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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 September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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