A balanced diet that includes fruits and veggies are key to streamlining your digestive tract. So when you’re suffering from IBD-D, it’s more important than ever to feed your body the right stuff. Here are three tips that can help keep your body running at optimal conditions.
Water – Drink It!
First and foremost, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Six to eight 8-ounce glasses of plain water each day is important to keeping your body hydrates and running at a prime condition. If you are confused on exactly what 8-ounces is, just think of it as six to eight 1 cup measuring cups. See, you can do that!
You may notice that certain foods make you react in different ways. Keep a journal of your food and make notes on which don’t sit quite right, as well as the time you are eating. Foods like milk, chocolate, and fried foods are known to cause symptoms. Knowing that triggers may not only be food, but also the time of day you eat, is important to getting in touch with your body so you can avoid those triggers. Write it down, make notes of what works and what doesn’t – you might surprise yourself.
The Right Fiber
Don’t avoid fiber completely if you suffer from IBS-D. There are certain fibers that can actually help your body protect itself from heart disease and cancer. Focus on eating soluble fiber – this is the fiber that stays in your digestive tract for a longer period of time and adds bulk which can help your colon work even better than before. Soluble fiber can be found in foods like peas, brown rice, and oats.
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