Greens that Ease the Digestive Flow
- Posted on: Feb 17 2015
Digestive aliments are no fun, as heartburn, acid indigestion, bloating, constipation, and the pain can seriously deplete your energy and can have a negative effect on one’s mental health, but there is help. If you are on a budget, or the antacids are not giving you the relief that you are looking for, the solution might actually be in your kitchen, as a healthy diet can be enough to help regulate your system. Sufferers of stomach diseases may be able to improve the quality of their life, as well as improve their health, by simply introducing more greens into their diet.
To help maintain an optimal digestive system, reach for these six foods that are sure to make your digestive system happy and regular:
A green that’s high in chlorophyll, asparagus aids in detoxification, and will also help with decreasing inflammation within the body. Unlike some other greens such as broccoli, asparagus is easy on the digestive system, as it’s easily digestible. Asparagus is a good source of fiber, and will help promote regularity and decrease bloating. Asparagus is one of the only vegetables to contain inulin, which helps feed the good bacteria that lives in the large intestines, and will also aid in the prevention of yeast overgrowth in the digestive system. In addition, asparagus is rich in folate, high in vitamins A, C, E, and K; contains a fair amount of protein (about 4 grams per cup), so make sure you add this delicious, naturally sweet green to salads, sauce, entrees, or even have it alone as a snack!
Make sure you add this delightful green to smoothies or in a salad, as this delicious peppery green is excellent for your digestive system due to the plant’s high content of Vitamin C and magnesium. These nutrients are excellent when your stress levels are high, will help with inflammation, and will also promote regularity due its high fiber content, as well as a healthy digestive system. In addition, arugula has a high nitrate content, which has been shown to enhance athletic performance, due to it reducing the amount of oxygen needed during exercise. Another plus, arugula helps to lower blood pressure, and has been linked to fighting multiple types of cancer, so use this wonderful green more often by adding it to smoothies or salads.
Cilantro is very similar to parsley, as this is an excellent green to consume that aids with detoxification. In addition to whisking out toxins such as lead and other heavy metals, this herb is excellent for your digestive system, and will help with regularity as cilantro gets most of its weight from water and provides a moderate amount of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber mixed with water will help move material through your digestive tract more efficiently, and will help you maintain bowel regularity and avoid issues with constipation. You can also try coriander seeds, which have similar benefits to cilantro due to it being the seed of the cilantro plant, and is also used for detoxifying and for its digestive health benefits as well. This herb is easy to get creative with, as it can be used in tacos, smoothies, soup, dip, and salads!
This herb is excellent at promoting cleansing, and the detoxification of heavy metals from the body. This amazing herb is packed full of protein, contains minerals such as iron, manganese, calcium, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids, chlorophyll, and beta-carotene. Parsley also has a much higher Vitamin C content than most other greens, is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, E, and offers a healthy dose of B vitamins. Due to parsley’s high enzyme content, it is excellent for improving overall digestion, and the elimination of waste. In addition, parsley stimulates digestion, and can help relieve water retention, flatulence, indigestion, and bloating. This great alkalizing herb is excellent in smoothies, salads, soups, pizzas, or even pureed into a dip!
Rich in potassium and Vitamin C, zucchini is easier to digest than some of the other high carbohydrate foods, and is low in starch. Its nutrients make this green excellent for inflammation, and will help keep things moving; zucchini will help promote regularity due to its excellent balance of insoluble fiber and soluble fiber that it contains. This high fiber content has a cleansing effect on our digestive system, and will act like a mild laxative by cleaning the walls of the intestines, preventing carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. In addition, zucchini is rich in chlorophyll and has a high amount of water content, making it naturally alkalizing and will help soothe the stomach. Zucchini is pretty filling, so it’s great to have alone as a snack, good for homemade noodles (makes a great replacement for grains in lasagna), grilled, or in a salad!
This amazing single-cell blue-green algae superfood will benefit your digestive system, help keep the body alkaline, and will aid in detoxification of the body. It might not sound appealing, and the smell of the chlorella might make you shrug your nose at it, but its smell and taste is easier to mask than you think, and its health benefits far outweigh any of the negatives. Chlorella is typically a favorite of vegan athletes as it’s very high in protein, high in B vitamins (including B12), vitamin C, vitamin E, and is one of the highest sources of pure chlorophyll that exists. Often referred to as ‘nature’s multivitamin’, chlorella can help with tissue regeneration, boosts healthy cell growth, and reduces inflammation. Chlorella is excellent for digestion, as it promotes the production of healthy bacterium throughout the digestive system; aiding the digestive system and helping it repair. It is also beneficial in the fight against candida and yeast overgrowth in the digestive system. Chlorella is excellent in mixed with juice, smoothies, dip, yogurt, cereal, and sprinkled on salads.
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