but sometimes it’s how we feel on the inside that really matters. That is why today’s post is dedicated to foods that help aide digestion and ease stomach pain.

1. Cabbage: Cabbage is a type of fiber that’s not digested, so it helps eliminate waste, keeping bowel movements regular. Kimchi and Sauerkraut are good for the same reasons so if you don’t care for cabbage, you have some options.

2. Ginger: This spice has been used for thousands of years as a safe way to relieve nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, morning sickness, gas, loss of appetite, and colic. But it’s best to consume it in moderation. High doses of ginger can backfire; more than 2 to 4 grams per day can cause heartburn.

3. Bananas: They help restore normal bowel function, especially if you have diarrhea (say, from too much wine??) And they restore electrolytes and potassium that may be lost due to runny stool. This fruit also has lots of fiber to aid digestion.

4. Fish/Fish Oil: Fish oil has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties. This can benefit not only your heart, but your digestive tract as well. To start, add fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel in your diet, all good foods for digestion. However, the amount of fish oil needed for a real benefit is large and may require supplements. What doctors and researchers know at this point is that people with irritable bowel syndrome, one of the most common reasons for visiting the gastroenterologist, may not be consuming enough of the omega-3 fatty acids from fish. An analysis of blood from 91 adults showed that those with IBS had the lowest levels of these healthy fats in their blood, according to research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology.

Are there any foods that you know you are supposed to eat but don’t know why? Let us know! The FITgals are here to help!

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