New cravings are awakened each season. The Summer months inspire us to eat loads of cooling foods like watermelon, ice cream, cucumbers, and salads (all types.)
Unfortunately, most salads or veggie & dip platters are served with raw food. Raw food has many benefits but also can be difficult for some people to digest.
Raw food is actually rich in enzymes and vitamins. Most vegetables are easier on the digestive system than cooked food but there’s always an exception. Vegetables in the cruciferous family- cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower can make it very uncomfortable for people to digest which leads to the stomach bloat and smelly gas.
The cruciferous vegetable family contains high levels of sulfur and fiber which make it difficult to escape the toots! You may wonder why broccoli is considered a superfood. When consumed, the sulfur actually acts as a little soldier fighting against harmful free radicals and providing a powerful detoxifying effect while in motion.
Enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants in vegetables are extremely beneficial but are useless if your body can’t break down the foods and absorb the nutrients. When you start rebuilding your gut flora and strengthen your intestinal lining, raw vegetables may not be the best because your body spends a lot of energy digesting these types of foods.
In the beginning of your gut restoring journey, your body is stressed and you’re operating on reserves. As you work on strengthening your digestive system, try lightly steaming these vegetables so that your body doesn’t have to do a lot of hard work - your body works hard enough!
Here are a few ways you can get the benefits of cruciferous vegetables without the gas and bloating…
As you build up your microbiome and repair the lining of the intestines it’ll be easier to digest raw vegetables. Restoring your gut health can take months, sometimes even years so be patient and don’t let the process stop you from enjoying these health promoting vegetables.
If you’re seriously interested in feeling energized and restoring your digestion, check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health, details here RESTORE In the program you get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
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Cheers to a happy gut!