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People tend to eat what they like. However, if your stomach feels upset or you face issues in the bathroom, you may want to incorporate foods that will improve your digestive health into your diet. Here are a few of my favorites.
If you’re experiencing digestive issues, I recommend having yogurt for breakfast. Yogurts come packed with natural probiotics, which promote good gut health. Look for yogurts containing live and active cultures, such as Greek yogurt, to gain the most benefit from this food and always opt for organic grass fed dairy like this amazing yogurt from Kalona Supernatural. I love to eat yogurt with berries and a handful of homemade granola. I also often put a dollop of yogurt in my morning smoothie.
Dried figs are wonderful foods that help improve digestive health. I personally enjoy having these as a snack. Figs provide plenty of fiber and other vitamins that help keep you regular. In addition, figs have many health benefits, including assisting people with diabetes with their sugar levels and promoting good heart health.
A smoothie is a great way to get additional fiber from fruits and vegetables into your diet. I prefer to use frozen fruit and veggies when I make my smoothies at home, but I love these Kencko smoothie packs from travel (or when I’m not near a blender.) You just mix them with water (or plant milk) and they’re ready to drink in a minute with all of the fiber and no added sugars. Check out my full review and you’ll save 15% on your first order when you shop with my link and use code GROWNUPDISH15.
Some people give carbs a bad rap, but consuming complex carbs can help with digestion and give you a boost in energy. Like figs, this food also comes with fiber. I suggest looking for items with the term “whole wheat” on the package. Some great options to consider are:
Another fruit that can get you back on track is avocado. Avocados contain healthy fats that can lower bad cholesterol. I love to pair half of an avocado with a piece of whole wheat toast and an egg, which provides a great mix of fiber and protein in the morning. Or try my life-changing paleo guacamole recipe!
Another food that contains natural probiotics is miso. This paste contains fermented soybeans as the main ingredient. As with yogurt, eating it can help create good bacteria in your gut.
Miso is an essential part of a popular soup in Japan, and people enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which makes it very versatile.