Heal your gut

People say, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. But actually, it is not only the way to the heart, but an ultimate route to a person’s good health. Your gut (gastrointestinal tract) is a dynamic organ and if not taken good care of, it can lead to a volley of health problems. Imagine your body as a car, your stomach as a petrol tank of your car and the food you eat as the petrol. If you refill your tank with low quality or adulterated petrol, your car is bound to give you problems. Your stomach does everything, from digesting, assimilating and absorbing the nutrients in your food which up your immunity and fitness levels. Healthy foods can help to repair your gut cells so that your body tank works at its best, Always! So below given are some foods which can help keep your stomach and body healthy and fit:
1. Fruits: We humans are actually fruitarians. Our body eternally loves fruits as it nourishes it and helps to maintain an alkaline Ph which heals, repairs and cures all the cells in your body. Fruits have all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fight the toxins in your gut and hence prevent them from being absorbed into your system.
2. Yoghurt: It is an excellent source of probiotics which are friendly bacteria that strengthen your immune system, protect against disease causing bacteria and infections and help in proper digestion and absorption of food thereby relieving gas and bloating. Yoghurt can be relished with fruits, in the form of raita or buttermilk.
3. Oats: It is rich in soluble fiber which is fermented in the large intestine to produce beneficial bacteria and reduce the levels of harmful ones. This helps to resist infections and improve overall well being. The soluble fiber in oats also helps to reduce cholesterol levels. You can add oats to your soup, idli, dosa to add to the fiber in your diet.
4. Chicken and fish: They contain very high amount of an important amino acid GLUTAMINE. Glutamine is the preferred fuel source for cells lining the small intestine. It prevents the absorption of harmful molecules and helps in the production of antioxidants that protect all the organs of the body. Enjoy them in steamed, roasted or grilled form to gain maximum health benefits.
5. Whole grains: Such as whole wheat, jowar, ragi, brown rice etc have good amount of insoluble fiber which increases your fecal bulk and reduces constipation, gas and bloating. Add wheat bran to your whole grains for additional fiber.
6. Aloevera juice: It is an amazing de-toxifier. It prevents heartburn and acidity, soothes the digestive system, helps in irritable bowel syndrome, and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Consume 100 ml aloevera juice empty stomach early morning for its best effects.
7. Lemon: Lemon juice is like a surf detergent for your system and helps to clear all the unwanted acids, juices and toxins from your body preventing you from falling ill often. It also helps the gut to heal and cells to rejuvenate.

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