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Make Your Tummy Smile with These 4 Foods

Jeanine Suah - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Make Your Tummy Smile with These 4 Foods

Did you know that 70% of your immune system is located in your gut?! YES! SE-VEN-TEE PER-CENT (emphasis on those 't's). That figure will definitely make you rethink those generous glasses of wine or that yummy vanilla bean cheesecake you had last night at dinner. What you put into your body definitely has an effect on your overall health. Going the extra mile to ensure that your digestive system is healthy and fully functioning is as easy as eating the right foods! Make your tummy happy and healthy with these four staple foods:

1. Yogurt

Yogurt contains healthy bacteria and probiotics that replenish the normal flora in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics are live yeasts and bacteria that possess metabolic functions that support digestion. I'm sure you've seen those Activia Yogurt commercials with Jamie Lee Curtis, right? A little cup of yogurt a day can be the difference between smooth stools and constipation.We'd choose the former any day!


2. Whole Grains

Whole grains are key to healthy digestion. Whole grains include whole-wheat bread, oats, and brown rice. All too often, we choose the white rice or white bread over the whole options. Whole grains retain many of the vitamins and minerals (including fiber and protein) that the bleached versions do not. Not only can they reduce the risk of heart disease and constipation, but they can also help you manage your weight by keeping you fuller, longer. Yay whole grains!


3. Bananas

This beat is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Surprise! Bananas are wonderful for restoring normal bowel functions--whether you are constipated or have diarrhea. I know we're getting a little "graphic" with all of our poop talk, but it's all in reference your health so you'll survive. Bananas also restore electrolytes and potassium levels in your body and possess lots of juicy fiber to help you stay regular.


4. Ginger

Ginger is like that clutch best friend who makes you feel better when you need her the most. Ginger relieves nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, gas, bloating, and loss of appetite. If you're Jamaican, ginger tea can be a mother's cure for all ailments (and it works, too). Tummy hurts? Ginger tea. Feel dizzy? Ginger tea. Leg broken? Ginger tea. Ginger is absolutely amazing in aiding digestion, but it's best when consumed in moderation. If not, it can cause heartburn which can lead to discomfort and irritation of the esophagus.