Foods for digestion
Published on August 1, 2014
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10g of fibre, which reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel function. Mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with three spoons of water and let sit for 15 minutes.
Coconut oil has a sweet and nutty taste and is an excellent substitute for butter or oil. It contains antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that can improve digestion, immunity, boost energy and metabolism. Try using organic, unrefined, coconut oil when cooking eggs, stir fries, roasting veggies and baking.
Ghee is clarified butter with milkfats, sugar and lactose removed. Unlike butter, ghee retains its freshness for a year! While other oils slow down the body’s digestive process and give us a ‘heavy’ feeling, ghee stimulates the digestive system by encouraging the secretion of stomach acids to break down food.
Zucchini encourages healthy digestion and detoxifies the body. It has a cleansing effect on our digestive tract and acts as a mild laxative, cleaning the walls of the intestines and preventing carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. Most of the nutrients are in the skin, so leave it on. For maximum benefits, eat it raw.
Bone broth improves digestion, reduces inflammation and protects against infection. The gelatin in bone broth holds liquids that help heal the gut, supporting digestion. Bone broth also contains easy-to-absorb minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur chondroitin
Lacto-fermented veggies, such as pickles, kimchee and sauerkraut, are potent detoxifiers. Although their name may sound intimidating, these crisp, tangy veggies are not difficult to make or eat. These veggies have very high levels of probiotics (significantly more than probiotic supplements at a fraction of the cost!), and also break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Making lacto-fermented veggies takes nothing more than salt, vegetables and filtered water — no canning or fancy equipment required!
WILD ALASKAN SALMON
Wild Alaskan salmon is a delicious and healthy anti-inflammatory food, and, unlike Atlantic salmon and other farm-raised varieties, wild Alaskan salmon aren’t fed genetically modified food.