Ever get that uncomfortable, bloated feeling in your gut? Or feel like you’re walking around with a balloon in your abdomen? The organs in your abdomen, specifically the lower abdomen, are crucial to our health and feeling good on a daily basis. Luckily, there are many gut healing recipes that can specifically treat bloating and other gut issues.
Ingredients such as sugar and processed foods can take an especially heavy toll on us, as well as overeating, sodium intake, and vitamin deficiencies. Meal planning is a great way to avoid foods that can cause you to feel not like yourself.
13 Gut Healing Recipes
It’s important to not only heal these symptoms, but that we protect our bodies for long-term health. You may or may not know what causes pain or discomfort, but it may be time to do something about it. And, we have some ideas to help give your gut some loving and make you feel better inside and out.
Lemons have amazing cleansing properties for your entire body. This recipe is super simple—just water and lemon juice! Drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning is a great way to improve your gut health by aiding digestion and detoxifying the body.
Not only is this recipe by Oh Dear Drea a gut-buster, healing bowl of goodness, it is vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, and corn-free—essentially made for everyone!
3. Berry smoothies
Berries are high in fiber and have a naturally high water content, making them a great bloat buster. Try some of these delicious berry and green smoothies, such as the berry beauty smoothie, which is sure to keep your palette refreshed and your gut healthy.
4. Alkaline juice
Processed and sugary foods create an acidic environment in your gut. Alkaline balances the body’s pH, and this power juice made of zucchini, celery, spinach, mint, and parsley is sure to keep your body fully balanced.
Sauerkraut is one of the most widely used remedies for gut health, given its prebiotic and probiotic properties. Making your own fermented food is easy, and you can add your own herbs and flavors to make it especially unique.
Miso is an essential ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cooking for overall health. The fermented miso combined with cabbage is great for energizing your body and stimulating digestion. This miso salad makes for an excellent lunch or snack when you want an extra power meal.
7. Banana smoothies
Bananas are also amazing at fighting belly bloat. This banana smoothie only requires four ingredients: bananas, pitted dates, almond milk, and Greek yogurt. The combination is sure to be a powerful and tasty drink to comfort your symptoms.
For thousands of years, ginger has been used to ease upset stomaches and aid digestion. It’s not a food that many enjoy raw, so how about a soothing ginger teawith maple syrup and lemon?
Buckwheat isn’t a wheat, but rather, a seed. It’s an excellent source of protein, amino acids, and vitamins, and even better, it slowly releases carbohydrates and decreases cholesterol. Try this tropical buckwheat cereal bowl with coconuts and pineapple, and feel good about what you’re eating.
Rich in protein and fiber, quinoa is a great addition to your gut-healing regime. This gluten-free, apple cinnamon bake is not only delicious, it includes other ingredients proven to fight bloat, such as Greek yogurt.
11. Bone Broth
Essential amino acids and other nutrients leach out of the bones as the broth/stock cooks. We need those amino acids to help with the synthesis of hemoglobin, support digestion, and promote skin and connective tissue health. Enjoy a warm in a mug of homemade broth mixed with a little lemon juice, fresh ginger and turmeric.
12. Castor oil
One way to heal bloating without switching up your ingredients (although, you still should consider it), is trying a castor oil pack. It’s a simple process, and a great idea if you’ve never tried it. We’ve even laid out the supplies and instructions for you to be ready to go!
13. Liver cleanse
As the second largest organ in your body, the liver feels all the toxins, preservatives, and processed foods that you consume. A liver cleanse involves cutting out things like alcohol, coffee (I know, it’s easier said than done), sugary foods, high-sodium foods, and breads. It cuts out a lot of things we tend to love, but your gut will love you for it.