Another way to go organic is to have your own
garden. When you have your own garden,
you know what goes into the food and your tender loving care will go a long way
toward having rich organic foods each and every day.
It takes a little bit of extra work when you compare
that to just picking up the food at your local market or fresh food stand but
you can guarantee the contents and organic quality of your food.
Here are ten
great organically grown foods you can choose for your dinner table that can
help digestion and provide you with excellent nutrients at the same time:
Beets. These juicy red vegetables are
excellent for those who find themselves constipated much of the time or have
indigestion and upset stomach problems. Beets are high in fiber, which helps
constipation, and they provide high levels of potassium and magnesium. You can
cook small ones whole or slice larger beetroots, boiling them until soft. Julienned beet roots blanched in hot water
for a bit make for a good beet salad that will help your digestive system
besides being tasty to eat.
Beet Greens. The greens aren’t
meant to be thrown away when you pull up your beetroots. Instead, wash the beet greens and make them a
part of a healthy salad. They can also be cooked with other greens. Beet greens are high in iron, calcium and
beta carotene, relieving upset stomachs in the process. They help the smooth muscle which is part of
your bowels move better so you will be less constipated. Be careful not to eat
too much of this otherwise healthy food because too many beet greens can weaken
the enamel of your teeth due to their slightly acidic nature.
Apples. You can be sure your apples are organic by
growing your own apple tree in your backyard and removing them once a day for a
snack when they get ripe. Apples have
many health benefits beyond being good for your digestive system. Apples are high in vitamin A, vitamin C,
minerals, folate, phosphorus, and potassium.
These are all nutrients that combat constipation and help you feel full
because of all the fiber in them. Pectin
in apples is a good prebiotic, meaning that it provides good nutrition to
healthy bacteria in your large intestine.
One apple a day should provide you with all the pectin you need to have
a bowel full of healthy bacteria. Organic apples save you from the more than 39
pesticides found on conventionally grown crops.
Bananas. Look for
organically grown bananas in a health food store or at your local
supermarket. Bananas are great for those
who suffer from diarrhea and won’t make you constipated. They also help replace lost nutrients that
can happen when you have diarrhea.
Bananas are high in potassium and other electrolytes that will keep you
from getting too low levels of these electrolytes. Bananas are one of the few good foods to eat
when you are recovering from a bout of diarrhea.
Sweet potatoes. Sweet
potatoes can be grown in just about anyone’s garden and they keep nutrient rich
for a long time. Eat them with their
skins still on for maximum benefit to your digestive system. Sweet potatoes are high in complex carbs,
manganese and insoluble fiber, which keep bowels moving. Sweet potatoes are also known for their
healing power if you are suffering from duodenal ulcers, peptic ulcers and
other bowel problems.
Avocadoes. Avocadoes can be grown in trees in more
tropical parts of the US where a longer growing season is necessary. This is an easily digestible food that is
high in monounsaturated fats, which is the “good kind” of fats to eat. They help your pancreas function better and
keep your gall bladder healthy.
Avocadoes are excellent for the conversion of beta-carotene into vitamin
A. Vitamin A, in turn, helps you have a healthy inner lining in the
Oats. Oats are high in soluble and insoluble fiber
and contain a great deal of thiamin, selenium, copper, zinc, vitamin E and
phosphorus. The soluble fiber helps soak
up waste and glucose in the digestive tract and allow for resolution of
constipation. It is not a good organic
source of food for those who have a problem eating gluten so if you are on a
gluten-free diet, you’ll have to pass on the oats.
Cod liver oil. This can be purchased at a pharmacy or at
your local health food store. Cod liver
oil is, by definition, organic. It is
high in vitamin D and in vitamin D which help keep the digestive tract healthy
and prevent certain serious digestive problems.
Cod liver oil can be taken in caplet form if you don’t like the taste of
it or you can buy it by the bottle and take a tablespoon full of this slippery
stuff for good bowels every day.
Blueberries. Catch these organically grown berries when
they are in season and eat as many as you like.
Blueberries are much better than drinking blueberry juice because of the
high fiber content in the whole berry.
These berries are not only high in fiber but they contain healthful
vitamin C. Blueberries fight cancer by
being high in antioxidants and are good for overall digestive health. Organic
blueberries will save you from the organophosphate pesticide
residue that is considered highly toxic to the human nervous system found on
them by the Environmental Working Group.
Kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruit
are excellent for those people who naturally have digestive problems. They are high in actinidin, linolenic acid,
vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and plant derived fatty acids. All of these things together help you have a
good digestive system. Kiwi fruit also
contain pepsin, which is an important digestive protein.