1. Fermented foods:
Fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kvass, pickles, and kim-chi, should be staples in everyone’s diet. These foods are traditionally made through fermentation, which gives them their sour flavor, but they also glean thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of probiotics, through the fermentation process; this aids in digestion, and is thought to boost immunity and regulate mood.
2. Bone broth:
Bone broth contains gelatin, collagen, and so many hard to find minerals. Liquids are the best way to absorb most vitamins and minerals, and collagen and gelatin both help soothe the delicate lining of the digestive tract.
Gelatin is again soothing to the digestive tract, and is especially helpful when dealing with leaky gut or food intolerances. Most people don’t get gelatin regularly in their diet, so supplementing with bone broth (see above) or thickened foods using gelatin can be very nourishing.
Beets contain high levels of folate (important for women, especially) as well as manganese which supports the digestive organs. Some studies show that beet juice daily can help reduce inflammation, and beet juice can further support the gallbladder.
5. Apple cider vinegar:
ACV is also traditionally fermented, giving it probiotic-rich cultures (see above), but it also helps stimulate stomach acid production which is essential for protein digestion.
6. Garlic (preferably raw):
Garlic is a well-known, very-potent (in more ways than one!) anti-parasitic. It contains high amounts of allicin (along with its sister vegetable onion), which have been highly regarded in both eastern and western cultures as a therapeutic food, especially when ill.
Not only does ginger have ant-inflammatory properties, but it stimulates digestion, and can relax reflexes- definitely a reason why ginger has long been regarded as helpful for stomachaches! Ginger has also long been known as a panacea for nausea.
8. Dandelion root:
Dandelion root is an herb long regarded in eastern medicine as one that helps the gallbladder and the liver “clean house”. Dandelion root helps clear the bile ducts of these essential organs of digestion, allowing for increased digestive function.
9. Warm lemon water:
Warm water in the morning helps “wake up” the digestive system while lemon helps to stimulate the body to produce its own stomach acid.
10. Cabbage (juice):
Cabbage contains “vitamin u”, which has properties helpful in fighting the bacteria that may cause stomach ulcers. Cabbage also has a large amount of sulfur, which is naturally anti-parasitic, and some say that cabbage could be anti-inflammatory.