Anyone who has a fed an infant legumes knows the results that often follow a heaping helping of beans, peas and lentils. In addition to helping with digestion, legumes are also high in fiber and protein and low in cholesterol.
Nuts and Raw Seeds
Just about any type of nuts and raw seeds are high in protein and fiber to help keep everything moving in the right direction. This can include almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and even seeds in oil form such as flax seed oil.
For a sweet tasting way to promote efficient digestion, there’s nothing like a high fiber banana. A banana a day can restore electrolytes and encourage the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
High in antioxidants, berries can naturally clean the colon to encourage effective digestion without frustrating slow downs along the way. All types of berries, from blueberries to raspberries, will serve the same purpose.
All melons have a high water content that facilitates productive digestion with no stops along the way. In fact, a slice of water melon or cantaloupe will pass through the stomach and intestines rather quickly.
The many health benefits of aloe vera have been known to man for centuries. A combination of at least 75 identified nutrients, 18 amino acids, a dozen vitamins and a couple hundred active compounds makes aloe vera mixed with water or juice an effective digestive booster.
Rich in vitamins A, C and K, tomatoes can fulfill about ten percent of the RDA of daily fiber intake, a plus for the digestive tract. Certain antioxidants in tomatoes have been shown to help prevent colon and prostate cancers.
Lemons, oranges, limes and any other fruit in the citrus family will help with the elimination process. It’s mainly the vitamin C that acts as a natural detox to transform toxins in the digestive tracts into materials that can easily be passed through.
In addition to improving digestive functions, coconut water can provide welcome relief from hemorrhoids and related irritations. While coconut water is certainly tasty, it should be consumed in moderation to avoid loose stools.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Found in flax seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil and similar natural oils, omega-3 also act as natural laxatives. These oils work by literally lubricating the walls of the intestines to allow for smooth elimination.