5 Foods for Digestion

The general rule of thumb when trying to aid your digestion through diet is to replace fatty meats with lean chicken and fish, avoid fried foods that lead to heartburn, try not to eat too much spice if you have a sensitive gut and cut down on the caffeine.

However, in all the DON’Ts it is hard to remember some of the DOs. If you want to promote a healthy digestive system, then here are a few foods that will help you along the way.


If you’re not lactose intolerant, yoghurt is a fantastic way to promote a healthy gut and easy to incorporate into your everyday diet. The best kind is plain natural yoghurt, but if it doesn’t appeal on its own, add some organic granola, rolled oats or nuts with honey.

Vegetables (lots of them)

Veggies will do wonders for your digestive tract. Being both high in water content and fibre, they work to create healthier movements and flush out excess waste. Vegetables that are particularly good for you are:

Beetroot – It is great for constipation, and are a nice addition to salads.

Sweet potato – They’re full of manganese and fibre. Roast them, mash them, boil them, just avoid frying them—you want to cut down on fat, not add to it.

Cabbage – This vegetable is more versatile than you would think. Use in soups, or try pickled cabbage like Korean kim chi or German sauerkraut as complements to your meal.

Whole grains

Fibre is of course a huge part of keeping your system in top shape. Whole grain fibre being the best, and the good news is that it is easy to source.  Brown rice, whole wheat bread and oats are all whole grain options, giving you enough choice to add fibre to every one of your daily meals if needed.


A good and simple fix if you find that you are experiencing a bit of diarrhoea.  Bananas are naturally sweet and they will restore depleted electrolytes that your system has lost, and will add a little fibre to boot.


Nothing will help aid your digestion more than water. It not only flushes your system of waste, but encourages softer movements to prevent constipation (especially if you are packing your diet full of fibre). The NHS suggests the best way to incorporate drinking enough water is to drink a full glass with every meal.

You can also aid your digestion through picking up probiotic supplements at your pharmacy. Just remember it will take time for your gut to catch up with your healthy eating, it is suggested it can take up to four weeks to see results, so don’t give up! However, if you find you are having regular problems with your bowels, it is worth seeing your doctor.

Have you ever thought about how food can help digestion?

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18th Feb 2018
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I have suffered from IBS for several years now and tried all sorts of medication but nothing works for me. The worst part at the moment is the pain in my tummy. It is there all day and when I wake up in the morning it is there. Can anyone suggest anything to help me.
26th Sep 2017
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Very lnterested in" how the digestive System works " as I've had on and off Problems! I've already changed to a lot of suggestions; brown Rice , Granola cereal lots of Water( 2 Glasses before breakfast) Broccoli etc. On the subject of " Silversurfers e Mail Adrress ; I often make Comments on , other People's Comments ; unfortunately, when I have something of Interrest to say, I still don't know how to get about it as I haven't got Silversurfers e Adress and, have nobody to give me advice and help living on my own and, not in the best of Health !
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Good sound advice ,I will refer back to this if need be ,
25th Jun 2017
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I think drinking tea helps especially mint tea. Late at night I do love having a coffee but know its not good for me and a mint tea is much better for indigestion and also for sleeping.
30th May 2017
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I'd add in kefir. It's like yoghurt but has different bugs. It's used routinely in Central and Eastern Europe for digestion. It tastes a bit funny when you first try it but it's quite like yoghurt so you get used to it. You can add healthy berries like blueberries if you want to make it a bit sweeter.
25th Jan 2017
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I have porridge in the morning and I always pour a pot of plain yogurt on it Yeo Valley I've found the best they make a pack of four oval pots beautiful
21st Jan 2017
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Always enjoy Silversurfers comments and like browsing the shop too!
20th Jan 2017
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I swear by freshly made Easiyo Yogurt daily. I make up a litre which lasts me a week. At least I know it's not been sitting on a supermarket shelf for weeks while the 'live' cultures are dying off.
There are lots of lovely flavours too. Creme Brulee is the flavour of the moment.

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