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When it comes to overall health and wellbeing, many people focus their attention on their figure (developing muscle or toning up) and stamina (carrying out cardiovascular exercise in order to increase their endurance). However, it’s also important that we take a look at the health and functioning of individual aspects of our body, including areas that we may not be able to actually see. For now, let’s take a look at an often neglected area of ourselves: Taking care of your gut!
Recognising Problems Early On
A huge proportion of the population suffer from digestive problems, which directly affect the gut, so if you do find that you suffer from conditions such as IBS, diverticulitis, or GERD, you’re one of many and needn’t feel isolated or alone. Unfortunately, many digestive problems are still a puzzle to modern medicine, and many cannot yet be cured. However, because of the degree of people who suffer from these conditions, there are many options and treatments to soothe the symptoms and provide relief. Many are even available over the counter!
If you find that you are frequently suffering symptoms such as stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, or heartburn, it’s best to consult your doctor who will be able to help with diagnosis and treatment options. For more information on irritable bowel syndrome, the most common of the digestive problems, read more here at patient.info.
Incorporating Fibre Into Your Diet
When it comes to taking the best care of your gut possible, fibre becomes a key part of your diet. It is recommended that you consume 30g of fibre every day. But not to worry. The good news is that foods with a high fibre content are pretty easy to come across and even easier to incorporate into your meals. Consider wholegrain or wholemeal bread, beans, brown or wholegrain rice, nuts, and bran based cereal. If you have a jacket potato, make sure to eat the skin!
So, we know that we’re advised to eat these types of food. But how will they actively help your gut? Well, fibre is a form of carbohydrate that doesn’t get digested by the enzymes in our small intestine. It is consequently able to help smooth out digestion and provides fuel for the good bacteria in our large intestine. Fibre also releases volatile fatty acids which are hugely beneficial for the health of our colon.
Endless advertisements for probiotic drinks claim that they are essential for the functioning of a healthy gut. While this isn’t necessarily true (you can indeed have a healthy gut without investing in these products), these probiotic drinks can indeed help to alleviate the symptoms of an unhealthy gut, such as cramping, bloating, and irregular bowel movements. The probiotic bacteria contained within these drinks are said to supplement the gut’s natural bacteria. However, scientists are still unsure as to how exactly they benefit the individual.
These are just a few ways that you can help to maintain a healthy and happy gut. Make sure that you monitor your digestive health and if you do notice problems arising, remember to incorporate more fibre into your diet and consult a health professional for further diagnosis and advice.
This post was contributed to Life, Love and Dirty Dishes
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