AMPM services multiple GI practices — so we see on a daily basis the importance of keeping your digestive system healthy and preventing diseases. Here are just a few tips for your digestive wellness:
Tip #1: Fiber, fiber, fiber.
According to the Mayo Clinic, dietary fiber is best known for its ability to prevent constipation. Because fiber is made up of the parts of plants that your body can’t digest, it passes intact through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This adds bulk to bowel movements, enabling them to pass more easily. Including a wide variety of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet can also lower cholesterol and help keep blood sugar in check.
Make sure to stock up on whole-grain foods, such as brown rice, barley, and bran flakes.
Tip #2: An apple a day….
Most people know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a healthy one. While also high in fiber, the minerals and vitamins found in these foods greatly aid in digestion (Medical News Today). For that reason, try to include fruits and vegetables high in potassium and vitamin C, such as bananas
It is also highly recommended to eat apples and pears with the skin on, after rinsing, as the skin holds much of the fiber content. Other GI happy foods include leafy greens, ginger, and artichokes.
Tip# 3 Bacteria that helps.
Probiotics have long been shown to play a vital role in gastric health. While bacteria is most often associated with germs and sickness, some types can actually help the body. WebMD defines probiotics as “good” microorganisms that help balance out other forms of bacteria in your body. In addition, they affect the nerves that control gut movement which helps food travel through the GI tract.
Foods that contain high probiotic levels include yogurt, miso, and sauerkraut.
Tip #4: Move your body!
Getting enough exercise not only keeps you fit and active but also helps to keep your insides moving too. Livestrong.com explains that the blood flow increase associated with working out can improve circulation to the digestive tract and help it to function efficiently. Exercise has also been shown to relieve symptoms associated with digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome.
A good mix of stress-reducing exercises such as yoga and active cardio workouts can make a real difference. Discuss this with your doctor if you’re not sure which kind of activity is best for you.
Tip #5 Get screened.
Even with a healthy lifestyle, the risk of digestive system diseases such as colorectal cancer increases as we grow older. The American Cancer Society recommends that regular screenings for colorectal cancer begin at age 45. In fact, the Affordable Care Act stipulates that patients over the age of 50 are entitled to one screening every 10 years, paid for by their health insurance.
A screening colonoscopy can detect the warning signs of many gastric diseases long before they become more serious. Based on the findings, your gastroenterologist can also recommend other ways to keep your GI tract healthy. Taking advantage of this service is not only a healthy choice for your digestive system — it can be life-saving!
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