Welcome to Day 10 of the #plantfueled yoga challenge, thus beginning our digestion & breathing series.
If you’ve ever heard the expression to listen to your gut, this post quite literally lets you know how to communicate with your innards. The health of your insides can be measured by how good your gut is – with a country that’s riddled with GI issues, it’s really important to pay attention and pamper your digestive track.
For the next 3 days, Sarah and I will delve into your digestion (ummmm, is that weird!?) and explore Yoga practices and poses that delve into your breathe and the calming effects each can have on your overall well-being.
Today, we explore a few common kitchen staples that help aid in your digestion:
Top 5 plant-based foods that aid in digestion
- Kombucha – A fermented tea that has live culture, this powerfully potent tea is full of probiotics and enzymes that help break down gnarly food. Is it a cure all? No, but it’s good to add to the digestive mix!
- Ginger – Ginger in food, or ideally as a strong tea, helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. Yummmm! Try adding a natural ginger tea to your pre or post meal.
- Chia seeds – An anti-inflammatory, chia seeds contain a high amount of soluble and insoluble amounts of fiber and they draw water to them, in turn helping to clean out the digestive tract. Natures broom if you will!
- Apple cider vinegar – Full of good acids, ACV can help improve your intestinal flora as it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Who wants a fungus in their gut!? Gross!
- Garlic – Do I need to state how awesome garlic is!? As medicinal purposes go, garlic can destroy harmful bacteria in your intestins and is great for helping inflammation.
Treat your gut right – and always listen to what it’s tellin you!
Your breathe Yoga challenge of the day: Lions breathe
Here’s s a great video that walks you through: Roar!!! http://youtu.be/xdUyHPa66A4