How you begin your day can dictate the way your body functions. Starting the day with a nutritious plant-based meal is as important as facing the day with a positive outlook. The right meal can help maintain a healthy digestive balance throughout the day.
Keeping a healthy digestive system is important because the body needs nutrients from food and drink to work properly and stay healthy. It is the digestive system’s job to break nutrients into parts small enough for the body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair; and it is our job to consume plant-based foods that will aid this process, not make it more difficult.
While dishes with eggs are thought of as “classic” breakfasts, try introducing these five foods to your breakfast routine to help promote healthy digestion.
Due to the high amount of fiber, chia seeds are helpful in promoting healthy stool and bowel regularity. Additionally, they can make people feel full more quickly as they absorb water and expand in the stomach. They are also high in magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. For optimal digestion, these seeds are best eaten after they’ve been soaked, which helps soften their protective coating.
This fruit contains a digestive enzyme called papain, one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins. Starting your morning off with digestive enzymes from papaya can help boost your digestive function during the day.
Similar to chia seeds, flax seeds are rich in magnesium, protein, and antioxidants. They are also known for having a mild laxative effect. These seeds contain soluble fiber, which helps remove the toxins from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that can impair digestion. Additionally, soluble fiber can help keep you satiated longer. One thing to keep in mind is to eat ground flax seeds and not whole flax seeds. If you try to eat them whole, they may simply pass through your system without being digested.
This tropical fruit helps with digestion because it contains a unique digestive enzyme called bromelain—best known for its ability to break down protein. It has also been shown that pineapple may help reduce inflammation in the GI tract.
These include kale, spinach, broccoli, romaine, and arugula. The reason these greens are on the list is because they feed the “good” bacteria living in our guts to aid digestion, while helping to block off the “bad” bacteria that can make us sick. It’s helpful to keep in mind that the greener the plant, the more digestive properties it has.