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Top ten foods for a healthy tummy

Fibre

Fibre is very important for digestion and defecation. Soluble fibre, found in oats, vegetables and pulses could help keep bowels moving.

Fish

Oily fish is a vital ingredient for a healthy digestive system. The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are anti-inflammatory. They help to heal the mucosal lining and protect the body from toxins produced in the gut. Olive oil, sunflower seeds and flaxseed are other great fatty acids sources.

Fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are good for digestion because they are ‘live’ foods. This means they come with their own enzymes to help with their digestion. ‘Dead’ foods, such as processed foods, require the body to produce all the enzymes for their digestion. This requires a lot of energy which can cause tiredness at the end of a heavy meal.

Garlic

A good antibiotic that could help with infectious diarrhoea, indigestion and wind is garlic. Basil and sage are two more herbs that contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and soothing properties.

Ginger, dill and fennel

Ginger is a great root to aid digestion as it can help reduce colic spasms, wind, nausea and diarrhoea. Dill and fennel could also have the same effect.

Lemons

Lemons are a good source of vitamin C and help the digestive system break down essential minerals, such as calcium, in food.

Papaya and pineapple

Papaya and pineapple have digestive enzymes which could help bloating and nausea after a big meal. They are also known for their healing effects.

Peppermint and rosemary

Peppermint and rosemary have a very calming effect and can help with intestinal spasm and flatulence.

Probiotics

Probiotics are essential to help digestion. However, foods that may contain some probiotics, such as yoghurt and fermented milk, do not contain enough to keep the digestive system going, so a good supplement is recommended.

Water

Water is essential for our digestive system and for all other processes that go on in the body. Our bodies are 70% water and every chemical in the body either contains water or is suspended in water. Therefore, it is important to drink at least 1-2 litres of water daily to keep your body hydrated.