Thursday, November 14

Fruits That Help With Digestion

It is believed that the digestive system is the core of life energy, intuition and longevity. Many think you should be able to digest just about any type of food you put in your mouth, but changes in food processing and preparation not to mention lifestyle means our stomachs don't always react well to everything we eat. Unfortunately, we're turning into a bloated and constipated nation. We spend millions on laxatives, antacids, fibre, and enzymes when often a healthy diet is enough to regulate things.

Here are a few fruits that help with digestion:

  1. Raspberries - Just 1 cup of raspberries contain 8g of fibre which is almost a third of the fibre that most of us need for an entire day. They are also low in sugar than most fruits which can be a great choice for anyone watching their blood sugars like diabetics or simply those on a fat loss plan.
  2. Apples - Having a healthy digestive tract is imperative for our overall health, as that’s how a body absorbs and utilizes all the amazing nutrients that is consumed by a person. Apples contain a unique type of fibre called pectin, which has been shown to help improve digestion because of its soluble nature and ability to bind to cholesterol or toxins in the body and “get rid of them”.
  3. Figs – small but a very delicious and sweet fruit. 1 cup of dried figs contain roughly 15g of fibre (it is a large serving), while 1 large raw fig contains 2g of fibre all on its own. It’s Ideal to have them with in salads, sandwiches, in smoothies, or topped on porridges.
  4. Prunes - Prunes are simply dried plums. One of the most well-known digestive friendly fruits out there due to their natural laxative effect on the body. Prunes contain a compound called dihydroxyphenyl isatin which helps stimulate the intestines to contract and move.  Prunes contain a great amount of both soluble and insoluble fibres which helps the body rid it of waste, add bulk to the stool, and move it along.
  5. Bananas - Bananas contain about 3-4g of fibre per banana, it also contains that special fibre called pectin which has been shown to help decrease and heal stomach ulcers as well as providing a healthy dose of prebiotics for our bodies to utilize as food for the good bacteria in our guts.
  6. Avocados - Avocados contain great amounts of fibre as well as healthy fats to keep our digestion moving along and lubricated. 

With a healthy digestive system you are less likely to reach out to your health insurance provider.