How to eat with constipation and colitis? The doctor appointed products to normalize intestinal function.
Irina Dvorkina September 24, 2023, 16:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Recommendations to relieve symptoms and prevent exacerbations.
General practitioner, former director of the Hillel Foundation in Saratov.
“Various intestinal diseases, such as constipation or colitis, can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and general well-being. Treatment usually involves dietary changes to relieve symptoms and improve bowel regularity. In this article we will see a gentle diet for intestinal diseases.”
Constipation: nutritious foods for intestinal regularity
Constipation, characterized by infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool, can often be controlled through dietary changes. Choosing foods rich in fiber is essential to promote intestinal regularity and prevent constipation.
Here are some foods that are good for constipation:
Whole grains: brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread. These are excellent sources of fiber, which promote healthy digestion and regular bowel movements; Fruits and vegetables: Apples, pears, berries and vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and leafy greens are rich in fiber and help relieve constipation.
How to improve digestion without medications? The doctor named simple ways to eat legumes: lentils, chickpeas and beans. These are high-fiber foods that support digestive health: nuts and seeds. Eat nuts and seeds such as almonds, flax seeds, and chia seeds. They are an excellent source of fiber and healthy fats, which promote intestinal regularity.
Colitis: soft foods to calm the intestines
Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease and can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and feeling tired. When treating it, it is important to choose products that are gentle on the intestines.
Cooked vegetables. Steam or boil foods such as carrots, zucchini, and green beans until they are soft and easily digestible. They have essential nutrients and do not contain excessive amounts of fiber, which can irritate the intestine. Lean proteins: chicken, fish, tofu and eggs. These protein sources contain essential nutrients but are also easy to digest: Low-fiber fruits: bananas, melons, and peeled soft apples. These fruits are less likely to cause strain on the gut. Grains that are cooked until tender: white rice, oats, and quinoa. Easily digestible grains help provide energy without stressing the gut.
Individual approach to diet.
While the recommendations above can be a good start to making dietary changes, it’s worth noting that people may respond differently to certain foods.
The doctor named 4 non-obvious causes of indigestion.
What works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, listen to your body, pay attention to how certain foods affect you.
It is important to consult with your doctor or registered dietitian before making significant dietary changes, especially if you have special dietary restrictions or medical conditions.
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