Gut Week: Best Foods For The Gut And Why It’s Important To Eat Healthily (PICTURES)

How to have a healthy digestive system

You can help ease the symptoms of IBS by changing your diet

All cells function more efficiently when they are properly hydrated,” says Karen Poole. Fresh Coconut Alice Mackintosh swears by coconut. “Coconuts contain beneficial fats, some of which have been found to help support the immune system in the gut. “Lauric acid in particular has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal actions, helping to fight off occasional stomach upsets. I recommend snacking on fresh coconut fruit which can be bought from many supermarkets.” Kale Chips A great alternative to crisps, Alice says: “Inflammation in the gut can disrupt its function, and some foods can be quite pro-inflammatory (meat, refined carbs and sugar). “Kale and other green leafy vegetables are anti-inflammatory, whilst also being rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fibre, making them an ideal gut supporting snack.” Fruits And Vegetables A really good salad for the gut, says Karen is broad beans, rocket and tomatoes.
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This will not only give you an amazing refreshing break, but it will also help the gut start to digest the food, meaning your body will feel much more comfortable. Are there any particular foods we should try to avoid, or eat less of because theyre harder to digest? Although the human body is individual and everyone often experiences different things with foods, we do find that very fatty and sugary foods are the hardest to digest. Interestingly if you have a sensitive gut, you may also find that cooked vegetables and fruits are easier to digest than raw.
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Digestive System: Facts, Function & Diseases

Infographic: all about your stomach and how digestion works.

Diseases of the digestive system Many problems can affect the GI tract, including: abdominal pain, blood in the stool, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, incontinence, nausea and vomiting and difficulty swallowing. Among the most widely known diseases of the digestive system is colon cancer. This is typically a slow-growing cancer that is often survivable if caught early. Many diseases and conditions of the digestive system including irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, diverticulitis, GERD, Crohns disease, celiac disease, peptic ulcer and hiatal hernia can be chronic and are difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the diseases of the digestive system are tied to the foods we eat, and many sufferers must restrict their diets. [ Tips for Preventing Stomach Aches ] There are a number of tests to detect digestive tract ailments.
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