'You are what you eat', we’ve all heard this cliche before.
But sometimes this doesn’t ring true.
We much prefer this one, 'You are what you absorb'.
What we're trying to say to you is you can eat the best food in the world, but if you don’t actually digest and assimilate the food, it’s likely you’re flushing money down the toilet (literally).
And that is why a healthy digestive system is absolutely critical to anyone pursuing a healthier body.
Adding foods to your day that promote gut health is one of the easiest ways to help improve the digestion process.
This is why we have these below for you now, 5 of the best superfoods that help digestion.
Have you ever soaked your chia seeds for 10+ minutes before?
You’ll know then that it forms a gel-like substance.
In herbal terms, we would say this gel is a mucilaginous substance (not the most enticing word!).
But it is this consistency that gives the chia seed its fantastic gut loving effects as it helps move things through the intestines with greater ease.
And yes, that means it’s also going to help you poop!
On top of that benefit, the high fibre content in chia can also help to regulate your blood sugar.
How is that important for the gut?
A stable blood sugar leads to lower levels of inflammation throughout the body, which is certainly going to help the gut and everything else too!
Like chia seeds, ginger is a fantastic remedy for helping to lower inflammation.
But it is so much more than that too.
Ginger has been traditionally used by many herbalists and medicine people from times past for its warming effects, particularly on the stomach.
Many cultures will say the digestive system needs a certain level of heat to break food down so that we can absorb it.
We think anybody who has had a decent serve of ginger can attest to its warming and digestive improving effects.
On top of that, it’s also known as a spasmolytic, which means it can reduce tension in the digestive tract and improve overall digestion.
So ginger has many other potential benefits for you!
What makes the plant chicory so good for your digestion?
Two things mainly.
Firstly, its prebiotic fibres are great for helping to feed your gut bacteria.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is its bitterness.
Our mouth has bitter taste receptors.
When we eat bitter foods, it stimulates what is known as the cephalic phase of digestion, meaning you produce more of your digestive juices and enzymes when you need them most!
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If you're not a big fan of Chicory per se?
Not a problem.
Anything bitter will have a similar effect for you, though each bitter food is going to have its own nuances of course.
If you're not a fan of bitters at all, it's ok too.
It can take a bit of getting used to a bitter taste, especially here in the West, where in general we’ve removed these beautiful bitters from our diet for much of our lives.
If you try adding bitter tastes into your diet you'll find after a while your tastebuds will adjust.
And you may find you just salivate at the thought of these fantastic foods!
Like chicory, sauerkraut has two main benefits.
Firstly, if prepared correctly, it’s brimming with probiotics to help improve the overall health of our gut.
Secondly, the sourness in most fermented foods can also stimulate digestion similar to bitters.
If you're not a sauerkraut person?
You can try other fermented foods as well and see what pickles your fancy (you know our Super Cubes pun game is strong).
But be careful not to overdo it in the beginning.
Especially if you’ve not eaten fermented foods for quite some time because you might end up with a little discomfort.
Blueberries are rich in many fantastic compounds, but the spotlight for today is on their polyphenols.
Polyphenols are plant compounds that have many other potential health benefits as well as supporting your gut health.
Simply put, polyphenols may help by contributing to the maintenance of good bacteria in your gut.
And having healthier gut bacteria, equals a healthier you and potentially much better digestion in the end!
They also occur in many fruits, other berries, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, herbs, spices and many other types of products like tea etc too.
Including these digestion foods in your diet!
The great thing is, you don’t have to think of completely new dishes to implement these foods above to help with your digestive health.
Just make sure you keep adding them to your meals and try not to get sidetracked or seduced over to the dark side of food.
Because in the long term, it's you that's going to benefit the most by eating a variety of food and taking care of digestion at the same time.
Let us know what’s your favourite digestion helping superfood?