Five foods for a healthy tummy

by Laura Agar Wilson on December 15, 2012

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Having a healthy digestive system is not just important for our physical health, but also good for our over all wellbeing. I know a lot of us can struggle with tummy issues and they can have a real impact on our day to day lives. I want to share this article giving us 5 top foods for supporting a healthy tummy, enjoy!

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Yum, yum and good for your tum!

What you eat can have a massive effect on how you feel afterwards. It’s amazing how some foods you think are healthy can be bad for your tummy, whereas others keep things moving smoothly!

When people eat lots of processed foods they feel sluggish and tired afterwards, but when they eat a healthy diet they have more energy, which is the right way round. Below are five foods that help your tummy and the most delicious ways to eat them.

1. Pineapple

This delicious fruit kick-starts your metabolism, and combats bloating and nausea; It’s amazing cold and cubed as a snack, as well as thrown into salads (try pineapple, avocado, peanuts and red pepper, with a lime and olive oil dressing) or coated in agave syrup and left to caramelise on the barbecue.

2. Ginger

This wonder-root can prevent diarrhoea and flatulence, and soothe nausea. It is a great alternative to coffee, with hot water and a squeeze of lemon, sometimes honey too. It’s also nice as a base for Thai curries and stir-fries, grated and cooked with onions and garlic.

3. Yoghurt

The live variety contains probiotics, the friendly bacteria your body needs for a healthy gut. Drizzle natural yoghurt on fruit salads, whizz it up with berries and flaxseed for a morning smoothie, or blend with spices for a light and healthy marinade. If you have a stash in the fridge you can add a dollop to soups and curries for an extra creamy finish.

4. Mint

There’s nothing like a fresh mint tea to round off a meal. It’s useful as it freshens your breath as well as helping digestion. Fresh mint is gorgeous shredded on strawberries, and topped with a drizzle of fresh orange juice, and works in practically any salad: Try it with quinoa, pistachio, chopped dried apricots and avocado.

5. Oats

Oats are a ‘soluble’ fibre meaning they keep your bowels moving nicely. They’re also versatile. You can bake them in nut butter and spices for a healthy (and sugar free) granola, blend with coconut milk and raisins for a warming porridge, or add to home-made soup for extra bulk and goodness.

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I love that the 5 foods suggested are all commonly available in any supermarket! Ginger, oats and yoghurt are big favourites of mine too. Have you used any of these foods to support your digestive health? How did they work for you?

*post in partnership with healthspan

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Abi December 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

there is no one food that ‘kick-stars’ your metabolism, for a health ‘guru’ you should know this, it is all a fad!

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Laura December 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Fair enough point, although I do disagree somewhat and think that some foods can give your metabolism a boost and I believe that the reference to pineapple in this article is with regards to the enzymes present in it. One thing I’ve found with nutrition is how highly contested it can be, so thanks for your comment as it really made me think and reminded me to double check in with my own views on these things :-)

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Shel@PeachyPalate December 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Gotta be careful with the mint though; good for problems in the small intestine but it can irritate problems with stomach acid so if indigestion occurs just after eating fennel or ginger are good options!
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Laura December 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks for that tip!

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sarahf December 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

After havng a horrific stomach bug this week, I needed this! I’ve stocked up on yogurt, and I love peppermint tea. I didn’t know about the pineapple though, will be adding that to salads as soon as I can! Thanks for the tips.
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Laura December 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

Glad it was useful, hope you recover from that stomach bug soon!

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AnnaA December 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

Not all of the foods listed work for me personally, although they are great for most people, but i have to say my stomach is a ‘special case!’
My number 1 healthy tummy food is whole linseeds. If any of your future clients have IBS it would definitely be worth a try. Just a sprinkle on cereal or added to biscuits, cakes or bread. Also, peppermint capsules after each meal can be really helpful.

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Laura December 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Well this is it, I’ve found that its a very individual thing, that’s why I was interested to see how they’ve worked for other people. For example fermented foods are usually promoted for good digestive health, but I know some people who have tried them and its made them poorly. My work colleague also swears by linseeds – especially for constipation issues. I’ve heard of peppermint tea for digestion but not capsules, will have to keep my eyes open for them!

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AnnaA December 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Some peppermint capsules haven’t worked for me but i seem to tolerate the Holland & Barrett Vegetarian/vegan tablets even though they don’t have a gel coating.
I try to stick to low FODMAPS foods which seems to help me. However, even some of those foods such as fermented foods like sauerkraut are no good for me. Unfortunatley it’s trial and error for each person.

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Lexi December 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Definitely ginger root, I use this a lot in cooking and love a slice + a slice of lemon in warm water when it’s cold! Also I love oats, I find they are really easy to digest and yummy with it :)
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Christina December 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

Ooh I guess I’m lucky that I love all of those ingredients!
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