Remember the last time your stomach cried out in pain, bubbling with gas? Turns out your problem is actually pretty common. 65 out of 100 Indians suffer from various gastrointestinal diseases. Surprised?!
Could you track down the reason for your pain? Was it the Panipuri at Panditji ki stall? Or was it because you stayed hungry for far too long? Maybe, it was all of those things. Maybe it’s just your lifestyle, the food that you eat.
There were days when children would stay playing outside till dark and wouldn’t come in until they heard their mother screaming at them. Today, thanks to TV, laptops, playstations and phones, children barely leave the house. They are so safe in potato chips’ company, on the couch. Perhaps you too fit in the above situation,don’t you? But is this really a story of just our children or ours too? The difference is just that we sit on a chair in our air-conditioned offices. The dramatic decrease in the level of physical activity in just 40-50 years is manifesting itself in obesity and diabetes. But we can’t be running around a park with our laptop and taking orders from our boss. Some of us can’t get enough time for physical exercise even if we wish to. We’re stuck in our daily hustle and bustle. One way to keep our tummy healthy is to modify our diet.
Here are a few food items which can keep our gut healthy:
Yogurt, probiotic food item, is effective in regulating the digestive system and decreasing gastric problem, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. It is also rich in protein, calcium and vitamin B.
If you’ve got a soft spot for chocolate, give yourself a little pat on the tummy. Turns out the antioxidants and fibres in dark chocolates are good for your gut.
Apple cider vinegar
Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water. Also, it is known to cure stomach pain,intestinal spasms and nausea.
Kefir is a probiotic drink made by fermentation of milk. It’s no less than magic as it cures abdominal pain or discomfort, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. It also boosts immunity.
Whole wheat is packed with fiber, which moves through your entire digestive tract, softening the stool. This translates to bowel regularity and lowers chances of constipation. Whole wheat also contains antioxidants and lowers LDL cholesterol levels.
A2 milk naturally supports our digestive system as A2 protein is closer to the protein found in human milk and doesn’t produce BCM-7 which is produced by A1 milk. A1 is responsible for bloating , upset stomach and symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Traditionally,cinnamon is used to treat muscular cramps, morning sickness and diarrhea, cinnamon is also effective for breaking up gas bubbles. Sprinkle its powder on savory food that you love. It is also known to lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients and cure common cold.
Warm water with lemon helps digestion as it contains citric acid. It interacts with other enzymes and acids which easily stimulate the secretion of gastric juice and digestion. Also, drinking lemon water in morning empty stomach will helps in flushing out the toxins.
This herb’s a natural remedy, for gastric problem which is one of the reasons you often see it offered at the end of a meal in Indian restaurants. Half a teaspoon of fennel seeds should do the trick.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that helps to increase the digestive juices and neutralizes the stomach, giving relief from an upset stomach,muscular cramps and stomach pain. It will effectively eliminate any extra gas from the intestinal tract.
Ah! What a variety of food we got in store. Go ahead folks and try them out. And if you know any other ways to keep your sensitive tummies healthy, share it with us in the comments.