5 Vegetables to Improve Gut Health
1. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Over 60 bioactives are present in ginger, to name a few, gingerols, paradols, shogaols, zingerone etc. Gingerol is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Studies show that ginger consumption induces bacterial diversity, stimulates contractions and accelerates gastric emptying.2. Garlic (Allium sativum)
The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of garlic due to the presence of Sulphur compounds can keep levels of the Helicobacter pylori bacterium in check, which contribute to the development of stomach ulcers. The presence of diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine and other nutrients impart several other benefits.3. Ash gourd (Benincasa hispida)
Starting the day with the juice of ash gourd or Safed Pethas has various benefits. Known for its laxative, diuretic properties, its fiber and antioxidant-rich acts as a great detoxifying agent, has the potential to flush the waste out of our system by absorbing all the toxins, germs and contamination that may have accumulated. Also beneficial for people suffering from constipation, may prevent ulcers.4. Raw or cooking banana (Musaparadisiaca)
There are starchy, antibacterial compounds in plantains that inhibit the growth of ulcer-causing Helicobacter Pylori. They also clear out the acidity of gastric juices, lower the inflammation and strengthen the stomach lining.5. Bhindi or Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
The slimy stuff in okra is alkaline which neutralizes the stomach acid. Additionally, it provides a protective coating within the digestive tract, which speeds up the healing process of peptic ulcers. Mucilage (slime) with fiber relieves and prevents constipation, binds toxins and lubricates the large intestines. This ensures effortless and normal bowel movement due to its natural laxative property.