I’ve been pescatarian for the last 7 months and it has transformed my body, diet and perception of food. In my quest to finally see definition in my abs, I’ve been doing a lot of research into dietary habits. I’ve done keto, paleo, and gave up so many different types of foods, and haven’t seen the same results as I’ve seen being a pescatarian. I am by no means perfect with this diet, I allow myself two cheat meals a week to take the pressure off. I also eat one pescatarian meal a day and eat vegetarian meals for the rest of the day. My research has taught me that a healthy gut equals a healthy life. About 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut.
Healthy Gut = Healthy Life
The only way to keep a healthy gut is to supply your body with what it needs to absorb nutrients and break down waste. AKA you need to make sure you’re digesting your food properly. The digestive tract plays a vital role in your health. Even a healthy person can experience digestive problems due to things such as a lack of fiber or probiotic-rich foods in their diet.
Our gut breaks down the foods we eat and absorbs nutrients that support our body’s functions — from energy production to hormone balance, skin health to mental health, and toxin and waste elimination. If you’ve found yourself feeling down more often than usual, it could be because of what you’ve been eating lately. When your digestion is compromised, your body can under-produce a hormone called serotonin. Low serotonin is attributed to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It may not be the case for every person with these issues, but improving your diet may relieve brain fog, sadness, and low energy.
Here’s a list of 20 foods that will enhance your digestion:
- Ginger – expedites food’s movement through your stomach
- Whole grains
- Chia seeds
- Dark green veggies such as spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts etc.
- Chia Seeds
- Green beans
- Salmon – excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation in your body (most diseases are caused by inflammation in your body)
There are also many foods and drinks that increase bloating, heartburn, diarrhea and other stomach issues including:
- Beverages containing caffeine
- Carbonated drinks or sugar sweetened drinks
- Artificial sweeteners
- Refined carbohydrates like white bread or rice
- White chocolate
- Foods high in saturated fats, such as cheese and cream
- Spicy foods
- Greasy foods like pizza
I hope this insight helps you improve your health & wellness! Feel free to reach out or comment below with any questions.