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Foods that improve digestion

Foods that improve digestion

Mireia Cervera 08 September 2016

In this post we propose a list of 7 foods that help us to have better digestion, avoiding abdominal bloating, annoying flatulence, and constipation.

Poor digestions can produceCirse at any time of the year, but it is especially in summer when digestive problems tend to increase due to jet lag and bad summer eating practices. Hearty breakfasts, messy mealsdays, daily snacks in the pool or on the beach, ice cream, bags of potatoes, sugary soft drinks, alcoholic beverages ... all this ends up causing us to feel bloated, gas and constipation. Some symptoms that can be really uncomfortabletwo for those who suffer from them. But for this we have our kit of foods that promote digestion and help reduce them.

  1. Apple: its content in pectin , a soluble vegetable fiber, promotes digestion and prevents intestinal fermentation. Thus avoiding annoying gas and bloating. Just eat a couple of pieces of manzana to notice its effects.
  2. Pineapple: due to its bromelain enzyme content, it helps to break down proteins and digest them better. To take better advantage of its properties, it must be eaten fresh, sliced, and between meals.The fresher, the higher its bromelain content. A good piece of pineapple after eating will help us digest food better.
  3. Ginger : this aromatic root is used especially in oriental cuisineal, both grated and in thin slices. Ginger contains two components ( gingerol and shogaol ) that help stimulate the flow of digestive juices from the body, such as saliva, gastric and bile secretions. The bestway to consume it to improve digestion is to take it as an infusion. Add a tablespoon for each cup of water and boil for three to five minutes.
  4. Fennel : its essential oilsthem ( anethole, fenchone and estragole ) confer antiflatulent, antispasmodic, carminative and diuretic properties. For the symptomatic treatment of digestive disorders, such as flatulence and digestionSlow seeds are often used for their carminative properties. We can also consume raw fennel in salads, stir-fry or in the oven.
  5. The carrot: its frequent consumption helps the intestine to functionnormally and correctly. This is because its vitamin A content helps us protect and regenerate the digestive membranes. In addition, carrots, due to their fiber content, are natural laxatives, not irritating to the intestine. Can be consumedraw, grated in salads, in juices ( B-Carotene ), boiled, steamed, in purees or creams.
  6. Fermented cabbage or sauerkraut: a couple of cucEating before meals stimulates the production of stomach acids that are involved in digestion . It also contains beneficial bacteria for the intestines, which balance the intestinal flora and help maintain good health.transit.
  7. Artichoke : contains cynarin , responsible for the bitter taste. This aromatic compound stimulates the production of bile, helping the digestion of fats. Also rich in inulin thatit has a prebiotic effect to prevent intestinal ailments.


And finally, to maintain the proper functioning of the digestive tract, we must not only take care of what we eat but it is also important to follow the principles ofref = "/ en / alimentacion-mindfulness"> Mindfulness eating and eating calmly and chewing food well. Eating slowly prevents air from being swallowed and helps teeth have enough time to grind foodto and mix it with saliva (digestion begins in the mouth), in this way the food will take less time in the stomach and intestine, which will decrease the production of gastric acids and gases.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale