** Guest Post** - 7 Foods and Herbs For Optimal Digestive Health by Trysh from Pure Path.

If you have been suffering from an upset stomach lately, then it may be time to change your diet. Eating foods that promote good bacteria in your stomach is important for your digestive, and overall health.

Even if you haven’t encountered any digestive problems before, prevention is much better (and cheaper!) than curing. Listed below are seven foods and herbs that are easy to find and can help you achieve optimal digestive health in the short term, long term or both:

1. Bananas

The carbohydrates in bananas are easily broken down by the digestive system giving cells the energy that they need to heal themselves. The fructooligosaccharides in bananas act as a prebiotic helping to stop an abundance of pathogenic organisms from forming.

Bananas are also rich in potassium which is an essential mineral for many functions in the body such as peristalsis. In the digestive tract, peristalsis helps to move the food through different points for maximum efficiency.

2. Soy Sauce

The fermentation process used to create soy sauce helps to create oligosaccharides that are healthy for you as they help create the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine. Furthermore, studies have shown that it helps produce more gastric juice for better digestion.

Polysaccharides in soy sauce may also help limit allergic reactions within the stomach to other foods that you eat or stop seasonal allergies that leave you with an stomach upset.

3. Pineapples

Pineapples are a rich source of cysteine proteinases helping to break down proteins in the digestive tract. It can also help to relieve stomach aches, heartburn and diarrhea.

Furthermore, pineapples are rich in manganese which is a lesser known but essential mineral for proper functioning of the digestive tracts.

4. Avocados

Avocados help the body with carotenoid absorption helping the body break down fats from other foods, allowing those fats to be turned into energy. These carotenoids also help stop free radical damage from occurring in the digestive tract.

Furthermore, the perfect combination of potassium, magnesium and high fiber content in avocados help to move waste through your digestive system more effectively, preventing toxins from spending more time than needed in the body (constipation).

5. Peppermint

Many of the items on this list are actually preventative options to make your digestive system more robust and limit problems. Unfortunately, however, not all digestive problems can be avoid - you may even be going through one right now.

Peppermint is an excellent digestive herb that is a well known treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and other related problems. For IBS, special compounds in peppermint help to activate an anti-pain channel in the colon, reducing pain caused by spicy foods that typically cause inflammation.

Peppermint can be consumed as an essential oil, or in teas such as the Penny Blend which has other digestive herbs such as fennel to make it even more effective.

6. Fennel

Fennel is another incredible digestive food with a host of benefits that will have your digestive system running in tip top shape. It helps to reduce bloating and removes certain carcinogens digestive tract.

It also helps with cramping by relaxing the muscles in the digestive system and stimulating bile flow.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV aids the digestive system on two fronts.

The acetic acids helps to eliminate harmful bacteria and allows our bodies to absorb more minerals from foods than it would if unassisted, thereby increasing the efficiency of our digestive system and providing more nutrients to cells without increasing food intake.

Overall, each of these items have something to contribute to our digestive health. Whether you’re looking to relieve an upset stomach, ease IBS symptoms or reduce the likelihood of any digestion related complications from happening to you, these are some natural solutions that are all very easy to find.