Digestive Health

Tips

In addition to seeking professional medical attention for your digestive disorders, there are some things you can do on a daily basis to help promote a healthy digestive system. Here’s a list of the Top 10 ways Gastroenterology Associates can recommend for you to incorporate into your daily routine:

  1. Eat and Drink Slowly, and Chew Food Completely – Eating or drinking too fast, as well as incomplete chewing, can cause gas, bloating, heartburn and constipation.
  2. Avoid Carbonated Beverages – Carbonated beverages can cause excessive belching and intestinal sensitivity.
  3. Avoid Chewing Gum or Sucking on Hard Candies – Chewing gum or sucking on hard candies can cause excessive belching and intestinal sensitivity.
  4. Limit Your Intake of Fatty Foods, Caffeine, Chocolate and Peppermint – Fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate and peppermint can cause heartburn. 
  5. Reduce or Eliminate Foods That May Cause You Intestinal Discomfort – Dairy products, broccoli, baked beans, cabbage, cauliflower, wheat, oats, corn and potatoes are foods that are likely to cause gas which can result in abdominal bloating and discomfort. 
  6. Avoid Overeating – Overeating, as well as eating immediately before going to bed can cause heartburn and weight gain.
  7. Avoid Excessive Swallowing – Excessive swallowing, usually due to nervous tension or postnasal drip can cause gas, bloating and heartburn. 
  8. Take All Medications as Prescribed – See your doctor regularly to check on your medications and their side effects. 
  9. Gradually Increase Your Intake of Fiber and Fluids – Increasing your fiber and fluids can improve overall digestion, plus prevent and manage constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and hemorrhoids. Foods rich in fiber include cereals, whole grains, bran, fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of fluids, including water, soup, broth and juices.
  10. Live the Healthiest Lifestyle Possible – Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, using liver-damaging drugs and enduring excessive amounts of stress, all of which can lead to ulcers, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and more serious liver-related diseases. In addition, maintain a healthy diet—limit fat and salt intake, and avoid high amounts of dairy products, commercially baked goods, hot dogs, deli meats and cold cuts, oils, gravies and salad dressing.

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