Maintaining good digestive health is important for overall health. Digestion is the body’s way of obtaining essential nutrients from the foods and beverages you consume. When digestive problems occur, it can be more difficult for the body to gather the nutrients it needs. One way of promoting good digestive health is through proper nutrition. At Rochester Gastroenterology Associates in Rochester, NY, our knowledgeable gastroenterologists and family nurse practitioners can provide tips for improving digestive health through good nutrition.
Good Nutrition and Digestive Health
Eating a healthy diet and well-balanced diet can lead to better digestive health. Likewise, consuming a diet low in essential nutrients can adversely affect digestive health and lead to gastrointestinal problems. A healthy, balanced diet should include a mix of proteins, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Foods that can aid in better digestion include:
- Fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber and essential nutrients — beans, legumes, apples, bananas, and oranges
- Leafy green vegetables — lettuce and other greens
- Whole-grain foods — quinoa or brown rice
- Yogurt containing probiotics
- Kefir (fermented milk containing probiotics)
There are a number of diseases and conditions that can affect digestive health. For example, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are all associated with digestive or intestinal problems. However, the foods and beverages we consume can also cause digestive problems. Symptoms commonly associated with digestive issues include:
If you are experiencing digestive problems, whether due to diet or an existing condition, one of the skilled gastroenterologists at our office in Rochester, NY, can be available through a telemedicine appointment to provide guidance on managing your symptoms.
Good nutrition can aid in better digestion by making it easier for the body to absorb essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Schedule a telemedicine appointment to speak with one of our family nurse practitioners or gastroenterologists at our office in Rochester, NY, about improving your digestive health. Call Rochester Gastroenterology Associates at (585) 267-4040 for the Linden Oaks location or (585) 227-1080 for the Canal Landing office.