Digestive Health Diet
Although we all know what good quality food is, we still eat mostly high processed foods containing far too much refined sugar and unhealthy animal fats. This is not considered to be a good digestive health diet, and is precisely what throws off your intestinal tract’s balance of good and bad bacteria, which is the key for having good digestive health.
It’s easier said than done, after all if you have been eating white bread your whole life, changing over to whole grain bread is not very easy for everyone. Same with white pasta and white rice, to whole wheat pasta and brown rice. Who knows why those industries chose to take all the good stuff out of the natural foods but they did and many of us have suffered because of it.
Getting back some of the digestive health diet
Doctors have a saying that goes something like; ” 85% of all illnesses can be cured with proper diet and rest”. Doctors can only recommend healthy things to eat, they don’t give you those things, they will sell you drugs to cure symptoms though. Our job is to prevent those digestive symptoms and disorders through that proper diet they talk about.
“Eat your vegetables”
I’m sure we’ve all heard that one many times while growing up. Not only should we have eaten all our vegetables, but added more fruits and unrefined grains as well. This is where our dietary fiber comes from, and without it, there is lithe chance for good digestive health, especially in the colon where it can get a little messy without good amounts of fiber to keep things moving along and out!
The type of fiber that does this is called insoluble fiber, also known as “roughage”, but the prebiotic fiber known as soluble fiber does a very important job as well, and one that not only keeps your good bacteria fed but inhibits the growth of the bad bacteria.
Here’s how it works:
Soluble fiber, the kind you get from the healthy foods mention earlier, ends up un-digested in the colon (large intestine). There it starts a fermentation process that produces short-chain fatty acids. These acids have the ability to stop the dangerous bacteria called pathogens from sticking to the colon wall.
When pathogens are allowed to do so, they will feed off nutrients, procreate and form cells on our intestinal wall. These cells may become polyps later on, and are the precursors for colon cancer.
So as you can see, a digestive health diet must have enough proper nutrients to maintain a well working digestive system. Many of those nutrients are what scientists call prebiotics.
It’s prebiotics that feed the important good bacteria, sometimes also called probiotics, which must also maintain strength and domination over the bad bacteria, this is key for good digestive health.