How to eat well for healthy digestion
Throughout your life, your bladder and bowels are vital for health and wellbeing.
By following a sensible diet with lots of the foods that are better for your digestion, you will be helping yourself in the long term.
It is also important to eat at regular intervals to promote healthy metabolism which in turn will help to promote a healthy gut.
And if you or a loved one, especially someone elderly encounter problems with bowel movements, a fibre-rich diet can help to avoid constipation.
Fibre-rich foods include:
- Potatoes with skin on – either baked or boiled
- Nuts & Seeds – especially hazelnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds
- Vegetables – Broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn all are high in fibre
- Peas, Beans & Pulses – including butter beans, lentils and kidney beans
- Fruit – Oranges, melon, berries and pears are all great for digestion
- Whole grains – breakfast cereals, whole wheat rice and pasta and whole grain or brown bread and oats include higher levels of fibre.
Top tips to increase fibre intake
Switch from white pasta and rice to whole grain, instantly lowing the number of carbohydrates and also increasing the amount of fibre
Eat potatoes with the skins on whenever possible – wedges, boiled potatoes or roast potatoes are all excellent with skins left on!
When snacking, go for oatcakes, unsalted seeds or nuts, rye crackers or carrot sticks
To ensure you have a healthy diet, try to ensure that every means includes all of the major food groups: carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Drink at least 2 litres of water a day more is possible. Plain water or cordial based drinks are the best as they contain no / less sugar and more water.
Go when nature calls – it’s really important not to hold on when needing to use the toilet as this can lead to constipation or further infections/bowel or bladder issues.