“Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and bloating. Tummy issues are all but too common in today’s world. It is reported that over 86% of British adults have suffered from some form of gastrointestinal problem in the last year.
One of the most common gastrointestinal problems in the UK is indigestion with 53% of the population suffering from it. The reasons for this tummy issue are various but the most popular causes are due to a poor and unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, alcohol consumption and viruses.
Indigestion problems make gastronomy a negative experience for sufferers because they are constantly worried about the amounts of food they will consume and the later effects it may cause.
Nevertheless, are you tired of waking up in the middle of the night with indigestion? A healthy lifestyle and diet can reverse problems in the digestive system.
Superprof is here to show that there are delicious food options to choose from that favourably improve any digestive issues. Your digestive system and body will thank you later on!
The digestive system goes through many organs to make sure the body gets its needed nutrients. (Source: pixabay)
Before suggesting which foods, nutrients and vitamins are needed to have your digestive run smoothly, it is important to know what your digestive system is made up of and how it works.
The human digestive system is made of various organs such as the liver, pancreas and gallbladder and the GI tract (gastrointestinal). The GI tract is composed of various hollow organs joined together from the start (the mouth) to the finish (the anus). What goes down must come out!
The hollow organs that make up the GI tract are the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and anus.
Bacterias from the GI tract and parts of your nervous and circulatory system help digestion run smoothly.
Every part of the digestive system moves food and liquid from one part of your digestive system to another. In the process, the food gets broken down into smaller parts, small enough so that the body can absorb and distribute the minerals and nutrients to the right place.
If there are any disturbances or abnormalities in any part of the digestive system, tummy troubles will ensue. The body needs a correct amount of sleep to accurately digest the food you consumed.
Smaller bites of food and healthy diets are just some suggestions that contribute to the digestive system’s well-being.
Alright, so now we understand a little bit more about what is going on inside of our bodies, a question arises: which foods contribute to a more balanced lifestyle and effortless digestion?
Without a healthy regime, recipes and lifestyle tips many feel lost and unsure where to look to for advice. Also, there is so much health advice on the internet that contradicts itself.
However, one thing is certain: a good digestive health improves your overall well-being and happiness.
Say goodbye to waking up at 3 am looking for that bottle of Tums!
What foods contribute to healthy digestion?
Consuming the right fruits and veggies that contain fibre can improve your digestive health. (Source: Visual Hunt)
“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” -said every mom, everywhere since the beginning of time!
Well, your mom was right, eating the right fruits and vegetables that are filled with minerals, vitamins and most importantly fibre enhances your digestive health.
Fibre has many health benefits; it helps us stay regular, prevents constipation and diverticulosis and makes your stomach feel full without adding the extra calories.
Fruits and Vegetables that have Fibre and other important nutrients:
All of the aforementioned fruits and vegetables are delicious, healthy and easily accessible. The fibre and nutrients in these food items contribute to a very sane digestive system.
In order to take full advantage of the nutrients, these foods should be devoured raw. When cooking or boiling sometimes the nutrients get lost. Therefore, make juices, salads and breakfast parfaits with yoghurt! Is your mouth watering too or is it just me?
An adequate amount of protein needs to be consumed in a balanced diet, especially to have healthy digestion.
In today’s world, we get our protein from 2 main sources: animal foods (poultry, beef and fish) and plant-based foods (soy and different beans).
It is highly recommended to get the majority of your protein from non-animal based products.
We are not dissing meat or promoting a vegetarian diet because animal-based food products are great sources of minerals and vitamins but they are also full of saturated fats and can increase cholesterol levels. Things that a healthy person does not want!
Chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, white beans, nuts (walnuts, almonds and cashews) and soy products such as tofu have healthy fats without the cholesterol. Implement them in your diet and you will see that healthy and moderate amounts of these proteins will result in regular bowel movements and a healthy digestive system.
Yoghurt is a great source of healthy protein that helps digestion too. It provides the gut with good bacteria that helps in digesting food. Recommended for starting the day, or after a big meal like lunch or dinner to help things go down smoothly. No more awkward flatulence sounds in public for you!
Adding a little spice to your food can improve its flavour but can result in digestive and stomach issues. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Wondering why you are constantly coping with digestive problems? The answer is quite simple: you are most likely not watching your diet and consuming foods on a regular basis that may harm the digestive system and process.
Some of these harmful foods include:
If you listen to this advice, you will avoid unwanted stomach issues and extended periods in the bathroom!
Are you a health-conscious person eating healthy and consuming the correct nutrients yet still suffer from digestive problems?
Sometimes it may not only be what you eat but how you eat it.
Here are some suggestions:
A healthful lifestyle begins with a mindful diet and healthy habits. You only get one body and one digestive system, take care of it well!
Water is life, literally!
Staying hydrated and including a beverage during a meal are great steps towards healthy digestion.
Water is essential for good health and helps your body break down the food it just ingested. It also softens stool which prevents constipation.
It is recommended to drink 2 litres or 8 glasses of water per day. If you have a hard time with this make your water more interesting by adding mint, rosemary or basil with lemons, oranges or limes and cucumbers. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Liquids such as soups, fruit juices and decaffeinated teas are other great ways to stay hydrated and to keep your digestion healthy.
There you have it, many tips and tricks to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Consuming of the correct foods cannot be stressed enough. It is very important to remember that you are what you eat!
What is soluble and insoluble fibre?
Fibre can be classified into 2 categories: soluble and insoluble. Soluble slows down the time of transit through the digestive system whereas insoluble speeds it up. Oats and legumes are sources of soluble fibres while whole grains and the majority of vegetables have insoluble fibre.