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Contrary to what most people think, eating easy-to-digest foods don’t always mean eating tasteless food. Sure, this food may not be quite the same as burgers, French fries, and ribs. But it also may not be as hard on your stomach as these unhealthy foods.

Whether your stomach is upset, or you just want to improve your digestion, you’ll need to learn what food is good for your tummy. So, in this article, we’ll talk about just the kind of foods your stomach will appreciate. Don’t go anywhere.

6 Foods for Easy Digestion

Here’s what food will help your stomach (and you!) feel better.

1. Lean Meat

Lean meat is a great choice to get protein, iron, zinc, B vitamins, and selenium – and without the high fat content. In addition, lean meat is easy to digest. Don’t just think of poultry and pork though. You can eat red meat in moderation if you choose pieces with a lower percentage of fat. Take for example sirloin steak. Choose a skinless breast for chicken. And when it comes to pork, choose tenderloin.

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2. Fish

Fish is one of the best options for your tummy – on condition that you choose wisely. You should stay away from fish with a high level of mercury such as fresh tuna, canned tuna, and shark. The best fish to eat include salmon, sardines, and catfish. These are packed with vitamin D, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Fish is super easy to digest due to a low level of fat, a softer structure, and fewer connective tissues. Your stomach will love it because it will only take about two hours to digest.

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3. Toast

In case your stomach is really sensitive, try plain, non-buttered toast. Toast is one of the best easy-to-digest foods. Plus, its bland taste can help relieve nausea. If you can’t consume whole-wheat toast, be sure to look for a wheat-free product. Just keep in mind that you should only eat toast for a few days during times of acute stomach upset. After all, your body needs nutritious foods to keep it running smoothly.

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4. Whole Grain Food

Whole grains are rich in B vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Plus, they contain phytochemicals. But the best thing about whole grain food is that it gives you that ‘I’m full’ feeling with fewer calories. Doctors recommend eating whole grains every day. So perhaps it’s time to add these to your diet – just don’t eat too much! These can become bad for blood sugar when over-consumed. Oats, whole grain wheat, corn, and brown rice are some of the options you can incorporate into your diet. There’s a ton of delicious meals to make using these foods!

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5. Bananas

This fruit is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, potassium. Thanks to fiber, a banana is easy to digest, and leaves you full for a few hours. Bananas help with heartburn, cofnstipation and stomach ulcers too. A banana is one of the best fruits for the stomach (and body), and should definitely be a part of your daily menu. Add it to your oats for breakfast or eat one banana for brunch. Doctors also recommend giving a banana to the children when they want a dessert because banana contains healthy sugars!

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6. Ginger

A cup of ginger tea is just what the upset stomach needs! For ages, ginger has been used as a remedy for bloating, nausea, and infections.
Why is ginger so beneficial for our bodies? Because it contains lots of active compounds – shogaols and gingerols being the most researched. Moreover, phenolic compounds found in ginger help improve digestion. Other nutrients in ginger are zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, iron, potassium, protein, and dietary fiber. Apart from eating fresh ginger, you can also find it in other forms. Try it dried, powdered, pickled, ground, and even in a tablet form. If you’re pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor about consuming ginger.

A Final Word

These are great foods that help calm your stomach and improve digestion. Here are some additional tips to improve digestion. Eat smaller portions of food but more frequently. Eat slowly. Drink water and workout. And choose food that contain beneficial probiotic bacteria. A happy stomach means a happy gut microbiome!

Erica Mesirov has a Master's degree in holistic nutrition and writes the award winning blog Eat, Lose, Gain. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her dog and her two kittens. When she isn't helping people live vibrantly, Erica spends her time watching girl movies, reading books her mom would say don't challenge her, and making lopsided pottery creations.