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Eat These Vegetables To Revamp Your Health

At Well Theory, we believe that the little choices we make every day can have a huge impact on our overall health. 

When and how often you exercise, how much sleep you get, and what kinds of food you eat all impact every aspect of your health – even areas you don’t expect.

For example, the food you eat contributes to your gut health - which can impact inflammation levels throughout your body - from your joints, to your brain, and more.

Read More: How Gut Health Can Help Brain Inflammation

Today, we’re going to talk about a few vegetables you can add to your diet to support healthy digestion and better overall wellness.

The Role Of Fiber In Digestive Health

First, let’s talk about the role fiber plays in your digestive health. Fiber helps regulate bacteria in your digestive tract and keeps things moving at a regular pace, preventing indigestion. Fiber prevents constipation and is known to be heart-healthy. 

Fiber is the indigestible part of many plants. Some call fiber ‘roughage’. Some fiber dissolves in water and some does not.

Fiber is mostly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes - not necessarily animal products. If you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet, then you don’t necessarily need to worry about your fiber intake. ‘Enough’ is about 8 servings a day.

Some of us can achieve this with diet. But if you notice that you aren’t “regular,” chances are, you need to increase the amount of servings of plant-based foods you eat every day.

If you have to increase the amount of vegetables you eat, start slowly – give your digestive system time to adjust. Here are some vegetables you can start including in your diet:

5 Vegetables That Can Help Revamp Your Digestive Health

Artichokes

Artichokes are fiber-rich but also provide prebiotics. A prebiotic is merely a food source for the bacteria that dominate your gut. Good prebiotics help support the good bacteria in your gut. Bad prebiotics like highly processed and engineered foods do not. 

Probiotics are living strains of bacteria that add to the good population in your gut. Prebiotics and probiotics are essential in maintaining your gut health, and your gut health is key to maintaining your overall health.

Recent studies are showing that poor gut health is linked to conditions like anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and chronic inflammation. 

Squash/Zucchini

Squash and zucchini are extremely versatile! They also provide both types of fiber – soluble and insoluble, making absorption easy. Roast them in the oven with olive oil and seasonings to taste – and serve with other vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, and more to make an easy dinner.

Read More: How Olive Oil Can Reduce Oxidative Stress

Leafy Greens

Leafy vegetables like kale and spinach provide a robust amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants – and are also a great source of fiber! Collard greens are another awesome source of dietary fibers.

Celery

Celery may seem like it has no nutritional value, but it does! It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. It also contains a type of sugar that can reduce stomach ulcers – and contains a large amount of water, which is great for digestion as well. Celery is also high in iron, as is spinach and other leafy greens.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber – containing up to 5 grams of fiber in one cup of cooked broccoli. Broccoli, of the Brassica family, is really a superfood. Any cruciferous vegetable will give you ample fiber.

In a recent animal experiment, researchers discovered that broccoli activated a receptor within the gut that is linked to reducing inflammation. 

For an easy and delicious broccoli recipe, visit our Herbal Kitchen to access our free recipe and learn more about broccoli’s amazing health benefits.

All highly-pigmented fruits and vegetables have one thing in common – the phytochemicals responsible for their coloring gives them a high antioxidant content.

If you aren’t getting enough antioxidants in your diet, or getting the right amount of sleep, exercise, etc., your body will struggle with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals outnumber antioxidants in your body, and they can damage surrounding cells, causing inflammation and pain.

Many of our products, like our Tart Cherry Extract, are antioxidant-rich to support your health goals. Click below to shop our Easter Sale so you can give your body the nutritional boost it needs!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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