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May 05

Super Foods | Digestive Tract

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Hello Friends and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Today you may be tempted to overindulge with the Mexican foods at lunch or dinner, but if you can, please keep these Super Foods in mind.

This list of Super Foods are those that help to “keep us regular” and being regular is having timely and trouble free bowel movements. When we become irregular or have diarrhea and constipation it can cause additional health concerns.

Super Foods A+ regulators

Stress, bacteria, reactions to food or medicines can cause irregularity and there are nutrients other than fiber that can help keep our digestive tracts on track.

  • Bananas – fight diarrhea with bananas which is also the first part of BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) to replace lost minerals
  • Chocolate – cocoa in dark chocolate limits the development of fluids that cause diarrhea
  • Rhubarb – the root extract relieves diarrhea and also keeps you regular
  • Pineapple – cure for constipation 
  • Apples – fixes both diarrhea and constipation and an unpeeled apple contains 5 grams of fiber to keep the bowels working

dark chocolate

  • Cereal – whole-grain cereals with fiber softens and bulks up your stools to keep them moving
  • Prunes – dried plums are the best natural laxatives
  • Beans – eating foods high in fiber such as beans helps avoid diverticulitis 
  • Cauliflower – prevent constipation with high fiber veggies such as cauliflower, eaten raw or cooked

prunes

 

  • Blueberries – high in fiber that is a sure-fire remedy for constipation
  • Water – helps fiber soften your stools and helps to move them through the digestive tract
  • Artichoke – eases irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – contains fiber, vitamin C and phytochemicals that stimulate bile production
  • Papaya – rich in fiber and antioxidants to help soothe IBS
  • Yogurt  live bacteria in yogurt helps to digest food and protects from harmful germs

yogurt with blueberries

 

  • Chicoryprebiotics is good bacteria for the digestive tract
  • Asparagus – vegetable that contains plenty of fiber and helps to keep away constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis
  • Almond Milk – regular milk may cause IBS and almond milk is a good alternative

Fiber or roughage refers to the parts of fruits, vegetables and grains that your body can’t digest.  There are two types of fiber: Soluable Fiber which helps to whisk away bad cholesterol and absorb carbohydrates.  Insoluable fiber passes through your digestive system and keeps your bowels moving smoothly.

Many high fiber foods are low in calories so you can actually eat more to lose weight and stay healthy and they may prevent conditions like constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.  

So enjoy the day, eat responsibly and I’ll see ya tomorrow.  

 

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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  1. Sheila

    Wow this was very helpful . My husband & I will be having Mexician for supper tonight from our favorite Mexican restaturant here in RVA and, I guess I need to get to the store and pick up more then a few items that I had no idea were so helpful with the digestive system. I had pretty much limited myself to yogurt and water, but today I see that there are all sorts of foods that can help aid the digestive system. Thanks for today’s entry and Cinco de Mayo to you and your family as well.

    1. DelBlogger

      You are quite welcome my dear, these foods are reminders of what our grandparents taught us. Funny how as you get older the things we took for granted turns out to be those which are very important to our mental and physical health!

      Have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be fixing Tacos for my men.

      1. Sheila

        That’s great my youngest son loves tacos wonder if he will be indulging in them in celebration of today. He’s away at school in Cullowhee, NC.

        1. DelBlogger

          I hope you all had a wonderful dinner – now back to eating smaller meals!

  2. Manhattan Image and Style

    What a great and informative post sweetie! Love it!

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    1. DelBlogger

      You are quite welcome. I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather – can’t wait to see your next outfit post!

  3. Mitzie Mee

    I love all sorts of berries. Not surprised to hear about the health benefits, -something that tastes so good, must be good for you I guess:)

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, fruits and veggies and anything unprocessed is good for you. Hope you are having a wonderful day…where ever you are – lol

  4. stylentonic

    this is for me! Yummy!

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, stay healthy my friend!

  5. Sharon

    Great list of foods. So happy to see dark chocolate in there. Haven’t had Mexican food in a while. I am definitely a person who gets indigestion a lot so I tend to shy away from it. Of course, a little won’t hurt and will definitely keep this list in mind….

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I was a bit surprised with the chocolate, but any excuse to eat it is fine by me! Stay away from the Mexican and stick with the milder foods, your stomach with thank you! I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday.

  6. Me And My Mini Me

    Hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, it was nice, and I hope it was the same for you and the family.

  7. Beauty Vancouver

    Another good reason to eat chocolate! 🙂

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