You’ve got a stomachache. It hurts.
Maybe you feel like the bathroom has become your second office.
Or perhaps the thought of eating anything fills you with dread.
Digestive troubles aren’t fun, but if you’ve been struggling, there are loads of soothing, anti-inflammatory foods that you can include into your diet that will help you feel better. Here are a few of my favourite gut-soothing foods.
This delicious oil is full of medium-chain triglycerides, which are digested quickly and easily, plus they’re used immediately for energy (not stored for later as fat). Coconut oil keeps us feeling satiated, helps us balance our blood sugar and supports our immune system, which can be wonky for those with chronic digestive issues. Coconut oil’s high proportion of a particular fat called lauric acid lends it antimicrobial properties – and this is especially helpful if we’ve got a nasty bacterial overgrowth in the gut.
I like to add coconut oil to my tea or other hot drinks when I’m not feeling well, and I’ll often just lick it straight from the spoon.
Carrots are extremely high in beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A – a key nutrient that supports the mucosal tissue of the digestive tract and helps reduce intestinal inflammation. There are plenty of other antioxidants in carrots, too, and these help to combat free radical damage.
Steam and mash your carrots (a bit of coconut oil and sea salt makes them extra delicious), or blend them into a soup along with other easy-to-digest, anti-inflammatory foods like yams, ginger or greens.
I love chia seeds for their mucilaginous quality, which helps to calm an inflamed digestive tract. They’re full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, as well as fibre that keeps us pooping regularly and produces good bacteria in the colon.
Chia seeds are fantastic in smoothies, puddings and breakfast porridges.
There isn’t much that an avocado won’t fix in my book. Avocados contain a wide range of beneficial anti-inflammatory nutrients, including omega-3s, antioxidants, phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, which are compounds that suppress inflammation (and even provide protection from sun damage).
What foods soothe you when you’ve got a stomachache?
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