Digestive issues, whether it be a diagnosed inflammatory condition such as Crohn’s or symptoms such as cramping, irregular bowel movements and pain often described as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), can be significantly impacted by your diet.
Nutrition, and the foods we eat, play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our digestive system. When presenting with any digestive symptoms, you may benefit from talking to a Nutritionist who will look at your diet first. Food allergies or intolerances may be present, or there may be other foods contributing to your symptoms, such as sugar or caffeine. As well, it is important to include specific digestive-friendly foods, such as fibre, prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods.
Changing your diet does not have to be daunting, or boring. Small changes make all the difference and including digestive-friendly foods can be very tasty. Nuts may be too difficult to digest for example, but nut butters are easier to digest. If you need recipe ideas which are easy on your digestion try the TREAT app’s high-protein chocolate hazelnut butter breakfast porridge. Need to include more soft easy to digest fibre? Try their nutritionist approved chia seed pudding. Prebiotic-rich garlic and onions feed that healthy bacteria in our gut, so why not try a soup?
When looking at nutrition to help ease symptoms and reduce inflammation, it is important to make the distinction between symptoms as there is not a “one-size-fits-all” diet when it comes to digestive health and wellness. For instance, raw foods such as sliced carrots or cucumber can be great to help those with IBS, however can cause a flareup for those with Crohn’s or Colitis. Via the app, TREAT Nutritionists play “digestive detective” and educate you on the dietary choices that will keep you happy, healthy and symptom-free! You can download TREAT from the app store and be assigned your own nutrition coach, who can personally help you to transform your diet with anti-inflammatory foods.
To learn more about which foods may help with your digestive symptoms and to see plenty of delicious anti-inflammatory recipes, check out the TREAT app blog: http://blog.treatapp.io/. To download the TREAT app visit http://treatapp.io/.