Foods that Help Digestion
The following foods have been found to fight disease and help
digestion. You may want to incorporate some of these foods into your
diet on a regular bases. Choosing the rights foods can also act as a
Reduces cholesterol and contains anti-cancer agents. Has mild
antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic (estrogen
creation) activity. High in fiber, helps avoid constipation,
Soothes the stomach. Good for dyspepsia (upset stomach.) Strengthens
the stomach lining against acid and ulcers. Has antibiotic activity.
High in potassium which lowers blood pressure.
Acts as an unusual type of antibiotic by blocking attachment of
bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. Will curb diarrhea.
Also, has antiviral activity and is high in natural htmlirin.
Super food source of beta-carotene, a powerful anticancer,
artery-protecting, immune-boosting, infection-fighting antioxidant
with wide protective powers. A carrot a day slashed stroke rates in
women by 68 percent. One medium carrot's worth of beta-carotene cuts
lung cancer risk in half, even among former heavy smokers. Carrot’s
reduce angina and heart disease. Carrots' high soluble fiber
depresses blood cholesterol, and promotes regularity.
Note: Cooking does not destroy beta-carotene; in fact,
light cooking can make it easier for the body to absorb.
Caffeine, depending on an individual's biological makeup and
sensitivity, can be a mood elevator and mental energizer. Improves
mental performance. Caffeine is an emergency remedy for asthma.
Also, regular coffee drinkers have less asthma and wheezing. Dilates
bronchial passages. Mildly addictive. Triggers headaches, anxiety
and panic attacks in some. In excess, may cause psychiatric
disturbances. Definitely promotes insomnia. Promotes bowel movement
in many, diarrhea in others. Speeds up metabolism and promotes fat
Avoid corn. Anticancer and antiviral activity, possibly
induced by corn's content of protease (protein) inhibitors. Corn has
been found to have estrogen-boosting capabilities. A very common
cause of food intolerance linked to symptoms of rheumatoid
arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and migraine-related
epilepsy in children.
Strong antibiotic properties with unusual abilities to prevent
infectious bacteria from sticking to cells lining the bladder and
urinary tract; thus, helps prevent recurring urinary tract (bladder)
infections. Also, has antiviral activity.
High in natural htmlirin. Has laxative effect. Dried fruits,
including dates, are linked to lower rates of certain cancers,
especially pancreatic cancer. Contains compounds that may cause
A spice common in the Middle East and available in many U.S. food
markets. Has antidiabetic powers. Helps control surges of blood
sugar and insulin. Has antidiarrheal, anti-ulcer, antidiabetic,
anticancer powers, lowers blood pressure and prevents intestinal
Long used in folklore to fight cancer. Both extracts of figs and the
fig compound benzaldehyde have helped shrink tumors in humans,
according to Japanese tests. Has laxative, anti-ulcer, antibacterial
and antiparasitic powers. Figs have been found to trigger headaches
in some people.
An all-around wonder drug, used to treat an array of ills since the
dawn of civilization. Garlic is an antibiotic that combats bacteria,
intestinal parasites and viruses. In high doses it has cured
encephalitis (sleeping sickness). Lowers blood pressure and blood
cholesterol, discourages dangerous blood clotting. Two or three
cloves a day cut the odds of subsequent heart attacks in half for
heart patients. The National Cancer Institute lists it as a
potential cancer-preventive food. Lessens chances of stomach cancer
in particular. Acts as a decongestant, expectorant, antispasmodic,
anti-inflammatory agent. Boosts immune responses. Helps relieve gas.
Has antidiarrheal, estrogenic and diuretic activity. Appears to lift
mood and has a mild calming effect. To fight bacteria, raw garlic is
better. However, cooking does not diminish garlic's blood thinning
and other cardioprotective capabilities, including releasing
Used for centuries in Asia to treat nausea, vomiting, headache,
chest congestion, cholera, colds, diarrhea, stomach ache,
rheumatism, and nervous diseases. Ginger is a proven anti-nausea,
anti-motion sickness remedy that matches or surpasses drugs such as
Framamine. Helps thwart and prevent migraine headaches and
osteoarthritis. Relieves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Acts as
an antithrombotic and anti-inflammatory agent in humans. Also, has
anti-depressant, antidiarrheal and strong antioxidant activity.
Ranks very high in anticancer activity.
Avoid nonfat milk. Cancer-fighting powers, possibly against colon,
lung, stomach and cervical cancers. May help prevent high blood
pressure. Skim milk may lower blood cholesterol. Milk fat
(saturated) promotes cancer and heart disease. In some people milk
can trigger allergic reactions, induce joint pain, produce symptoms
of arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.
Contrary to popular belief, milk stimulates production of stomach
acid and retards healing of ulcers.
A couple of bowls of oat bran or three bowls of oatmeal a day can
depress cholesterol by 10 percent or more, depending on individual
responses. Oats help stabilize blood sugar, have estrogenic and
antioxidant activity. They also contain psychoactive compounds that
may combat nicotine cravings and have antidepressant powers. High
doses can cure gas, abdominal bloating and pain in some. Oats, like
other cereals, can trigger food intolerance in susceptible persons,
causing chronic bowel distress.
A well-known laxative. High in fiber, sorbitol and natural htmlirin.
(White and Brown) Antidiarrheal, anticancer activity. Like other
seeds, contains anticancer protease inhibitors. Of all grains and
cereals, it is the least likely to provoke intestinal gas or adverse
reactions (intolerance), causing bowel distress such as spastic
colon. Rice bran is excellent against constipation, lowers
cholesterol and tends to block development of kidney stones. Brown
rice lowers blood glucose levels better than white rice, because the
pancreas produces less insulin, which prevents excess insulin from
being stored as fat.
Avoid sugar. A sedative, sleep inducer, painkiller, tranquilizer,
antidepressant. Very antibacterial. Helps heal wounds when applied
externally. May be related to Crohn's disease. Triggers rises in
Avoid wheat products. High-fiber whole wheat, and particularly wheat
bran, rank as the world's greatest preventive of constipation. Wheat
can suppress polyps that can develop into colon cancer. On the
negative side, wheat ranks exceedingly high as a trigger for food
intolerance and allergies.
An ancient wonder food, strongly antibacterial and anticancer. A cup
or two of yogurt a day boosts immune functioning by stimulating
production of gamma interferon. Also spurs activity of natural
killer cells that attack viruses and tumors. A daily cup of yogurt
reduced colds and other upper respiratory infections in humans.
Helps prevent and cure diarrhea. A daily cup of yogurt with
acidophilus cultures prevents vaginitis (yeast infections) in women.
Helps fight bone problems, such as osteoporosis, because of high
available calcium content. Plain old yogurt with L. bulgaricus and
S. thermophilus cultures, both live and dead, blocked lung cancers
in animals. Yogurt with live cultures is sage for people with