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By Vikram Jayanty, M.D. PA
February 15, 2021
Tags: Digestive Health  

Maintaining Good Digestive Health

You know the importance of nutritious eating for maintaining a healthy weight, staying energetic and fueling your body, but what you eat also has an impact on your digestive health, one of the key components to overall wellness.

A balanced meal plan with an emphasis on fiber-rich foods, prebiotics and probiotics can help you alleviate stomach pain, bloating, constipation or loose stools caused by your diet so you feel comfortable after eating and your digestive system runs smoothly and efficiently.

Dr. Vikram Jayanty of Houston Endoscopy and Research Center in Houston, TX can assist you with your gastroenterology needs to maintain good digestive health.

Keys to digestive health:

  • Fiber: Fiber, which comes in soluble and insoluble forms, is found in foods like whole grains, legumes, produce, nuts and seeds. Fiber absorbs water to create bulk and helps you produce regular bowel movements.
  • Water: Consuming enough fluids is essential for helping you digest your food and pass stool easily.
  • Probiotics: Found in dairy and fermented foods, probiotics are healthy bacteria which help the body break down fiber. Probiotics can also be taken in the form of a supplement.
  • Avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners: Foods high in salt, sugar or sugar substitutes can cause bloating or increase the levels of harmful bacteria in the gut.
  • Chew thoroughly and eat slowly: Rushing through your meals can cause air bubbles to develop in the stomach and lead to gas, indigestion or bloating.
  • Manage stress: Stress can cause upset stomach and digestive problems, as there is a correlation between gut and mental health. Make time for relaxation or meditation.
  • Choose healthy fats: Eating a high-fat diet, especially one low in carbohydrates like the Atkins or keto diets, can lead to constipation and kidney distress. It is important to eat good fats, however, like those found in olive oil, nuts and avocado.
  • Exercise: Movement helps keep your digestive system flowing.
  • Food allergy testing: If you find your stomach is especially sensitive to gluten, dairy or other foods, you may want to be tested at our gastroenterology office in Houston, TX. You will likely find relief by removing foods you are intolerant to.

Call gastroenterology expert Dr. Vikram Jayanty in Houston, TX, at (713) 932-9200 for more information on digestive health.