How To Help Digestive Health
Digestive issues are very common. I have endured such issues as Gastritis and Acid Reflux. This encouraged me to find out as much as I could on the subject and what I could do. This is what I found.
Receiving a diagnosis of anything that affects your digestive system can change your life. It might be an immune disease like Celiac disease or something like IBS. Whatever your diagnosis, it often means you have to completely reassess your diet. Suddenly, you can no longer eat many of your favorite things.
Sometimes you may already have cut some items from your diet. But your new diagnosis could mean a more radical change. Changing your diet can be hard, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. You can even turn it into a positive experience, especially as it will make you healthier.
Understand What You Can and Can’t Eat
The first thing you need to do is educate yourself about what is now off limits. For example, you may be unable to have dairy. You know about plenty of products that you’re sure are dairy or contain dairy. It’s easy to identify things like cheese and ice cream.
However, there can be many products that contain dairy without you knowing, unless you check the ingredients label. Perhaps you can no longer have gluten. You’ll need to identify what types of grain contain gluten so you know what you can and can’t have.
Look for Recipe Inspiration
It can feel like all of your usual foods are now out of bounds for you. In fact, sometimes it might seem like everyone’s usual foods are no longer good for you. You might feel like you’re left with only two meals you can make and eat. If you want to readjust your diet, learning some new recipes is a great way to explore. You can even find special cookbooks designed to help people with your condition. For example, you can buy one for people on a SIBO diet who need to treat small intestine bacterial overgrowth.
Many people have favorite things that they miss when they start a restricted diet. Whether it’s cheese, chocolate or bread, it can be hard not to give in. However, you can look for alternatives that might help your cravings. You won’t always be able to find something that replicates what you love exactly. But you can get close, and you might even find something you like better. Try having a hot chocolate with almond milk or bread made with an alternative grain. You could reinvent your favorite recipes with alternative ingredients.
Use It As an Opportunity to Try New Things
Your new diet also gives you a great excuse to explore new things. In fact, it’s a necessity if you don’t want to get bored. One of the things you can do is to explore food from different cultures. For example, if you can no longer use dairy, look at cuisines where they don’t use it much. If you can’t eat meat, try vegetarian or pescetarian dishes from around the world. It will help you cook new meals for yourself and find restaurants you love too.
Finding out you need a new diet can be disappointing, but it’s what’s best for your health. Try using it as an opportunity to explore new food.