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7 Winter Foods That Improve Digestion

Written by Lauren E

Who else is eager for warmer days? We've successfully navigated through the peak of winter, signaling the start of the spring countdown! Personally, I've been longing for winter to fade, but lately, I've discovered the power of embracing gratitude and fully immersing myself in the season, rather than simply wishing it away. This newfound perspective [...]
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Who else is eager for warmer days? We’ve successfully navigated through the peak of winter, signaling the start of the spring countdown! Personally, I’ve been longing for winter to fade, but lately, I’ve discovered the power of embracing gratitude and fully immersing myself in the season, rather than simply wishing it away. This newfound perspective has infused the long, cold days with a sense of brightness and has made them pass by a bit quicker. Winter foods have played a significant role in this shift. I admit, as soon as winter passes, I find myself craving all those comforting soups and chilis. However, I’ve resolved to relish these seasonal delights while they’re still available and to uncover their health benefits. 

Today, I’m excited to share with you the seven winter foods that I can’t get enough of and how they’ve contributed to improving my digestion, particularly as someone who deals with various stomach issues.

1. Root Vegetables for Fiber Boost

Fiber is like a digestive superhero—it keeps things moving smoothly in your gut and maintains overall gut health. Winter is the ideal time to enjoy a variety of root vegetables that are not only tasty but also full of fiber. Think sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips—they’re the stars of the season, offering a delicious and natural way to get more fiber into your diet. These veggies not only add necessary bulk to your meals but also bring a cozy warmth to winter dishes.

2. Warm and Nourishing Soups:

(My fav, 😍!). There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot soup to ward off the winter chill. Soups are not only comforting but can also work wonders for your digestive system. Bone broth, rich in collagen and gelatin, supports the health of your gut lining. Lentil soup, with its fiber and protein content, promotes a feeling of fullness while aiding digestion. Include these nourishing soups in your winter diet for a hearty and digestive-friendly experience.

3. Herbal Teas for Soothing Digestion:

Winter evenings are the perfect time to unwind with a cup of herbal tea. Beyond their delightful flavors, herbal teas have soothing properties that can calm your digestive system. Peppermint tea is known for relieving indigestion and bloating, while ginger tea can help alleviate nausea and promote overall digestive comfort. Incorporating these herbal teas into your winter routine can be a gentle way to support digestion after a hearty meal. Personally, I’d recommend a cup of SkinnyFit’s ZzzTox Tea. Tasty, detoxifying, and sends you into a deep, peacefully slumber? Can’t beat that!

4. Citrus Fruits for Vitamin C and Enzymes:

Vitamin C and digestive enzymes play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Winter citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, are not only packed with vitamin C but also contain enzymes that aid in the breakdown of food. Including these fruits in your winter diet not only boosts your immune system but also contributes to optimal digestion.

5. Fermented Foods for Gut Health:

A flourishing gut microbiome is key to digestive well-being, and fermented foods can be your gut’s best friend. In winter, consider adding sauerkraut and kimchi to your meals. These fermented delights are rich in probiotics, promoting a healthy balance of gut bacteria and supporting your digestive system in top form.

6. Whole Grains for Sustained Energy:

Whole grains are an excellent source of sustained energy, making them ideal for winter days when you need that extra warmth. Quinoa and oats, among other winter grains, offer a combination of fiber and complex carbohydrates, keeping you full and providing a steady release of energy. Including these grains in your winter meals ensures not only comfort but also a digestive boost.

7. Dark Leafy Greens for Nutrient-Rich Goodness:

Winter may not be synonymous with abundant greens, but there are nutrient-packed options that thrive in colder climates. Kale and spinach, for instance, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, providing a nutrient boost to support your digestive health. Incorporate these dark leafy greens into salads, soups, or stir-fries for a flavorful and digestive-friendly meal!

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About The Author

Lauren E

Lauren is a creative and lifestyle writer from Atlanta Georgia, with a passion for art, fashion, food & staying fit. She loves running, dance, yoga, and anything outdoors (with the company of her adorable pup!). You can almost always find her with a camera or notebook in hand, or on the hunt for local live music!

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