10 Superfoods to Improve Digestion & Gut Health

Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 6 Comments
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Jeff Roberts | Collective Evolution

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Our digestive tract, also known as our gut, is one of the most sensitive and interconnected systems in our body. We now know that our our gut is directly linked to our brain health, with both systems having the ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system, meaning that our gut is essentially a portal to our overall health and mental well-being.

Unfortunately, many of us suffer from defective guts, caused by years of damage from foods that inflame or perforate our gut lining and promote the growth of ‘bad’ bacteria while lessening the ‘good’ bacteria, also known as probiotics. Some of these uncomfortable diseases can go unnoticed for decades, such as leaky gut or IBS, slowly ticking away at your quality of life until chronic disease manifests.


However, the good news is that we have the ability to heal our damaged guts, over time, by cutting out certain dietary triggers and replacing them with the right food sources.

Dr. Mercola has put together a wonderful list of 10 gut-healing superfoods that everyone should be incorporating into their regular diet regime, here they are!

10) Aloe Vera

As Mercola explains, “aloe vera gel is rich in enzymes and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it useful for soothing a number of digestive complaints.”

Aloe also contains high amounts of an immune-stimulating polysaccharide, especially mannose, which has been shown to induce white blood cells to secrete interferon, tumor necrosis factor, and beneficial cytokines.

Aloe is useful in the fight against:

  • Candida infections
  • Parasitic infections
  • Constipation
  • Ulcers, including those caused by H. pylori bacteria
  • Crohn’s disease, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

9) Bone Broth

While bone broth doesn’t sound like the most appealing of things to ingest, it contains profound immune-optimizing components that are foundational building blocks for healing your gut.

Bone broth is especially helpful in the treatment of leaky gut, a disease which sees partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria passing through your intestine, gaining access to your bloodstream and causing the body to react through inflammatory responses, allergic reactions, and more.

Once your gut lining is continually damaged, the specialized microvilli are rendered defective and our guts lose the ability to break down food and absorb nutrients.

It’s the gelatin in bone broth that has a healing effect on the gut, as well as trace amounts of other minerals and nutrients such as silicon and glucosamine.

8) Fermented Vegetables

Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, contain potent levels of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that regulate digestion and immune responses.

Dr. Mercola states that “if you ferment your own vegetables, consider using a special starter culture that has been optimized with bacterial strains that produce high levels of vitamin K2. This is an inexpensive way to optimize your K2 levels, which are also crucial for good health.”

7) Coconut Kefir

This dairy-free alternative to traditional kefir uses fermented coconut water and contains higher levels of enzymes and probiotics than you would receive from supplementation.

It also contains beneficial yeasts which seek out and destroy pathogenic yeasts in the body (like Candida), as well as helping clean, strengthen, and purify intestinal walls so they can become more resistant to dangerous pathogens like E. coli, salmonella, and parasites.

6) Flaxseed Tea

This unique tea contains omega-3 fats as well as soluble fiber and anti-inflammatory lignans for a healthy gut.

To make the tea, steep one tablespoon of flaxseeds in boiling water overnight, drain seeds, and enjoy! Try using along with a hibiscus tea for more flavor.

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    Which of these superfoods do you eat the most?

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  6. williedibe@gmail.com' Bennett Waas says:

    Kefir is easy to make at home using organic, raw, grass-fed milk, or coconut water, and will contain far more probiotics than you can get in supplement form. If you don’t consume dairy or you’re looking for a different taste, coconut kefir is a nice alternative to support your gut health.

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