One of the reasons I tried the paleo lifestyle was because I felt like I was constantly bloated, every time I ate or drank. There’s honestly nothing more frustrating than having digestive symptoms like bloating, constipation, cramping and irregularity.
Did you know that your GI tract is home to more than 70% of your immune system? So that means when your digestive health is sick, you will be too! Typically bloating is often linked to food sensitivities like gluten and dairy – and if your unaware of what your sensitive too you’ll keep eating the wrong food. It’s also a sign of a slow digestion – meaning your stomach might not be eliminating toxins efficiently, so they are building up in your GI.
When I switched my diet and lifestyle, I realized digestive discomfort doesn’t have to be your norm – and there are several foods that help relieve the symptoms quickly, especially if you start your day with them!
7 Foods to Improve Digestion
Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost your immune system. Mixing fresh lemon juice with warm water in the morning and drinking it on an empty stomach can significantly reduce symptoms such as heartburn and bloating. The citric acid in the lemon also aids in the detoxification by maximizing enzyme function.
Unripe bananas contain a starch called resistant starch, which acts as a prebiotic. It can’t be digested by the body, but as it passes through your intestinal tract undigested it gets broken down by your colon. Prebiotics like resistant starch help keep your gut full of good bacteria, an essential thing for improving digestion.
3. Leafy Greens
Salad for breakfast, like what? The easiest way to have leafy greens in the morning is by adding them to a smoothie. Leafy greens add “bulk” to your stool and moves food through your GI tract quicker – plus it’s loaded with magnesium. Magnesium helps relieve constipation by improving contractions in the GI track.
Apples are loaded with a rich source of pectin. What’s pectin? Glad you asked. It’s an insoluble fiber and a natural remedy for relieving constipation. It’s main objective is to move stagnant wastes through your digestive system – so eating one on an empty stomach helps kick off your digestion!
It took me a while to get used to it, but once you do it does you wonders! It’s filled with probiotics which are an essential nutrient for improving digestive health. Probiotics are also found in fermented foods. Other benefits include prevention of overgrown bacteria and promoting nutrient absorption.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains fatty acids, called lauric acid that significantly improves digestion. It acts as a natural antimicrobial to help destroy bad bacteria and yeast from your GI tract. It also keeps you full for longer periods of time. Blend it with your coffee, or use it in a pan with some eggs – and start your day off on the right foot!
Flaxseed is known for having a mild laxative effect – relieving constipation and promoting bowel regularity. It contains soluble fiber that helps remove toxins from your GI, and it keeps your appetite satisfied longer.