So what can we do to protect ourselves from digestive disorders, and ensure a healthy and regular digestive system? It all begins with living a healthy lifestyle. Two of the easiest ways to take charge of your digestive health are to monitor your food intake and control stress levels.
Fatty foods (fried foods, cream sauces, high-fat meats and cheeses)
Gas-producing foods like beans and some vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower etc.) While veggies are a good thing, if you are sensitive to IBS you may consider steering clear of certain varieties.
Foods to limit or eliminate -responses are highly individual, but some of the problem foods and beverages to steer clear of or limit include:
Foods to incorporate into your diet -foods that will improve your chances of avoiding IBS and other digestive discomforts include:
Fiber-rich foods. It is recommended that adults take in 20-35 grams of fiber each day.
Dried fruit. Fruits such as prunes are a delicious way to add fiber to the diet. New Sunsweet Ones make snacking on dried fruit even easier with their individual wrappers.
Juices.Fresh 100% juice such as PlumSmart fresh plum juice contains 3 grams of fiber per serving.
Whole grains. Incorporate more whole grains into your diet by including oat bran and wheat bran cereals and whole grain cereals, breads, pastas and brown rice.
Fluids. Whether it's in the form of drinking water, fruit juices or the fluid in fruits and vegetables - it all counts toward the recommended 8 cups of water per day.
Regular physical activity can help keep you "regular" too. Exercise can help prevent the uncomfortable symptoms of IBS such as constipation, gas and bloating.
Taking the steps to include healthy lifestyle habits such as proper diet and regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy digestive system so you can enjoy your life.
Diet's role in maintaining a healthy digestive system, reminds us of the importance of consuming foods and beverages which are good sources of dietary fiber. It is recommended that healthy adults consume 20-35 grams of fiber each day to support digestive health and heart health. But, the fact is that most Americans consume only 15 grams of fiber a day! So, learn where you can find fiber in foods and drinks by reading the Nutrition Facts labels on packages. Get started upping your intake by enjoying an 8 ounce glass of PlumSmart juice which provides 3 grams of fiber. Knowing which foods to limit, as well as which foods to include in your diet will help to maintain a healthy and regular digestive system, and avoid uncomfortable or irregular symptoms.