Promote Healthy Digestion During Menopause with Diet
August 1, 2012|
Our digestive health can be maintained by the foods we eat. Today, our expert guest blogger is Holistic Health and Menopause Coach, Margie King. And she is sharing a secret ingredient with us that will keep your digestive system healthy during menopause.
Secret Ingredient for Healthy Digestion
Millet is an ancient grain introduced into the United States in the late 1800’s but relegated to use primarily as livestock and bird feed. Because it is gluten free, easily digested and rich in nutrients, millet is making a comeback in the American diet.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat which many people cannot digest. Symptoms of gluten intolerance may include diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and fatigue. Millet is a good alternative source of whole grains both for those with gluten intolerance and those wanting to increase fiber in their diet.
In addition to insoluble fiber, millet is a rich source of B vitamins, folate, magnesium and potassium. Because it is so small, millet cooks fairly quickly compared to other whole grains, and can be simply boiled like brown rice or cooked like a rice pilaf. It can also be served as a sweet, creamy morning porridge.
How have you used your diet to help maintain your digestive health during menopause?