How to Help Manage Your Gastrointestinal Problems with Your Diet
Do you suffer from gastrointestinal difficulties brought on by IBS, Celiac disease, or GERD? Do your symptoms worsen just after you’ve eaten or impact your quality of life? worse after you eat? Our experienced New York City gastroenterology specialists are dedicated to providing personalized endoscopic healthcare to meet the needs of our patients and their families and can diagnose and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, including acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea. You can help manage your gastrointestinal problems with these dietary habits.
Smaller Meals, Slower Eating
Savoring your food by chewing more slowly and allowing digestion to begin where it is supposed to – in the mouth – can minimize post-meal discomfort for many different gastrointestinal ailments. Monitor portion size and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Changing your eating habits and slowing down the process of consuming food can improve your symptoms.
Indulging occasionally in a treat or craving is often worth the subsequent discomfort, but on a daily basis, being mindful about what you eat, and paying attention to what types of foods trigger your symptoms, can help you spend less time in pain (or in the bathroom).
Walking is very helpful in aiding in digestion. A leisurely stroll after lunch, a long walk with your family after dinner, or even a quick jaunt around the office building can help improve your digestion. Over time, extra activity can help eliminate another gastrointestinal symptom trigger: carrying too much weight.
Pay Attention to What Your Body Doesn’t Like
If you have ongoing but intermittent gastrointestinal problems, you may have an allergy or aversion to a certain food. Some people are sensitive to gluten, others to corn. Even if you had no food allergies growing up, you can develop one as an adult.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal difficulties, especially after eating, these habits may help, but you should also seek treatment by contacting Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center to make an appointment.