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Digestive health depends a lot on the food we eat. Some foods can cause inflammation in the intestines and lead to the development of diseases, while others can, on the contrary, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, aid proper absorption of nutrients, and so on.
Here are some foods that are essential for maintaining a healthy gut on a regular basis.
Due to the high content of pectin (a type of soluble fiber), apples can improve the intestinal microflora, which not only depends on digestion, but also on the functioning of the immune system and the brain. Pectin also reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol and prevents the development of cardiovascular diseases. This was confirmed by a study conducted by scientists from the University of Reading (England) and published by the National Library of Medicine.
Bananas are high in dietary fiber, including prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides, which are an excellent “food” for beneficial gut bacteria and promote their reproduction. In addition to prebiotics, bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium and electrolytes needed for muscle contraction and heart health.
Chia seeds are a real treasure trove of nutrients: they contain fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium, etc. Thanks to this rich chemical composition, chia seeds can improve digestion and prevent the development of inflammatory diseases, reduce cholesterol level and protect against elevation Sudden in the blood sugar. Most often, these seeds are added to smoothies, yogurt, and cereals, but some people eat them with spoons after soaking them in hot water.
Barley is a high-quality whole grain product rich in prebiotics, iron, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Typically, barley is used to make porridge, soup, bread, kvass, and even homemade beer. This product keeps a feeling of fullness and reduces appetite for a long time, so it is great for people trying to lose weight.
If you’re not eating this particular smelling but incredibly healthy food, you should fix this, because onions can reduce your risk of stomach cancer, one of the most common types of cancer. Because they are high in inulin (a type of fiber) and fructo-oligosaccharides, onions promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that reduce inflammation and protect against serious diseases.