Nine foods to ease your digestion

As you get older, you are likely to encounter more problems with your digestion. As the muscles in your digestive tract become weaker and less efficient, and the tissue more prone to damage, it is likely to slow down. Common side effects of this may be heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain and even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  It’s important to take extra care of your gut to keep it as happy and healthy as possible. These nine foods do just that.

Fennel
This fibrous plant contains an antispasmodic agent that can reduce flatulence, cramping, bloating and improve the regularity of your digestive tract.

Yoghurt
Yoghurt with ‘active cultures’ is rich in probiotics – good bacteria that lives in your gut and can help with issues like constipation, diarrhea and bloating.

Natto
Made from fermented soybeans, Natto improves digestion and promotes the growth of good gut bacteria. It contains fibre and a high quantity of probiotics, protecting your body against harmful bacteria and toxins.

Peppermint oil
Studies by the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and the University of South Alabama have found that peppermint oil can be used as a fast acting, temporary relief for the symptoms of IBS. It contains menthol, a compound that may help relieve bloating, problems with bowel movement and stomach discomfort.

Chia Seeds
Chia seeds act as prebiotics, promoting the growth of good gut bacteria and are rich in fibre, aiding digestion.

Kimchi
Usually made from fermented cabbage, Kimchi is fibrous and packed with probiotics. These probiotics hep the growth of good bacteria in the colon, promoting bowl health.

Papaya
An enzyme, papain is found in papaya and helps to break down protein fibres during digestion. It can also help to relieve symptoms such as bloating, and constipation associated with IBS.

Miso
Most often consumed in miso soup, miso contains probiotics than can help ease digestions and promote gut health.

Ginger
Ginger lowers your risk of nausea, heartburn and stomach discomfort by moving food from your stomach to your small intestine quicker. It improves upper gastrointestinal symptoms and aids digestion by speeding up gastric emptying, a study has shown.

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Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

Written by Liv Gardiner

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