I believe the digestive system is the core of life energy, intuition and longevity.
Unfortunately, we’re turning into a bloated and constipated nation.
We spend millions on laxatives, antacids, fiber, and enzymes when often a healthy diet is enough to regulate things.
To maintain optimal digestive health and avoid many modern diseases, I recommend adding these six happy belly foods to your diet.
1. Cultured Vegetables
Lacto-fermented or cultured veggies, such as pickles, kimchee and sauerkraut, are potent detoxifiers. Although their name may sound intimidating, these crisp, tangy veggies are not difficult to make or eat.
These veggies have very high levels of probiotics (significantly more than probiotic supplements at a fraction of the cost!), and also break down and eliminate heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
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Making lacto-fermented veggies takes nothing more than salt, vegetables and filtered water (and a starter culture should you choose) — no canning or fancy equipment required!
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala, and are an incredibly rich source of nutrients and antioxidants.
These tasteless, tiny seeds are either dark brown, white or black, and are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10 grams of fiber, which reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol and regulates bowel function.
That’s 33% of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day in just two tablespoons!
Feeling adventurous? Since the outer layer of chia seeds swell when mixed with liquids to form a gel, you can use them as an egg replacement. Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let sit for 15 minutes.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, has a sweet and nutty taste, and is an excellent substitute for butter or oil.
Unlike its counterparts, it contains antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that can improve digestion, immunity, boost energy and metabolism.
Try using organic, unrefined, expeller-pressed coconut oil when cooking eggs, stir fries, roasting veggies and baking.