by Nevine El-Chibini
Many of us suffer from stomach cramps and bloating after consuming meals.
While there may be specific and individual medical and allergy issues, we can all benefit from some tips to help us digest and absorb our some of our vegetables better.
DID YOU KNOW?
Certain foods, especially when consumed raw may be the precursors to the bloat?
Superfoods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and beans, for example, generate “raffinose”, a complex sugar that we may lack the digestive enzyme to break down. This, in turn, results in hydrogen production and the result can be gas and bloat.
Raw broccoli = undigested raffinose = hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane gas = cramps and bloat
When vegetables are fermented, they are more easily digested as the raffinose is broken down. In addition, they have great health benefits to offer including the reduction of inflammation and great nutrition.
One great solution: Fermented vegetables – a workshop not to be missed!
My next workshop will focus on the technique to make your own fermented vegetables (or purchase them) in order to fully absorb and digest them while bypassing the pain and bloat. In addition, you will discover how amazing they are for your gut and general health. Do message me to register.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy this simple recipe to tame the tummy and beat the bloat.
Tummy taming tea
1 cup boiling water
1″ piece of ginger root, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey (is optional)
Add the ingredients to the boiling water – let simmer for 7-8 minutes – strain and enjoy after meals.
Health tip: keep in mind that fruits and dairy contain other types of complex sugars that may also be worth investigating when it comes to our digestive health.
Nevine El-Chibini is an optimal food coach (naturopath), a volunteer for a decade, a mother and grandmother who lives in Pierrefonds with her husband and cat. She loves to read, learn, write poetry and cook using her husband’s gardening hobby. She uses fun and creative real-life education, content-rich engaging talks and demonstrations to inspire people to join a nutritional wellness revolution. In addition to coaching people one-on-one and in groups, you will find Nevine in multiple venues in the community. Nevine also focuses on other facets of a healthy mind, body and spirit and so she takes long walks in the forest, jogs and practices yoga. www.facebook.com/nevinescuisine