5 foods for a healthy stomach
These foods will enrich the intestinal flora and contribute to better functioning of the stomach and general state of health.
- Fruits and vegetables with peel (unpeeled) – fruits and vegetables with peel are a rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Both types are necessary for the perfect functioning of the digestive system.
- Asparagus – asparagus is rich in inulin (an excellent natural probiotic that supplies the existing good bacteria in the intestines with food). They also contain fructooligosaccharides (another natural probiotic that encourages the formation of bacteria useful for increasing intestinal immunity).
- Pistachios – all types of stone fruits are rich in insoluble fibers that prevent constipation (poor digestion). Pistachios especially help establish a healthy intestinal flora if consumed daily (according to the University of Florida).https://www.walmart.com/ip/Wonderful-Pistachios-No-Shell-Roasted-Salted-12-Oz-Resealable-Pouch/109915691
- Cold potatoes – boiled and cooled potatoes become a good source of resistant starch (a substance that cannot be digested in the small intestine). Intestinal bacteria encourage its fermentation (when it reaches the large intestine) and develop potatoes into short-chain fatty acids (which protect a person from colon cancer). Eat completely cold and cooked potatoes with the skin on if your daily carbohydrate budget allows for potatoes.
- Yogurt – people who regularly consume yogurt have a richer intestinal flora (research shows) with many more different good bacteria. Yogurt is a tasty and relatively cheap product. Probiotic yogurt contains live bacteria that contribute to better functioning and health of the intestines. The types and amount of live bacteria vary in yogurt and depend on the type and manufacturer. Ask a nutritionist for the best choice of yogurt according to your health condition.