by: cameron lockwood Brandon Johnston and Vianney Garcia

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What kind of diet is best for the digestive system? Most beneficial?

Beneficial foods:

  1. Yogurt

    1. "Yogurt has bacteria, which replenishes the normal flora within the gastrointestinal tract so it's healthy," Dr. McCashland says

    2. Contains probiotics

  2. Lean meat and fish

    1. "Red meats tend to be fattier," Anderson says. "Your body can handle lean meats and fish and chicken a whole lot better than prime rib."

    2. And lean meats and fish have not been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer like high-fat red meats have.

  3. Whole grains (carbs like: pasta, rice, breads, etc.)

    1. Adults need about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, and whole grains contain two types—soluble and insoluble—which are both beneficial to your health. You'll get 5.8 grams of fiber in two

  4. Bananas

    1. They give you energy and sustain your blood sugar

    2. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

    3. Contains high levels of calcium which is good for your bones

  5. Ginger

    1. It reduces pain and inflammation, making it valuable in managing arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

    2. It has a warming effect and stimulates circulation.

    3. It inhibits rhinovirus, which can cause the common cold.

    4. It inhibits such bacteria as Salmonella, which cause diarrhea, and protozoa, such as Trichomonas.

    5. In the intestinal tract, it reduces gas and painful spasms.

    6. It may prevent stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

  1. Black beans

    1. High in protein- recommended for vegans and vegetarians

    2. Can boost your iron intake because they contain 3.6 milligrams of iron per cup

    3. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry black beans are high in fiber

  2. Peppermint (soothes the stomach)

    1. Tames stomach troubles

    2. Curbs cravings

    3. Eases tension headaches

    4. May relieve stuffy nose

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Beneficial Diet

  1. High fiber

    1. "You’re getting fiber, a healthy plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that will improve your health," says Lilian Cheung, Dsc, RD, a lecturer in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

  1. Low-fat foods

    1. Fatty foods are not healthy for you because they will make you feel lethargic.

  2. Probiotics into your diet

    1. Probiotics help regulate your digestive system due to the fact that they contain bacteria that is good for your gut.

  3. Eat on a schedule

    1. You should eat on a schedule because your body will get used to eating that way and it will be able to digest and process food faster.

  4. Drink lots of water

  5. No smoking cigarettes, avoid excessive drinking (caffeine and alcohol)

    1. Smoking cigarettes can lead to lung cancer and other diseases

    2. Excessive drinking is bad for your liver

  6. Exercise regularly

    1. Regular exercise helps a person maintain a certain weight

    2. It also helps as a stress reliever option and can give a person more energy

  7. Manage stress

    1. Stress can lead to people eating more or not eating which can lead to them having unhealthy body weight. It is imperative that people control their stress levels because it can also cause higher blood pressure and heart disease.

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Effects of excessive sugar consumption

“As well as creating weight problems, too much sugar causes energy spikes and has been linked to diabetes, depression, and even an increase in suicidal behaviors in young people. Reducing the amount of candy and desserts you eat is only part of the solution as sugar is also hidden in foods such as bread, cereals, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, low-fat meals, fast food, and ketchup. It all adds up to a lot of empty calories since your body gets all it needs from the sugar naturally occurring in food.”


  1. Weight gain

  2. Diabetes

  3. Impaired immune system

  4. Chronic Diseases

  5. Effects Hormonal levels


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