Smart Nutrition Habits for Gastrointestinal Problems
Do you suffer from gastrointestinal problems? Do they get worse after you eat? Your diet may be partially to blame for the discomfort you experience. If you are tired of being uncomfortable after eating, try experimenting with some of these smart nutrition habits for gastrointestinal problems.
Eat Smaller Meals
One of the most common causes of gastrointestinal problems is overeating. The actual portion of food the human body requires, compared to how much it desires (or is served in a restaurant) is vastly different. Try eating smaller meals; when ordering in a restaurant, ask for a to-go box when you order and put half your food in the container to take with you.
Eat More Slowly
Digestion begins in the mouth. To truly digest your food (and to enjoy it more), chew slowly. Let your teeth and saliva do some of the work of breaking down the food. Savor the flavors. Put your fork down between bites. Eating should be a moment to relax, not a race.
Moderate Your Diet
We all indulge now and then, and that’s ok. But for better management of your gastrointestinal difficulties, aim for a more balanced diet. Too much of anything – even salad – can be hard for your body to process. A balance of grains and proteins, a small amount of fat, and generous amounts of fruits and veggies can help ensure your digestive system is working optimally.
Exercise can help aid the digestive process. Not only does it help you physiologically by strengthening the digestive tract, but it also reduces stress, which can also be a factor in gastrointestinal discomfort. Try going for a walk right after your meal and see if it makes a difference.
Pay Attention to What Your Body Doesn’t Like
If you have ongoing but intermittent gastrointestinal problems, you may have an allergy or aversion to a certain food. Some people are sensitive to gluten, others to corn. Even if you had no food allergies growing up, you can develop one as an adult.
We can help with digestive and nutrition issues by providing personalized, compassionate care combined with the latest treatment options. Make an appointment today with Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston, TX.