The word “poop” has been ingrained in our minds since childhood. And it remains apparent at every stage of life: from babyhood and our parents’ and doctors’ concern that things are “moving” frequently, to kids’ jokes on the playground, to getting older, when we actually start really caring about our, let’s call it, bodily “flow”!
I believe the digestive system is the central hub of the body. It is the core of life, energy, intuition, and longevity. Digestion is so important because without it we cannot receive nourishment for the overall health and well-being we desire. If our digestion is out of whack, we simply don’t absorb the vital nutrients we need from the good, whole foods we eat and the vitamins we take.
Unfortunately, we are turning into a bloated, undernourished, and constipated nation. We spend millions of dollars on laxatives, antacids, fiber replacements, and digestive enzymes when often a WHOLE healthy diet is enough to regulate things. To maintain optimal digestive health and avoid many diseases, I recommend eating a WHOLE-FOOD diet regularly! If we aren’t absorbing the necessary nutrients we need, we are merely surviving and not thriving! And, I mean, c’mon- who doesn’t want to thrive?! Below, find six happy, healthy belly foods to add to your diet, and a delicious easy-to-follow recipe to maintain digestive happiness.
Six Happy, Healthy Belly Foods
- COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has a sweet and nutty flavor, and is an excellent substitute for butter or oil. Unlike its many counterparts, coconut oil contains antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that improve digestion, immunity, boosts energy and metabolism. I, personally, cook everything in coconut oil.
Ghee is actually a clarified butter with many of the milkfats, sugar and lactose removed. While other fats and oils can slow down the body’s digestive process and give us that “heavy” feeling, ghee stimulates the digestive system by encouraging the secretion of stomach acids to break down foods.
- LACTO-FERMENTED VEGETABLES
Lacto-fermented veggies, such as pickles, kimchee and sauerkraut, are potent detoxifiers. These veggies have very high levels of probiotics (significantly higher than probiotic supplements) and at a fraction of the cost! They break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Yeah, they’re a little pungent and sound intimidating, but these crisp and tangy veggies are amazing in helping getting things “moving”!
Lentils are my absolute favorite legume. The insoluble fiber found in lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis.
- BONE BROTH
Bone Broth is a simple, easy, and cost-effective way to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and protect against infections. The gelatin found in bone broth attracts ad holds liquids that help heal and seal the gut, which supports effective digestion and gets things “flowing” properly.
- CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are an incredibly rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. These tiny seeds are either white, black, or dark brown, and are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals & antioxidants. Two tablespoons of chia seeds will provide 10 grams of fiber, which reduces internal inflammation, lowers cholesterol & regulates bowel movement.
Below, here’s a quick and easy-to-follow recipe loaded with nutrients, including the much needed FIBER to get things “flowing” just the right way! I like using my protein powder (Vega One) for added nutrients, but you can skip this part or use one you like. You can also prepare this recipe before bed and just pull it out of the fridge first thing in the morning, and you’re ready to go.
CHIA WANNA GET THINGS FLOWIN!
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
½ cup Almond Milk
¼ teaspoon Matcha powder
¼ teaspoon Protein powder (Vega One used in above photo)
¼ teaspoon Coconut flakes
¼ teaspoon Hemp seeds
Pinch Sea Salt
Pinch of Cinnamon
Slices of any fruit of choice
1. Combine the chia seeds, almond milk, matcha, protein powder, salt, cinnamon and cacoa in a small bowl and stir.
2. Place bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes to eat immediately, or overnight for morning.
3. Once the mixture has set, top it with hemp seeds and fruit of choice. And ENJOY!!!