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Eight Attractive Recipes for Better Digestive Health

Eight Attractive Recipes for Better Digestive Health

The timing for the idea of this post was coincidental to me. I suffer from a disruptive digestive system, and I am sure I cannot be the only one in the world who does. Naturally, I am always on the lookout for recipes that help calm my system and that are also delicious to eat. Seriously, I need my food to taste good. It is not just an option for me. It is a requirement.
Here are eight recipes I looked up that are not only appetizing, but also easy to make and help keep the digestive system healthy.

1. This Superfood Smoothie contains pineapple, papaya, coconut oil, cabbage, and ginger. Papaya is known to be helpful for unruly digestive systems, and pineapples contain enzymes that increase protein digestion. If you are worried about the taste, you can use less cabbage in this recipe. Just chop up the pineapple, papaya, and cabbage. Add a quarter teaspoon of papaya seeds, ginger, coconut oil, and yogurt. Blend it until the desired consistency is reached. Follow this link to get the recipe for this smoothie.

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    2. Water is one of the best sources of health. Daily having 6-8 glasses of water will not only make your digestive system better, it also allows for better skin and regulates bowel movements to make you healthier. Water also tastes bland, so here is a recipe on the various food items you can use to detox your water to improve your digestion as well as add some flavor. For example, add apple slices and cinnamon to a pitcher of water and let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to get the Apple Cinnamon Detox Water! Ta-da! Flavored water, at your fingertips! I feel awesome already.

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      3. Try this recipe for a healthy breakfast that is also nurturing for digestion. Use one cup grated zucchini, one ripe, mashed banana, ground flaxseeds, pitted dates to make this healthy paleo zucchini bread recipe. Flaxseeds have a mildly laxative effect which regularizes the bowel movement. Its best to use it as ground flaxseeds or flax oil.

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        4. Peanut butter plus bananas plus oats equals delicious and healthy breakfast that your digestive system will also love. Need I say more? I can’t wait to try it out. All you have to do is mix oats, almond milk, and chia seeds and freeze it overnight. Chia seeds are a good source of soluble fiber and magnesium, and they promote regular muscle contractions and bowel movement. It is best to eat chia seeds after soaking them properly to get rid of the antinutrients.
        In the morning, add yogurt, peanut butter, bananas and (if desired, chocolate chip cookies), and you have a healthy and tasty breakfast ready in minutes.

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          5. The health benefits of bone broths are numerous. It is known to heal leaky guts, detox livers, fight infections and most importantly, help with the digestive system. I found a delicious bone broth recipe that uses either beef or chicken bones, as well as vegetables added into the mix for flavor. The broth can be used as soup bases or frozen for later use.

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            6. Too much raw kale can actually cause some harm to the body, but there is nothing against the cooked variation. A hearty soup with kale, carrots, tomatoes and squash can not only be light and filling, but also help your body and keep it in a naturalize state. Just roast the vegetables for 45 minutes, puree the tomatoes with roasted garlic and onions, add it to the soup base and you will have a delicious meal in front of you in no time. Go through the recipe for the details.

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              7. If you are like I am and feel unable to cut off meat completely, try using lean meat instead to help keep a healthy digestive system. This chicken recipe is really appealing and also allows for healthy digestion. Use boneless and skinless chicken breasts for this one to keep the meat lean and your digestive system happy.

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                8. For seafood lovers, here is a recipe that will help with digestion. Salmon have long been known to contain omega 3, and this recipe also uses cucumber and avocado, all of which are beneficial for a healthy digestive system. For this meal, boil the noodles until soft, grill the skinless salmon medium-high heat, cut cucumber and avocado, and mix everything together with vinaigrette. Click here to get the full recipe.

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                  And there you go- eight recipes to keep your digestion healthy and your mind happy. Which one is your favourite? Let us know, and thank you for reading this article.

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                  Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                  We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                  We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                  So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                  Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                  What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                  Boundaries are limits

                  —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                  Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                  Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                  Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                  Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                  How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                  Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                  1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                  Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                  You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                  To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                  You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                  • When do you feel disrespected?
                  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                  • When do you want to be alone?
                  • How much space do you need?

                  You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                  2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                  Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                  Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                  3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                  Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                  That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                  Sample language:

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                  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                  Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                  4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                  Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                  Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                  Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                  We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                  It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                  It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                  Final Thoughts

                  Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                  Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                  Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                  The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                  Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                  Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                  They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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