7 Gut-Healing Foods That Tame Inflammation

Alternate with these choices every day for improved digestion.

July 14, 2016
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Treating your gut with love, and feeding it foods that will help to heal and ease inflammation are they keys to a powerfully efficient digestive system. 

Frozen fruits and vegetables are acceptable because they are harvested when ripe and have had the opportunity to build a full repertoire of antioxidants and polyphenols. Choose organic produce whenever possible and, if you can, find locally sourced varieties. Avoid canned fruits or vegetables that may have been preserved with sugar or salt.

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A number of foods are known to heal the gut. These are foods that are anti-inflammatory by nature, and you can alternate among these choices every day:

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Cinnamon

Stick to 1/10 teaspoon daily of cinnamon for a safe and effective dosage.

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Cruciferous vegetables

Think vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, which contain a family of vital nutrients called glucosinolates that are potent polyphenols particularly useful for lowering inflammation in the intestines. 

More: How Your Gut Controls Your Brain

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Dark-colored fruits

You'll want to reach for dark-colored fruits with a high concentration of polyphenols, such as berries, cherries, and red grapes.

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Green tea

Anywhere from one to three cups of green tea by day can help to cure inflammation. As a bonus, the weight loss drink is also a prebiotic

More: Top 5 Foods to Heal Digestion

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Omega-3 fatty acids

These powerhouse nutrients must be acquired through diet, because the body cannot produce them. Among so many other benefits they bring us, they turn on the genes that lower inflammation in the gut. Foods high in omega-3s include grass-fed beef, cold-water fish, seafood, black walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram, and tarragon.

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Parsley

Parsley can help improve your bone health and urinary health, and is one of the healthiest veggies thanks to its gut health benefits. 

More: 9 Weird Things Killing Your Gut

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Tomato juice

Drink five ounces of tomato juice to help your gut, and even help recover after a workout. The vegetable drink is full of antioxidants and lycopene, which balances your glucose levels all day long.

Adapted from The Autoimmune Fix

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