Healthy digestion is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy family, but it can be hard to know where to start. As the food landscape continues to evolve and food sensitivities are seemingly more common, maintaining optimal digestive health is more important than ever. Here are some of the key ways to help your family live their best lives.
Focus on Wholesome Foods
Enjoying a whole foods diet is one of the best ways to support your family’s digestion. When we enjoy a varied diet filled with veggies, grains, nuts and seeds, and meat (if desired), our bodies will function best.
Veggies offer fiber, as well as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support a well-functioning body, while nuts and seeds offer healthy fats like omega-3s. If your diet includes meat as a protein source, we recommend buying organic meat to ensure there are no preservatives or pesticides.
Pro tip: purchasing meat from a local farmer can help you manage your grocery budget.
While chips and cookies are delicious in moderation, it’s important to limit high-fat, processed snacks and focus on foods that support a well-functioning body. This often means cooking meals from scratch.
We understand that parents may have a busy schedule balancing work and family, which is why we love Cascadian Farms organic frozen veggies, and Amy’s ready-to-heat meals and soups made from real food. Whole Foods has an extensive frozen meal selection to browse the next time you’re limited on time, and local chains like Sprouts Markets, Vons, and Kroger offer similar options.
Rethink Inflammatory Foods
If you and your family members are experiencing digestive upset regularly, an elimination diet may be needed. By removing inflammatory foods, we can support finding the root cause of constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and other symptoms.
Common inflammatory foods include:
- Nightshades (found in tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant)
- Animal protein
There are two ways to approach an elimination diet. The first is to remove all inflammatory foods for 3-4 weeks, and slowly add them back in one by one. If the food produces negative effects, then you may want to limit its consumption.
The second method is ideal if you already know what may be causing the symptoms. In this case, you can begin by removing that one food group and monitor the results.
Take Probiotics Daily
Sometimes our bodies need extra help digesting food, which is when probiotics are helpful. Probiotics support the healthy bacteria in our guts, which then supports a healthy digestion. They can be taken as capsules, powder, chews, or through probiotic-rich foods like kefir, yogurt, and kombucha. For more probiotic-rich foods head over to our recent blog, Probiotic Foods for the Whole Family.
It’s important to keep probiotics in mind if anyone in your family has recently been on antibiotics. Studies have shown that antibiotics can disrupt a healthy gut, and probiotics may support prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. To help your family feel their best, consider adding probiotics into their daily routine.
When our families are healthy, they’re ready to grow, explore, and change the world. Promoting healthy digestion for your family breaks down into three main categories: a healthy diet filled with whole foods, limiting inflammation, and adding probiotic support.
Both kids and adults can benefit from these lifestyle changes, and we’re here to make it easier. Try Tummy Smart Probiotic Stick Packs for easy-to-take digestive support for the entire family.