Food That Help Digestion

 

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 preventive measure.

Apple
Reduces cholesterol and contains anti-cancer agents. Has mild antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic (estrogen creation) activity. High in fiber, helps avoid constipation, suppresses appetite.

Banana
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.

Blueberry
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.

Carrot
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.

Coffee
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 utilization.

Corn
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.

Cranberry
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.

Dates
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 headaches.

Fenugreek Seeds
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 gas.

Fig
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.

Garlic
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 antithrombotic ajoene.

Ginger
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.

Nonfat Milk
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.

Oats
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.

Prunes
A well-known laxative. High in fiber, sorbitol and natural htmlirin.

Rice
(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.

Sugar
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 blood sugar.
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Wheat
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.

Yogurt
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 lactose intolerance.

 
 

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