Ease your digestion with these nine foods

Taking care of your gut becomes more and more important as you get older. Eating these nine foods can make it easy.

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.





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    Ted Wards
    28th Oct 2019
    10:04am
    I guess it depends on which expert you talk to and what the study was paid to produce in terms of outcome. Yoghurt is full of sugar and sugar is very inflammatory in all of its forms
    KSS
    28th Oct 2019
    2:07pm
    Yogurt does not have to be full of sugar at all. Most of the natural yogurts do not have any suggar added. Add your won fruit.

    Check the label for brands that do not have added sugar or make your own. Very easy to do.
    Maggie
    28th Oct 2019
    10:53am
    Not all yoghurt contains sugar. There is plenty of sugar and additive free yoghurt available in several brands in our supermarkets or you can make your own at home - not complicated at all.
    Rapnok
    28th Oct 2019
    11:05am
    Is there a tablet that has these ingredients? I have constant nausea and this will help. Thanks.
    Maggie
    28th Oct 2019
    11:12am
    Medicinal cannabis helps a lot of people with nausea especially people undergoing chemotherapy. Your doc can also prescribe other med for you in tablet form one of which is called prochlorperazine.
    If you are nauseous all the time maybe a chat with the doc is the best starting point though. Hope you feel better soon.
    KSS
    28th Oct 2019
    2:14pm
    Maggie has the best advice by talking to your doctor (cannabis is not widely available in Australia and is strictly controlled).

    However, you can make your own ginger tea by putting some fresh ginger root in a teapot and add boiling water. Let it stand for a few minutes then strain and drink. Don't add milk or sugar!

    You can do the same with mint leaves or fennel (or fennel seeds). No need for a pill.

    I'd stay away from natto as this is quite an acquired taste and probably not one to try if you already feel sick.
    Blossom
    1st Dec 2019
    8:01pm
    If you lift the lid of your saucepan a few times while cooking cabbage and others in the same category the gas is released into the air and the food is easier to digest. We didn't believe it until we tried it. My Mum developed a Hiatus Hernia and some gassy foods made her vomit. When we started lifting the lid off during cooking, she gradually started eating them in small amounts (one thing at a time only) and she didn't vomit then.
    Blossom
    1st Dec 2019
    8:01pm
    If you lift the lid of your saucepan a few times while cooking cabbage and others in the same category the gas is released into the air and the food is easier to digest. We didn't believe it until we tried it. My Mum developed a Hiatus Hernia and some gassy foods made her vomit. When we started lifting the lid off during cooking, she gradually started eating them in small amounts (one thing at a time only) and she didn't vomit then.


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