I have suffered very severe stomach bacterial infection and it affected my digestion and overall health. It caused worst diarreha ,stomach cramps ,bloating ,stomach wind , nausea and I had to get hospitalized for diagnosis and treatment . I underwent numerous medical tests also. Infection caused swelling on my intestines and very high dose of antibiotics are used for treating / curing from it. It took time for me to cure from it and after curing also I couldn’t digest normal meals. Dairy, spice, oil, gluten was prohibited for first year after illness.I lost significant weight (17 Kg) over initial 3 months of period because of this illness and it followed with many nutritional deficiencies, gluten insensitivity, and lactose intolerance. It took 3 long years for me to get back to normal health. Along with medication I changed my lifestyle in many ways to improve digestion , like regular walking exercise and meditation helped me for recovery. Along with easy to digest ,light meals like rice, vegetables and jowar(White millet ) roti ,I included following popular foods to improve digestion. This helped me to recover faster from stomach illness.
Following are foods which help to improve digestion:
As curd /yoghurt has healthy bacteria /probiotics in it which aid digestion and thus known as super food. Curd can be included in daily diet for good gut health. Curd cools down the heat in food and it gets easily absorbed by digestive system. It helps to cure from stomach infections and people having lactose intolerance also can eat it.
I included buttermilk made from low fat curd in diet and it helped for improving overall gut health.
Make buttermilk with following recipe and have it after meals or during meals every day. It’s made very thin and by adding more water and low fat curd for better digestion.
- Take 1 cup of curd and 1 glass of water.
- Add half tea spoon of black salt and half spoon of cumin seeds powder in it.
- Run through blender to make buttermilk.
Ginger helps in improving digestion if taken in prescribed quantity. Make ginger tea using ginger and have it once a day Or add grated ginger in curries, lentils while cooking. Ginger tea (Add grated /crushed 1 tea spoon of ginger in 2 cup of water and boil it till it gets reduced to half .strain and drink ginger tea with honey if needed.)
I used it in following prescribed way:
- with rock salt : Wash and Peel 1 inch piece of ginger.
Apply pinch of rock salt on ginger piece and have it before meal.
But don’t take ginger in excess quantity as its more heat which eventually may increase heat in body.
# 3. Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds aid digestion. Fennel seeds are used for relieving stomach pain caused by indigestion, flatulence, menstrual pain. It’s added by making powder in many desserts for its flavours and taste. I used to eat 1 tea spoon of roasted fennel seeds after meals every day. Use following way to roast it.Roast fennel seeds in heavy bottom pan for few minutes or till nice aroma comes out from it and have this roasted 1 tea spoon of fennel seeds after meals.
#4. Fermented foods
Fermented foods have good bacteria which are essential for better gut health. Fermentation process produces good bacteria in food, which are helpful for better digestion.Including various fermented pickles, dishes is good for boosting digestion. Use rice + dal/ lentil fermented mixture for making recipes like dosa, idali, appam to improve digestion. Make sure the fermented food which you are using is fresh.
#5. Carom seeds
Carom seeds aid digestion and helps to get comfort from indigestion, stomach gas and flatulance.Eat 1 tea spoon of carom seeds drink glass of water. Carom seeds are hot in property and thus can’t be consumed in more quantity. These seeds are useful to get relief from acidity, cold and cough as well.
This was about the foods good for your gut health, if you know anything more about it please update about it in comments section.