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10 Super Foods That Aid Digestion And Heal The Gut

10 Super Foods That Aid Digestion And Heal The Gut

Healthy digestion is a complex, but silent mechanism in your body that continues to take place while you eat, sleep or work. If your body isn’t digesting food properly, it can really impact your life! The negative effects of a stressful lifestyle and wrong eating habits will accumulate and create serious problems with the digestive tract which can be extremely debilitating.

These foods should be part of your regular diet to to rejuvenate and maintain your digestive health.

1.Lemon/Lime

Lemon is great for alkalizing the body. It will help regulate your body’s PH levels and keep your gut healthy! It’s also an amazing source of vitamin C and electrolytes. Squeeze a full lemon in a cup of warm water, and drink it, instead of your morning coffee. It works best on an empty stomach and will really kick start your digestion.

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2. Turmeric

The most beneficial component in Turmeric is curcumin. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient can help heal stomach ulcers and other digestive issues. Just make sure you consume it on a regular basis. There are many ways to boost your absorption of curcumin!

3. Bone Broth

A warm, delicious, gelatinous bone broth is great for your digestive tract. Nutrient dense bone broth has a very jelly like texture when cold, but when heated it it melts easily back to its soupy form. The gelatin, collagen and protein collected within a bone broth, from slow cooking various bones for hours and hours are easily digested and help rebuild the gut!

4. Ginger

Ginger is anti-inflammatory and has proven to help with digestion. It has many medicinal properties. Use ginger to kick start your digestion and help clean out your system! Consume more of this easily by drinking ginger and lemon herbal teas, these are readily available in many supermarkets. You can also brew your own by grating ginger into hot water, and allowing it to steep for a while.

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5. Mint

Mint can really help sooth your stomach and help with nausea! It tastes amazing and is the perfect palate cleanser after a meal. This can be consumed in the form of a really tasty herbal tea!

6. Cinnamon

Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon is a great addition to your diet. Sprinkle it over desserts or try adding it in teas for extra flavor and health benefits.

7. Fermented foods

You really need to consume more fermented foods to aid digestion. Fermented foods can help promote the growth of good gut bacteria. Many people become ill and contract debilitating digestive disorders, when they have an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria! Their bad gut bacteria in this instance will be more dominant.

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If this is the case, symptoms can range from bloating and gas to diarrhea. Slowly increase your intake of more fermented foods like Kefir, Kimchi and natural yogurts. This will help restore your healthy gut bacteria.

8. Omega 3’s

Omega 3’s can be consumed in the form of fish oil, or just by eating more fish. Salmon is a great source of omega-3’s, and is really delicious. These fatty acids can reduce inflammation and heal your gut from digestive disorders. Omega-3’s also promote heart health and can reduce rheumatoid arthritis.

9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a fantastic addition to your diet. It contains medium chain fatty acids which are easily digestible. They are also metabolized in a way that produces therapeutic benefits to your brain! This is important due to the strong gut and brain connection – a healthy gut makes a happy brain and vice versa.

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It has proven to be effective in healing people with candida problems (yeast infections in the stomach) and is known for its antibacterial properties. Its very easy to include in your diet. Use it as a substitute for various cooking oils or even spread it on you bread as a butter/margarine alternative!

10. Bananas

Bananas are very high in fiber! In fact 70% of its fiber is insoluble. This type of fiber can help move food down the digestive tract and regulate your bowel movements. The other 30% of fiber a banana contains is soluble fiber. This type of fiber can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of fats and carbohydrates.

Conclusion:

Now let’s bring this all together. It may seem like a lot of new foods to add into your diet, but it’s really easy. Why not start your day with a healthy juice shot! Mix lemon juice, finely grated ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric into a shot glass. Then gulp it down every morning, to reap the health benefits, with no hassle at all!

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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