Improving gut health doesn’t have to be a difficult feat if you keep gut healthy foods in your kitchen.  We all know that gut health is important, but many of us don’t realize just how much of an impact the foods we eat play a role in how we feel, think and behave. Before you plan your next shopping list, read more about the foods that can improve your life in more ways than one.

Cayenne Pepper for Digestion

Spice up your day with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in your meals!  Research has shown that cayenne pepper can contribute to gut health as it has shown to increase digestive fluid production and assist in bringing necessary enzymes to the stomach which ultimately aid in metabolizing food. Cayenne pepper is also a great aid for relieving intestinal gas as it encourages peristaltic motion–the movement of muscles located in the digestive tract.  

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Yogurt for Digestion

Spoon your way to better digestion with a cup of yogurt! Yogurt contains probiotics, which are a powerhouse for digestive health. Probiotics are live micro-organisms that promote health benefits when consumed and support the “good” bacteria in the gut. Look for yogurts that contain live cultures–an active bacteria that has been shown to help promote in overall gut health and aid in reducing digestive distress.  Consume your yogurt in a creative way on a hot summer day with these tasty Peaches and Cream Popsicles.

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Avocado for Digestion

Avocados are not only a delicious addition to any meal, they are also a one-stop-shop for a wide array of vitamins and nutrients, and are full of potassium, fiber, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats. Fiber is largely found in avocados with approximately 4.5 grams per half, which contributes to healthy digestion as a result of its ability to feed the ‘friendly’ bacteria and remove waste in a minimal amount of time.  Looking for an easy and hearty recipe to consume avocado?  Check out this Chocolate Avocado Smoothie to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.