“They Say Never Ignore Your Gut Feeling & They Are Right”
Our digestive system or gastrointestinal system consists of our food pipe that is also called the esophagus and our stomach which is a bag for food storage as well as the digestion of the ingested food. A healthy gut is one of the main systems of our body as it is the supply area for our body’s energy. However certain practices lead to an unhealthy gut. For example eating out often, lying down immediately after eating, physical inactivity, spicy foods, unhygienic foods, stress, eating a low fiber diet, and certain medications can cause gastrointestinal problems such as gas, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, etc.
How A Compromised Gut Affects The Quality Of Life?
An unhealthy gut causes a poor quality of life. One cannot perform their regular tasks actively if their gut is compromised due to any reason mentioned above. This is because the stomach will not be able to extract the important nutrients from the food through digestion and therefore the body will not get the energy to perform the daily tasks. For this reason, it is important to make sure that the gut is working well.
Types Of Gut Disorders
There are two types of gut disorders, structural disorders, and functional disorders.
Functional diseases are those in which the GI tract looks normal when examined, but doesn’t move properly. They are the most common problems affecting the GI tract (including the colon and rectum). Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, food poisoning, gas, bloating, GERD, and diarrhea are common examples.
Structural gastrointestinal diseases are those where your bowel looks abnormal upon examination and also doesn’t work properly. Sometimes, the structural abnormality needs to be removed surgically. Common examples of structural GI diseases include strictures, stenosis, hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, colon polyps, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.
What Causes GI Disorders?
Many factors may upset your GI tract and its motility (ability to keep moving), including:
- Eating a diet low in fiber.
- Not getting enough exercise.
- Traveling or other changes in routine.
- Eating large amounts of dairy products.
- Overusing anti-diarrheal medications that, over time, weaken the bowel muscle movements called motility.
- Taking antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum.
Dietary Components For A Healthy Gut
The type of diet we consume directly affects our digestive system. If the diet is not rich in nutrients that help in digestive functioning or if it contains toxins and bacteria it can impose a serious threat to our stomach. The symptoms of GI diseases vary from mild to severe. However, even the mild symptoms are strong enough to hinder the quality of our lives.
Foods To Eat
- Dairy- your diet must include dairy especially yogurt because it has natural probiotics. Our colon has good bacteria called prebiotics that help to fight harmful bacteria and keep our gut healthy. Yogurt has probiotics which is the food for prebiotics.
- Fruits: fruits are gut-friendly. They do not put a digestive burden on the gut and contain anti-inflammatory properties to avoid gastritis. Also, they provide fiber for bowel movements.
- Vegetables: if your gut does not get enough fiber it gets difficult for it to move the digested food down the organ. Fiber is therefore important for the bowel movement and if there is not enough fiber it will cause constipation.
- Whole grains: they are also a rich source of fiber
Foods To Avoid
- Spicy foods
- Unhygienic foods
- Oily foods
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