Top Foods to Heal Digestion
Singling out the root cause of all those tummy troubles can be difficult, but it's likely that for most of us, our diets and lifestyles are to blame. The typical Western diet, heavy in refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and low-quality protein sources—with very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables—can wreak havoc on our bodies and, in particular, on our digestive systems. But the good news is that, while bad food choices can cause major damage to the digestive system, good food choices can have the opposite effect. By introducing certain Nutrition foods into your diet, you can begin repairing your gut and healing digestion naturally. Try my favorite five foods to start feeling better fast!
Hands down, bone broth is my top food for healing digestion and leaky gut. But be clear: I'm not talking about the canned stuff you buy at the grocery store to use in recipes or make soup. I'm talking about bone broth the way our ancestors made it: with marrow, tendons, ligaments, and every other inedible part of the animal being boiled and then simmered over several days.
The simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, which can totally transform your digestive health. Collagen protects and soothes the digestive tract's lining—so much so that it sometimes helps people with food allergies and sensitivities begin to tolerate those foods.
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As an added bonus, if you've been suffering from skin issues as a result of poor digestion, collagen is amazing at improving skin's elasticity (hello, younger you) and reducing cellulite.
Coconut products—including coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water—are excellent for healing digestion and maintaining a healthy gut. Because they help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, coconut products help keep things flowing smoothly.
When it comes to healing digestion, probiotic foods have your back. Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body's ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. In fact, there are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than there are cells in your body. These little do-gooders make sure there is a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. It's when the imbalance tips too far in favor of the bad gut bugs that digestive issues (like IBS or poor digestive function) crop up.