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Posts for: March, 2020

By Queens Boulevard ASC
March 26, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Digestive Health  

Find out how your diet impacts your GI tract and how to eat to improve digestion.

While we all experience an upset stomach, diarrhea or heartburn here and there, if these problems are becoming the norm for you then they can greatly impact your health and quality of life. Of course, what you put in your body can also seriously affect your digestive health. Whether you are looking to ease digestive problems with dietary changes or you just want to give your digestive health a little TLC, our Rego Park, NY, gastroenterologists are here to help.

Here are some tips on how to improve your nutrition to aid in better digestive health,

Embrace a Whole, Unprocessed Diet

Avoid refined carbs and processed foods and swap these out for wholesome, real food. This means avoiding junk food and fast food. While these foods can occasionally be a nice splurge or treat, eating these foods on a regular basis can create a gastrointestinal storm of inflammation and irritable bowel syndrome due to the additives, glucose, trans fats, salt and other chemicals.

Natural Sugars Only, Please (in Moderation, Of Course!)

Ditch those artificial sweeteners. While you may think that those low-calorie drinks may be better for you, think again. In fact, artificial sweeteners such as xylitol can cause some serious digestive problems including intense stomach pains, cramping and diarrhea. Furthermore, artificial sweeteners may also increase the number of harmful bacteria in the gut, which could lead to IBS, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

Fiber is Your Digestive Tract’s Best Friend

It’s important that everyone is getting enough fiber in their diet, which helps to keep the digestive tract moving. Unfortunately, many people are getting the recommended amount of daily fiber. If you are one of those people you may be coming into our Rego Park, NY, office complaining of chronic constipation. A gastroenterologist will often recommend increasing your fiber intake by adding more nuts, oats, legumes and whole grains to your diet. A diet that is high in fiber can even reduce your risk for hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, acid reflux and IBS.

Water, Water, Water

Staying hydrated is also a great way to stave off digestive issues such as constipation. Of course, water is the best choice, as it can flush out toxins from your system; however, you can also get fluids from herbal teas such as peppermint (which can also quell an upset stomach), broth and certain fruits and veggies that are high in water such as cucumbers, celery and tomatoes. People in hot climates, as well as athletes will need to consume more than the recommended 1.5-2 liters of water a day.

If you are experiencing regular digestive issues, we know that finding the answer to what’s going on isn’t always easy. Luckily our team of gastroenterologists at Queens Boulevard Endoscopy Center in Rego Park, NY, can diagnose and treat your digestive problems. Call us at (718) 406-8000 to schedule an evaluation.




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