9 fat-burning foods that will help transform your body from the inside out
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The facts are there. You must have a healthy gut if you want to have a healthy body overall. Maintaining a healthy digestive system has been proven to be key when improving your diet and losing weight, but how do you go about doing that?
It seems so vague, right? Unless you know what foods help your digestive system, it could be just that—a vague idea. If you follow these tips and incorporate one, a few or even all of the following foods into your diet, your body will thank you.
9 Foods You Need To Incorporate Into Your Diet
Turmeric is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to maintaining a healthy gut. However, what is turmeric? Turmeric is a plant or herb associated with the ginger root family. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory powers that will dramatically help your digestive system.
You can incorporate it through foods in your diet, through the actual spice itself found in the spice section at the grocery store or through capsule form found alongside many other herbal supplements. Take it consistently, however, as this is key in terms of obtaining the benefits associated with the herb.
Give these delicious turmeric recipes a try – Turmeric Lentil Soup and Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie!
There is a reason why ginger ale has always been known to soothe an upset stomach. Like turmeric, ginger is another herb well-known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. In fact, the two herbs are related, so it comes as no surprise that both are excellent for gut health.
Ginger is good for digestion and cleaning out your system. Your options of consuming ginger are numerous. You can obtain them easily in capsule form, of course. However, you can drink ginger teas or consume ginger root directly incorporated in various foods.
3. Lemon or Lime
Adding a little lemon or lime to your water or food is an excellent way to help boost your digestive health. The reason for this is the alkalizing powers lemon has. The fruit helps with regulating the body’s PH levels which, in the end, helps keep your gut happy and healthy.
Lemon is also chock full of vitamin C and electrolytes. The idea can sound odd, but it is recommended that you drink lemon first thing in the morning in a cup of warm water. You can do this in lieu of your morning coffee, but you can have that coffee after consuming your warm lemon water.
Be sure to do this on an empty stomach, and be prepared to reap the digestive benefits.
Mint is another herb known for its digestive benefits. Like ginger, mint is also used in soothing an upset stomach and helping with nausea. Many people prefer the taste of mint over ginger, so if you prefer a mint tea rather than a ginger one, you will still receive the same benefits.
Mint is also an excellent way to cleanse your palate following a meal. Freeze some mint in ice cubes on a warm day, and you have added digestive benefits to your water.
Give this delicious Mojito Green Juice w/Ginger a try!
You see runners eating bananas all the time following a tough race, and there is a reason for this food choice. Bananas are high in fiber content, especially insoluble fiber, which is a specific type of fiber that helps digest food and regulates your bowel movements.
About 70 percent of the fiber in a banana is insoluble. The remaining 30 percent is soluble, meaning the fiber helps regulate your body’s blood sugar levels by assisting in slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates and fats in your diet. Plus, they are delicious and easy for snacking on the go.
6. Bone Broth
Do not be thrown off by the word “bone.” You are not drinking water with a bone floating around in it. Bone broth is excellent for your digestive tract, packed with full of nutrients and goes easily into any soup you are cooking.
The texture is gelatinous, and when it is cold, bone broth is very jelly-like in touch. However, warming bone broth does not reduce the benefits and can still help in making your gut that much happier and healthier.
7. Coconut Oil
For an extra boost of flavor to your food or beverage, coconut oil can give you an added taste of sweetness as well as added benefit to your diet. Coconut oil contains what are called medium chain fatty acids, which metabolize in your body in a manner that then give added therapeutic benefits directly to your brain.
ou would not know it but a healthy brain leads to a healthy gut. The two are very much related. Coconut oil has a history of healing powers for people who have candida problems or yeast infections in the stomach.
You can use coconut oil as a substitute for your normal cooking oil, spread it on your bread or pastry, or you could also add it to your coffee instead of your normal creamer.
Check out this article next: 101 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil!
8. Omega 3’s
You hear a lot about omega 3’s, but not many people know exactly what they are. Omega 3’s are fatty acids that help in reducing inflammation and assist in healing your digestive tract. They also are essential for heart health and have significant benefits for those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis.
You can directly get your daily dose of omega 3’s in capsule form, whether through flaxseed oil or fish oil, or you can simply eat more fish. Salmon has one of the highest’s numbers of omega 3’s in the body. Look up different recipes on how to serve salmon and you have a delicious source of your daily omega 3.
Like mint and ginger, cinnamon has numerous anti-inflammatory benefits. The reason for this is cinnamon is packed with loads of antioxidants which are very helpful in the battle towards better gut health. Cinnamon is easy to incorporate into your diet, as well. You can sprinkle some on your dessert, oatmeal or toast, or you can add some to your coffee or morning tea. Cinnamon also comes in capsule form for those who prefer to take their herbal supplements in that form.
You can sprinkle some on your dessert, oatmeal or toast, or you can add some to your coffee or morning tea. Cinnamon also comes in capsule form for those who prefer to take their herbal supplements in that form.
Here’s a delicious and decadent recipe with cinnamon – Warm Spiced Hasselback Apples!
Healthy Digestion Equals Happy Body
This list may seem overwhelming. Take it one item at a time. Survey the diet you already have. You may be surprised how many of these super foods you are already consuming.
Pick and choose the right one for you and, if you are feeling adventurous, incorporate two or three in your daily routine. Your body will thank you.