It is a well-known fact that we are what we eat. What we put in our mouth not only appeases our hunger but also has a lasting impact on our intestines too. There are a lot of accumulated bacteria and other organisms that live in the gut and what we eat could boost the health of the organisms or make them worse. Researchers have found that gut microbes are very sensitive to the food that we eat, be it vegetables, fruits, burgers, pizzas, beef, pork or even dairy products and research is under way to find out which foods have a positive impact on the gut.
Thanks to modernisation, we are fast leaving traditional foods behind and opting for processed foods with artificial flavours, low nutritive content and enhancers that just appease our hunger but add no value whatsoever. These foods, in turn, cause numerous problems like indigestion, ulcers, fatigue, allergies, diverticulitis and candidiasis. It is only in the best interest of your intestines that you should eat healthy, easily digestible food and stay away from high fat and fried foods, chilli peppers, dairy products, alcohol, berries, chocolate, carbonated drinks, coffee and tea. Instead of them, enjoy cooling foods like yogurt, fish, lean meat, whole grains, bananas, and ginger for which your gut will thank you.
It is quite simple to keep your gut healthy and it entirely depends on your food intake and the lifestyle that you lead. If you belong to the category that eats the healthiest food but leads a sedentary life, it’s time to change that. Your body needs at least an hour of exercise each and every day apart from nutritious food to keep it strong and healthy.
Some important factors to keep in mind to have a healthy gut are:
- Eat simple and easily digestible foods
- Make nutritious meals that are tasty
- Avoid high calorie meals and opt for tasty low calorie options
- Drink lots of water
- Control your portions
- Detox every few weeks
- Keep away from spice
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid foods that upset the stomach
If lifestyle changes are not made and nutritious food is not eaten, there is a chance that you may develop severe abdominal pain, blood in stool and even cancer. When this happens, medical advice needs to be sought. The doctor may perform a Colonoscopy to find out the root cause. While performing a colonoscopy, the examiner will examine the insides of the colon through the anus to see what the cause of the problem is so that the right course of treatment can be advised. At Apollo Day Surgery, you can get a check-up done and leave the same day and resume your normal activities.
When your gut is healthy, you will feel comfortable, light and a sense of well-being will envelop you. Eat right and exercise often to have a happy and healthy gut.