Top Foods to Improve Digestion
Most of us struggle with digestive issues and bloating from time to time. Our digestive system can affect everything from our mood and stress levels to sleep function, nutrient absorption, toxin elimination and much more. Poor digestion is often the cause uncomfortable symptoms such as constipation, bloating and abdominal pain. I get a lot of questions about the best foods to improve digestion, so I wanted to share a few of my go-to’s.
These powerful little seeds are amazing for digestion because they are full of fiber and because their prebiotic function supports healthy bacterial growth. Chia seeds are so easy to incorporate into our diets, so I think they are a great way to support healthy digestion. Sprinkle them on top of salads and smoothies or check out my recipe for a delicious Check out my overnight Chia Seed Pudding!
Ginger is known for its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger coats the stomach lining, so it can really help with bloating and gas pain. It is also another ingredient that can easily be incorporated into our diets. I personally like brewing some fresh ginger tea and adding it to recipes like my Carrot Ginger soup.
Oats are amazing for digestion because their prebiotic properties help balance our microbiome and consequently reduce bloating. They are also great because their fiber content helps to keep us fuller for longer. I love this Pumpkin Oatmeal in the fall and winter and I also like incorporating oats into sweet treats like my favorite Chewy PB & Banana Oat Squares.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love zucchini! This vegetable is great for digestion because it is extremely hydrating and is packed with fiber. Its water content can help to cleanse our digestive tract by having a slight laxative effect. I have so many different zucchini recipes on my website, so make sure to take a look at the countless ways to incorporate them into your diet! My most popular is the Zucchini Ravioli.
Bone broth is incredible for gut health. It is full of amino acids which bind to fluids in the digestive system, allowing it to flow more smoothly. The glutamine content also helps to protect the intestinal wall and alleviate symptoms of leaky gut and IBS. Check out this post where I go more in depth about the benefits of bone broth.
Wild caught salmon is great for digestive health because its high omega-3 fatty acid content helps to reduce inflammation. I have several different salmon recipes but I love this Pesto and Salmon with High Fiber Fettuccini because it is full of healthy fats and fiber which are both great for digestion.