FOOD/HEALTH

Superfoods For Easy Digestion

Superfoods For Easy DigestionThe breakdown of food into smaller parts for easy absorption and assimilation by the body is vital for digestion to take place.

A healthy digestion will reduce abdominal discomfort, bloating, excessive belching, indigestion, and other ailments of the stomach.

That said, it is very important to ensure that the food one eats promotes easy digestion.

Here are some superfoods to consider in this process:

Bananas

The unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and low glycemic carbohydrates in bananas makes it a key nutritious food to have and enjoy. A medium size banana contains 3 grams of total fiber. This helps helps regulate the rate of digestion as well as stimulate bowel movements.

Beetroot

This vegetable contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Beetroots rich betaine content helps increase stomach acidity to control bacteria and yeast in the system, prevent food intolerances and reduce bloating. Beetroot has also been linked to the lowering of blood pressure and is said to be used in Roman times to treat fever, constipation, skin problems — and was used as an aphrodisiac.

Pineapple

Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which provides support for healthy digestion. This fruit is not only very rich in vitamin C and manganese but also contains a good amount of copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, fiber, folate and pantothenic acid. The protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapple also reduces excessive inflammation and coagulation of the blood.

Sweet Potatoes

This starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous root vegetable have so many unique nutritional benefits to offer that it boggles the mind. Sweet potatoes contain good amounts of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitaminB6 and C and magnesium that all help with the digestion process. They can be used to treat peptic ulcers and serious inflammatory bowel problems. Passing through the digestive tract, potatoes help to lower the potential health risk posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals.

Avocados

These fruits are not only an excellent source of healthful fats but also contains close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-Vitamins, and folic acid. They are loaded with fiber and are easy to digest.

Oats

The health benefits of oats are well documented in many studies over the years. Its high fiber content supports healthy digestion as it scrubs through the intestines, moving the food along to maintain bowel regularity and prevent constipation.

Emily Billings, Readers Bureau Contributor