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5 Key Foods to Calm the Irritable Beast in Your Belly

In the world of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other forms of digestive upset it’s easy to get caught up in what you can’t eat. The constant scanning of foods in meals to figure out what was today’s culprit for sending you to the bathroom 10 times or eliminating gluten or dairy to see if this will help your bloated belly finally deflate seems endless and frustrating.

Today I’m going to encourage you to take a deep breath and focus on what you CAN eat.

As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner I believe with all my heart that foods can be ridiculously healing especially if we choose the right foods for us according to what our body needs at that specific time. I have had many clients who were trying to eat what they thought they should be eating, but it only aggravated their gassy, bloated, IBS tummies even more.

These are my go to’s for even the most tempermentle of tummies…

Homemade Bone Broth:

The gut rebuilding gloriousness in traditionally made bone broth is essential for any digestive healing protocol or just to keep yourself well-nourished and content. It is full of easily digestible nutrients including; minerals, collagen and L-glutamine, all of which are incredible for digestive healing and recovery.

Soups over Smoothies:

Cooked foods are easier to digest than raw foods and much gentler on an already inflamed tummy. Meat & veggies cooked into a soup (rather than roasting) along with homemade bone broth is probably one of the most healing, gut friendly foods you can possibly eat.

Healthy Fats: Like avocados, cold pressed coconut oil, grass-fed organic butter/ghee, eggs (yolks), cold water fish, coconut are essential for the health of every single cell in our body especially those that line the intestines. Healthful fats nourish us and decrease overall inflammation in our gut, skin and body. Try my Coconut Chia Pudding!

Fermented Foods: Research is solidly showing that the diverse ecosystem of microbes in our gut is essential for thriving digestion (aka: good poops). And to keep this system healthy they need to be well fed and happy. This is where fermented foods play a huge role in gut health. Sauerkraut, traditionally fermented veggies like pickles, miso, apple cider vinegar, etc are all amazing choices. However, go slow with these guys and add them into your diet a little at a time. Try my Sauerkraut Fried Rice if you tolerate grains.

Herbs: If you have been following me for a while you know that I am a bit of a kitchen witch and love herbal teas and other remedies. There are some pretty powerful herbs when it comes to settling digestive pain, irritation, gas and bloating. A few of my favorites are ginger, turmeric, chamomile and peppermint. Try cooking and making tea with these daily! Check out my blog post: My 3 Favorite Kitchen Herbs to Calm IBS

Are you ready to feel some relief from the beast in your belly? Get my FREE Three Day Meal Plan for IBS Flare Ups.

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