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Healthy Guts: The Best Foods for Your Digestive Health

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But other choices, that seem healthy, may be too tough for sensitive bellies. Dairy, for example, can be hard to digest for those are lactose intolerant. Alternatives include soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and various “dairy” equivalents.

Broccoli is full of calcium but it, like cauliflower, certain beans, the cabbage family and Brussels sprouts can cause irritation and gas. If you love them, eat in moderation.

Fruit like lemons, limes, tomatoes, oranges and grapefruits can also be too acidic for the stomach.

Being aware of what you eat and how if affects you is so important in knowing what works and what doesn’t. Mindful eating and drinking can ease symptoms very well. Keeping a journal if you have distress will really help.

Most people with serious conditions like Crohn's have learned what works and what doesn’t.

But for many of us with light-to-moderate gut problems, the misery can be avoided through changes in diet, supplements, exercise and — this one is very important — limiting stress.

Our digestive system really is at the center of our well-being. Being mindful of, and responsible for, what we put into our bodies should become habits of a lifetime.

Sources:

US National Library of Medicine. Medicine Plus. Digestive Diseases. Web. Retrieved September 12th, 2015.
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007447.htm

Everyday Health. Digestive Health. “Superfoods That Help Digestion.” Web. Retrieved September 12th, 2015.
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Everyday Health. Digestive Health. “11 Foods to Avoid When You're Having Digestive Problems”. Web. Retrieved September 12th, 2015.
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The Organic Authority. “Brown Rice Vs White Rice”. Mojo Foods. Web. Retrieved September 12th, 2015.
http://www.organicauthority.com/mojo-foods/brown-rice-vs-white-rice.html

Reviewed September 14, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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