Maintain your GI tract: Developing good eating habits
One of the most important and effective ways to maintaining your gastrointestinal tract health is by developing good eating habits. For people who have maintained good eating habits from a young age, these dietary decisions may seem obvious, but not everyone knows how to make the right food choices. Developing good diet behavior is a question of paying attention over the long term so that conscious dietary decisions become habits.
Your body’s regular functions and overall health are heavily influenced by your diet, explains Dr. Dale C. Holly, an Atlanta gastroenterologist. For instance, “You can achieve regularity without the use of laxatives by adhering to the consumption of high fiber foods daily,” Holly says.
Diet can also serves as an effective tool for weight loss or constipation. “There are much better alternatives [to procedures such as colon cleansing] available to patients if they are willing to embrace a change in their mindset and goals,” Holly says.
A few changes to your diet can deliver healthy vitamins and nutrients can include red beets, cod liver oil, oats and avocados. Potatoes, which are high in fiber, can also be a good base for diet that benefits the GI tract. Some types of potatoes also contain beneficial complex carbohydrates, vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese.
It can be difficult to change dietary habits if the food seems unappealing, so it is important to mix it up. Be sure to give it some time, as your taste buds might have to readjust to the natural flavor of vegetables and fruits, as well as to the loss of certain foods from your eating routine.
Naturally, when making dietary changes, you also want to think about the quantity of food you consume and how frequently you eat. Many diet experts recommend eating smaller amounts of food more often, such as a small meal or snack every three to four hours. The International Food Information Council Foundation recommends eating at regular times to help you GI tract working smoothly as well as drinking plenty of fluids, water in particular.
Instead of tackling everything at once, establish a plan to slowly develop healthier eating habits, implementing routines gradually to maintain your GI tract in the long run.