4. Help Improve Digestion
Zucchini and other types of summer squash are often recommended for digestive issues and diverticulitis since they’re hydrating and provide essential electrolytes and nutrients. Research suggests that zucchini also offers anti-inflammatory protection within the GI tract that can reduce IBS, ulcer-related symptoms and leaky gut syndrome.
There is now mounting evidence to indicate that a compromised epithelial barrier is associated with low-grade immune activation and intestinal dysfunction that can lead to IBS symptoms in some patients. Eating anti-inflammatory foods, such as plenty of non-starchy fresh vegetables, is the first step to lowering body-wide inflammation and gut-related issues.
Zucchini are also very easily digested since they’re largely water, plus they also offer some dietary fiber that can bring natural constipation relief or help treat diarrhea. To obtain the biggest digestive boost, eat the whole vegetable, including the nutrient-rich seeds and skin. You can even add some raw zucchini to your favorite Green Smoothie Recipes.