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Eating for Colon Health

Posted in Nutrition @ May 9th 2012 10:27am - By Exclusively You - Kira Westwick (Wholefood cook and health trainer)

Have you ever heard that you are only as healthy as the health of you colon? Well you may be wondering how can you contribute to a better functioning, fit and healthy colon each day.

 First of all, animal and processed foods are harder to digest and can lead to toxic waste build up; where as plant foods are quite easy to digest and can actually aid in scrubbing your insides clean! So, colon healthy recipes will include only small amounts of animal foods and be based mainly on fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Try to aim for an 80/20 split.

 Vegetables and fruits are very colon friendly because they can be processed and digested efficiently with ease. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes and fiber—all things essential to good health. Fiber in particular, is good for your colon health as it adds bulk, which helps to pass the food along the digestive tract.

So how can you relate this back to your daily diet? Breakfast could be a fruit salad with oats and raw nuts topped with a squeeze of fresh orange juice and a spoon of organic natural yogurt. Or perhaps some lightly steamed spinach, tomato, avocado, and wholegrain toast, with beans or 1 boiled egg. Also drinking a lot of water with a squeeze of lemon will help get the digestive process going.

 For lunch, try to include a large salad with lots of dark leafy greens. Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, avocado, olives and kale are great additions to any salad. Add a little of your favorite protein—nuts, chickpeas, feta and tuna are great options. Instead of bottled dressing which is probably loaded with sugar and preservatives, try creating your own salad dressing recipe or use the one from our summer newsletter with apple cider vinegar!

 For snacks, stay away from anything that comes in a package and go for raw nuts or nut butter, fruit, veggies, hummus, avocado or even a nice green smoothie—made with all fresh ingredients of course!

 Colon healthy recipes for dinner follow the same common sense rules. Try cutting down on the red meat and eating fresh fish, a little grilled chicken or legumes along with a salad, some steamed vegetables or stir fried vegetables. If you need something more substantial try adding brown rice, quinoa or legumes.

 Just like with any other aspect of your health, eating nutritious healthy wholesome foods is a sure fire way to keep your colon, and your whole body, in good health!


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