Your digestive system plays a significant role in your overall well-being. Its functions include food digestion, nutrient absorption and removal of toxins and waste.
The digestive tract also harbours a gut full of bacteria. Most of these guys are good, but some are bad.
The good guys play a big role in your immune system, help you digest your foods even further, plus affect your cravings and emotions.
IBS & digestive symptoms
Unfortunately, up to 1 in 5 people suffer from Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS). This is characterised by chronic bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation. This not only makes people fill shit, but also affects their food habits, cravings and mental health.
Imagine not being able to go to the beach or head out with friends because you’re living in fear of your IBS symptoms flaring up.
But there is good news
For those of you suffering from IBS or unhealthy bowel habits there is a lot of new research coming to light.
The low FODMAPs diet
The low FODMAPs diet has proven to improve digestive symptoms in over 75% of people!
This diet involves the avoidance of particular carbohydrate foods that pass through the digestive tract undigested, end up in the large intestine, and are rapidly fermented by gut bacteria. This fermentation results in gas being produced, which causes bloating, discomfort and altered bowel habits.
Some high FODMAP foods include, onion, garlic, wheat, cows milk, avocado and apples.
By following a low FODMAP diet, many of those suffering from undesirable symptoms will have some life changing digestive improvements.
For more information on the low FODMAPs diet, click here.
As for KiwiFruit, eat 2 a day and you may be feeling even better.
A recent study found that kiwifruit hold an abundance of benefits for the digestive tract.
Not only do these green delicious fruits contain a super rich source of Vitamin C (230% of your daily needs), but they also provide symptom relief in those suffering from gut symptoms, particularly constipation.
The recent study involved IBS participants consuming 2 kiwifruit a day.After 4 weeks, IBS symptoms had improved, and overall constipation had reduced.
Proposed mechanisms for the wonderful benefits of kiwifruit...
Each fruit contains 4g of fibre and it’s the particular type of fibre that holds a lot of water. This helps bulk the stools up and smoothens laxation.
The fruit contains a digestive enzyme called “Actinidin”. This enzyme breaks protein down, improves emptying of the digestive tract, plus facilitates laxation (possibly via stimulating receptors in the bowel).
The fruit also contains polyphenols. These seem to act as a source of prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria living in the gut, which in turn help them to digest the foods you eat and influence the healthy movement of your stools.
Peace to the plants. Kudos to the kiwis.