Title : Good Food To Help Your Digestion Previous | Next
Here is her list of foods that are high in nutritional value, provide medicinal benefits, and help promote sound and healthy digestion:
Yogurt – If you don’t like the sour taste try a fruity yogurt or try greek yogurt which is a thicker somewhat sweeter variety.
Bananas - Bananas are highly effective in people with diarrhea, ehlping tilt the balance in the colon in favor if helpful “friendly” bacteria. Dr. Lohsoonthorn and Dr. Danvivia, as reported in the Asian Pacific Journal of Public Health (1995) claim that eating bananas on a regular basis lowers the risk of developing cancer by half. Bananas are also believed to help prevent stroke.
Basil – Basil is valued for its anti-infection and soothing properties, and is widely prescribed for coughs, colds, indigestion, diarrhea, arthritis, colic, stress and food poisoning. Dr. S. Singh, in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (1999) tell us that the fixed oil of basil posesses significant anti-ulcer properties, especially the type of ulcers produced by aspirin and alcohol abuse. Basil has also been shown to be effective against diarrhea-causing bacteria such as Aeromonas, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella.
Hot Water - Hot water is an excellent way to detoxify the body and build digestive strength. Simmering a few slices of ginger root in boiling water makes a ginger root tea that stimulates digestion. Ginger in food has the same effect, as does candied ginger root eaten after meals. Other herbs that promote good digestion and make excellent herbal teas are chamomile, peppermint, and cinnamon.
Avoid overeating - Excessive intake of food greatly burdens the entire digestive system. Ancient Ayurvedic medicine recommends consuming the amount of food that will fit into two cupped hands at any meal. Practice moving away from the table while you are still a bit hungry.
Papaya – Papaya extract is sold at health-food stores and is taken by many people for its healing and stimulating qualities. If you suffer from a bloated or queasy feeling after eating a large meal, eat a papaya and see how fast the feeling goes away.
Sunflower seeds – Sunflower seeds have protein, as well as phosphorus, potassium, and omega-6 fatty acids. Purchase fresh-hulled varieties from natural food stores.
Garlic – In Chinese medicine garlic is used to combat infectious diarrhea, chronic cough, asthma, pneumonia, indigestions, intestinal gas, and skin rashes. Ayurvedic doctors use it for colds, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and nervous conditions.
Sit still and relax a few minutes after eating - Digestion is an amazing process — it turns tofu enchiladas into blood and tissue cells. Resting a few minutes after eating gets this very complicated process off to a good start by allowing your body’s resources to focus fully on the digestive engine.
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