What you eat and how you eat can have a major impact on digestive problems.
The role of nutrition
If your GI tract is abnormal in any way, specific dietary changes to help alleviate some of your symptoms.
Some of these dietary changes may help correct and prevent the problem. For example, increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and drinking more water will help prevent constipation; and excluding gluten, a specific type of protein, may be required for the rest of your life if you have coeliac disease.
Although this may sound difficult, it could save your life and you will be grateful to be able to enjoy your meals again without suffering from painful symptoms afterwards.
A lifestyle change maybe advisable. For example, if you have reflux disease you should avoid lying down after eating; and if you have a peptic ulcer you may need to limit foods and drinks containing caffeine.
Changing your diet
Making the appropriate changes to manage your digestive disorder requires patience and a trial-and-error period. You may find it helps to write down the offending foods that give you wind or cause you to feel bloated. If this continues to happen over and over again, then eliminating these foods may be beneficial to you. But remember, if you eliminate food groups from your diet you may need to take supplements.
For example, those who avoid dairy products will need a calcium supplement to prevent osteoporosis from developing.
One of the best alternatives to assist in digestive disorders, is the Manna Low GI Shake, which can be taken with milk or water. If milk is a problem, take the product with water. The fiber in the product will help to keep your bowl moving.