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6 Fruits That Can Be Both Good And Bad For Your Digestion

6 Fruits That Can Be Both Good And Bad For Your Digestion

Fruits are always considered to be a good source of nutrients and fibre to keep your digestion healthy, but not all fruits have the same effect. Below are six popular fruits that we consume when trying to keep a healthy diet. Here we take an in-depth look to see which ones are truly beneficial and which ones are not.

1. Papaya

Papayas are a healthy source of nutrients such as vitamins A, B and C, carotenes, dietary fiber and other minerals such as potassium, riboflavin and magnesium. They are also low in calories. Since they contain an abundance of dietary fibre and high water content, papayas are very helpful in decreasing constipation. The digestive enzymes present in papaya, papain and chymopapain, help break down proteins from meat, poultry and fish and stops them from converting into fat. The amino acids in papaya help prevent symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) by accelerating digestion. If unable to find or eat papayas, green papaya supplements are another convenient way for your regular intake of papain, which improves digestion and allows you to avoid problems.

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    On the other hand, papaya can cause allergic reactions in certain people, especially those who are easily prone to allergic attacks or are allergic to latex. Papayas contain chitanases, which causes cross-reaction between latex and the foods that contain them, according to the George Mateljan Foundation. It’s important to mention that the latex in green papaya can cause miscarriage and therefore is a big NO for pregnant women.

    Verdict: Unless you are allergic or pregnant, then by all means, go ahead and consume that beautiful sunset colored bliss and ease your constipation.

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    2. Berries

    Berries are a mixture of good news and bad news when it comes to digestion. They are a naturally rich source of fibre, minerals and antioxidants, but they are also known to cause stomach cramps in some people due to either fibre overload or allergies.

    Because they are so full of fibre, your body may not be as receptive to such a big amount of it all at once, and can actually reject it, causing stomach cramps and disorder in the digestive system. Most berries contain some amount of fructose. To some people, fructose can cause difficulty in absorbing them and induce digestive problems.

    Verdict: Berries are good, but too many berries may actually harm your system. Moderation is the key in this case. Introduce such high fibre food to your diet slowly. Also, drinking plenty of water in addition to taking high fibre foods can lower risks and symptoms of digestive problems.

    3. Apple

    Who has not ever heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Actually, an apple a day can keep anyone away, if you throw it at them hard enough (drumroll, please.)

    Lame jokes aside, apples also stand on the same position as berries. On one hand, they are a good source of nutrients and are high in fibre. On the other hand, apples being high in fibre are actually problematic.

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      Apples contain a soluble fibre which is called pectin, and the skin of the apple contains insoluble fibre as well. At the same time, apples have high quantities of fructose in them. Eating too much of the insoluble fibre can actually harm your digestive system and cause constipation. On the other hand, the high amount of fructose can lead to bloating or even diarrhoea.

      Verdict: Instead of finishing one apple after another, try slicing up one apple a day and go through the slices throughout the day as a snack. Also remember to take plenty of water to balance the intake of high fibre. If you are having a really problematic time with your digestion, go easy on the apples.

      4. Watermelon

      Watermelon contains about 92 percent of water, hence the name. But apart from that, watermelon also contains vitamins, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acid. It is a good fruit to keep you hydrated, but the sweetness and the high fibre will also cause bloating and indigestion, if taken in high amounts. Overconsumption of lycopene can lead to gastrointestinal disturbances.

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        Verdict: Watermelon needs to be eaten in moderation. And though it is called watermelon, it is safer to drink water with it as well, to make sure the high fibre doesn’t cause problems.

        5. Dragonfruit

        So apparently dragonfruits don’t resemble, well, dragons. I was disappointed.

        What I was not disappointed by is its beneficial abilities for your body. Not only is it helpful for reducing digestive problems, it also promotes growth of probiotics in your body. It contains soluble fibre which is more easily digestible.

        So far, there had been no reported side effects of dragonfruit.

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          Verdict: Since it is an exotic fruit, you may want to introduce it slowly to your diet and your body. It is a good source of fibre and nutrients and helpful to reducing digestive problems. Try it out! I am going to try it myself.

          Besides, how cool would it be to say you ate a dragon – even though it is in the form of a fruit. Sweet!

          6. Banana

          Bananas are my personal favorite to-go fruit. Apart from being high in potassium, it also restores electrolytes in your body. The help restore bowel function to normal if suffering from diarrhoea. Their fibre content is just the right amount for helping with digestive problems. There remains some arguments as to which type of bananas are healthier for eating, the green ones or the fully ripened one. Though the fully ripened ones have black spots and are squishy, they are also the better ones to eat. But you can try to introduce the green ones to your diet slowly and see how your body reacts.

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            Verdict: Go bananas! Snacking on one or two bananas a day has been recommended for a healthy and clean diet.

            The next time you are having digestion problems, try one of these six fruits. Use them wisely and you’ll feel better in no time.

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            Last Updated on July 23, 2019

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

            Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

            How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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            • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
            • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
            • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
            • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
            • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
            • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

            When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

            1. Realize You’re Not Alone

            Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

            2. Find What Inspires You

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            Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

            On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

            3. Give Yourself a Break

            When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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            Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

            4. Shake up Your Routines

            Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

            Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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            When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

            5. Start with a Small Step

            Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

            Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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            Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

            Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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