There are specific GI diets that can greatly improve your digestive health. It’s not just what you eat and what you drink but what you don’t eat and drink, too that affects how you feel! For instance, many people eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fiber, fruits and vegetables. Poor eating habits, like skipping meals or eating too quickly might also be part of the problem. Mindful eating and making small adjustments can dramatically improve your digestive health.
Our patients often find that keeping a daily food diary is very helpful in managing their GI diseases and disorders and increasing their digestive health. Sometimes it’s as simple as writing down what they eat makes them accountable, resulting in better choices. More often, patients find that by keeping track of what they eat and how they feel helps them identify specific trigger foods that worsen their GI symptoms. They can then modify their diet to avoid these foods, and thus naturally alleviate their symptoms helping to restore digestive health.
Keep in mind, everyone can benefit from these basic recommendations:
- Limit the amount of processed foods
- Eat a high fiber diet
- Include both insoluble and soluble fiber
- Limit foods that are high in fat
- Choose lean meats
- Incorporate probiotics into your diet
- Eat on schedule
- Stay hydrated
- Don’t smoke and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine
- Exercise regularly& manage your stress
Below you will find relevant GI diets. These GI diets may help you alleviate some of your symptoms or just guide you towards healthier choices.
- FODMAP diet for IBS
- High Fiber Diet
- Lactose Intolerance Diet
- Low FODMAP Diet
- Low Fat and Low Cholesterol Diet
- Low Residue Diet
- Gastroparesis Diet
Keep in mind that while diet is very important, there is no research to support the assertion that diet is the cause of your GI disease. Your diet may influence how you experience your symptoms, but your diet did not and does not cause the disease or condition.
There are certain symptoms of digestive problems that should be evaluated by a health professional. If you experiencing any of the following, please schedule an appointment with your DDA gastroenterologist.
- blood in your stool
- persistent nausea or vomiting
- unexplained weight loss or weakness