8 Foods to Help You Ditch Digestive Distress
Why does it feel like us women have many more digestive issues than men? It feels like at times we can even look at food and automatically feel a bloat coming on. Good news, we've created a round up of friendly foods that actually take care of our tummies and help us ditch digestive distress.
Why: Apples are filled with a soluble fiber called pectin. Pectin helps food move through the digestive tract, increases stool bulk, and said to decrease inflammation in the colon.
My Girl Loves: A honeycrisp apple, almond butter, topped with cinnamon for an afternoon snack with added nutritional benefits.
2. Chia Seeds
Why: These small but mighty seeds are filled with fiber that help regulate bowel movements and promote the growth of probiotics in the gut.
My Girl Loves: We are huge fans of overnight chia pudding for breakfast. They are the perfect sweet treat in the morning plus they get things moving if you know what we mean. **winky face
Why: Probiotics in yogurt help boost healthy bacteria in the tummy and aid in digestion. They can also help with bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Note to self: not all yogurt contains probiotics so keep an eye out for labels reading live and active cultures.
My Girl Loves: We love to build a good yogurt bowl topped with seasonal fruit, granola, and almond butter. Not only will your belly be at ease but it will also keep you full for hours from the combination of protein, healthy fats, and carbs.
Why: To be honest, papaya is v underrated and deserves more credit. This magical tropical fruit contains a digestive enzyme called papain that is responsible for breaking down protein fibers, easing symptoms of IBS, and relieving constipation and bloating.
My Girl Loves: Squeeze a lime over a plate of papaya and eat it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning to cleanse your system and ensure a smooth bowel movement.
5. Dark Green Vegetables
Why: Like your mom always told you, eat your greens! But really.. dark green vegetables are filled with magnesium which helps relieve constipation by easing muscle contractions in your gastrointestinal tract.
Why: Ginger aids in digestion by speeding up the process that moves food from the stomach into the upper small intestine. Bonus: helps reduce bloating
My Girl Loves: Add a cube of ginger to a morning smoothie, take a ginger and lemon shot with a heavy meal, or lean in on some ginger tea before bedtime.
Why: Not only is this fish absolutely DELISH but it's an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids that deserve extra recognition in the digestion process. Omega-3's not only help reduce inflammation in the body but they fight off food intolerances, digestive disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease.
My Girl Loves: The great thing about salmon is that there are endless ways to prepare, top, and cook this fish - we've literally tried it all. Hands down, our all time favorite and unique recipe is this Pistachio Crusted Salmon, it won't let you down.
Why: Don't beat it on the beets! These red and golden roots are filled with fiber that are essential in feeding your healthy gut bacteria and also add bulk to your stool.
My Girl Loves: Juice it, blend it in a smoothie, or roast it into an incredible Goat Cheese & Pistachio Salad! (My Girl Hack: drizzle some truffle oil on top for an added mouthwatering experience).