A survey commissioned by NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City revealed that 74 percent of Americans suffer from digestive problems, including diarrhea, gas, bloating and abdominal pain. According to one gastroenterologist involved in the study,changing one's diet will often relieve the problem.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, New York Times author on health issues, recommends these five superfoods for digestive health:
- Fermented vegetables: Not just any vegetables, but fermented veggies, have high levels of antioxidants and fiber that will help improve digestive health. Examples of fermented vegetables include sauerkraut and other cultured vegetables.
- Red cabbage: Red cabbage contains an amino acid, L-glutamine, which helps heal the soft tissue lining in the intestines. It's good for anyone with stomach problems like ulcers, colitis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Chia seeds: Just two tablespoons of this little seed will go a long way to ease tummy trouble. They are also gluten free, good news for people who are gluten-intolerant.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory food. It is effective on Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and it works well for constipation and ulcers, too.
- Bone broth: Bone broth is made by boiling poultry, beef or fish bones until they break down. Bone broth is easily digested and extremely healing to the gastrointestinal area. It contains anti-inflammatory amino acids proline, glycine, and glutamine, as well as calcium, phosphorus and other good minerals.