Smoothies work wonders for your digestive health. The abundance of nutrients unified in delicious matrimony make a nutritious, easily absorbed elixir. You could say a smoothie is a pre-digested meal – most of the digestive work is done by the blender.
This allows a cleansing and resting of the Gastrointestinal tract, requiring little energy to digest, providing a wave of nutrients to cleanse and repair the cells of the digestive tract.
A staple in the smoothie game, coconut is a powerful digestive aid. It is surprisingly fibrous, assisting in the absorption of water, salts and key nutrients. Fibre also helps slow the transit time of food, allowing a thorough extraction of nutrients along the way. Fibre is great insurance against constipation and diarrhea.
For those with IBS and other digestive complications; you might need to keep an eye on your fibre consumption as too much roughage can be overwhelming for the GI system.
Fermented dairy, known as Kefir, is a milk beverage that is teeming with bacterial life. These bacteria are probiotic – they help restore and replenish strains of bacteria within your gut microbiome.
The standard western diet, and lifestyle can be deleterious to these bacteria that reside within us. Kefir, along with other fermented foods can help us cultivate a healthy spread of microbes. These assist in the digestion of our food, help regulate our immune system and insure against malnutrition.
Another fibrous friend, the banana is one of the go – to players in the digestive game. Bananas are renowned to be high in Potassium as well as Fibre. Potassium, along with sodium enables the contraction of muscles, specifically those used in digestion. Efficient muscle contraction enables the smooth transition of food through the GI tract. Potassium also facilitates nutrient absorption and waste elimination.
Chia Seeds are another source of……you guessed it, Fibre. A diet rich in fibre does wonders for nutrient assimilation and waste elimination, and leaves a perfect poo too. Digestive efficiency is largely underpinned by quality fibre, and as an added benefit of eating Chia seeds, Potassium too.
Chia seeds have been noted to have a cleansing effect as they form a gel in the GI tract due to their soluble fibre content. This fibrous gel may contribute to the bowel clearing effects experienced having eaten Chia.
- 1 Banana
- 1/6 Grated Coconut
- 5o ml Kefir – Blend the other ingredients first, then add the kefir for a quick whizz. This preserves the bacteria within.
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg