3 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Reducing Digestive Stress
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I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed, I get gut issues galore. Whether it’s bloating, gas, or other poop problems, stress does a number to my tummy. This is partly because when stressed, fight/flight/freeze mode, otherwise known as the sympathetic system, takes over and shuts down digestion in order to direct blood flow to the extremities. While this is great if you’re being chased by a lion, it’s bad news for your lunch! Here are foods that do wonders for lowering digestive inflammation.
The spice turmeric has been recognized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Studies show that curcumin, its main component, is an extremely potent anti-inflammatory shown to aid conditions like digestive issues. Personally, I’ve seen amazing results from taking turmeric supplements and including it regularly into my diet. Turmeric lattes and sprinkling it on top of eggs are great ways to get it in!
P.S. It’s best to consume it with black pepper, as that’s been shown to increase absorption.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an awesome source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3s. But for digestion purposes, the real kicker here is the fiber. Fiber gets your system moving and feeds the good bacteria in your gut — both essential to great digestion.
I drink chia seed water every morning and regularly eat chia-infused foods like chia crackers, puddings, and smoothies. My tummy feels so much relief!
3. Ginger Tea
Ginger is a more well-known spice in Asian cuisines. But it’s more than a yummy addition to your takeout; ginger has compounds, known as gingerols and shogaols, that can help with nausea, cramping, bloating, gas, and indigestion.
If you have digestive stress, drinking it in tea form can be a great way to benefit from its effects. About once a week I’ll slice up some ginger, boil it in water, remove the ginger pieces, and voilà, ginger tea. Add a touch of honey for your sweet tooth, and the benefits of the sweetener's own anti-inflammatory properties kick in.
What Helps You?
Everyone’s microbiome is different, which means everyone responds differently to digestive stress. Which foods and remedies help you? If you don’t know, now is a good time to find out. Use my top three as inspiration and start experimenting.