Understanding how diet affects your gut health is important if you wish to relieve or even better manage your symptoms. While significant diet changes may seem overwhelming, the experts at GI Associates are happy to work with you to identify the best diet to help manage your symptoms.
As a key component of a healthy diet, fiber is crucial for smooth digestion and eliminating waste. But did you know that most people are not consuming enough fiber daily?
Fortunately, incorporating a high-fiber diet can offer a range of nutritional benefits, such as aiding constipation, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, and diabetes. However, it's important to gradually increase your fiber intake to avoid feeling bloated or experiencing increased gas. Be sure to also drink plenty of fluids while adjusting your diet. Experts at GI Associates can work you through the process of changing your diet for better digestive health – schedule your appointment today!
If you're dealing with diverticulitis, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis flare-ups, or have a narrowed bowel, a low-residue diet may be necessary. This specialized diet slows stool movement and reduces its volume, helping to prevent blockages. A carefully planned low-residue diet can meet your Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for nutrition, but it is important to consult regularly with your doctor to ensure balanced nutrients.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like bloating, diarrhea, and excessive gas – a Low FODMAP diet may be helpful. FODMAPs are specific carbohydrates found in everyday foods that may worsen IBS symptoms. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols - complex names for molecules that certain people have trouble absorbing in their small intestine. These molecules then serve as a food source for bacteria in the large intestine, leading to malabsorption and IBS symptoms.
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