The Truth About Food and Excellent Digestion


Do you have digestive issues? Do you have bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea? If you answer yes to any of these symptoms, then your food is probably one part of the problem. Most of us have a sensitivity or an allergen to a food. Our sensitivities and allergens are not just to the typical allergy foods of milk, wheat, eggs or peanuts. It can be anything you eat on a regular basis.

5 nutrients for excellent gut health

There are a couple of ways to figure out if what you are eating is causing your digestive issues. One popular way is the elimination diet. It is just like it sounds. Eliminate foods from your routine for at least 4 weeks. Next, reintroduce those foods and see if the symptoms reappear. This method sounds really simple but it is not an effective process. The downside is:

  • You are guessing which foods are the problem foods

  • It takes a long time

  • You may not solve the digestive issue the first time so you have to find more foods to eliminate

Another way to identify food sensitivities and allergens is to take an IgG food allergy test. The IgG food allergy test is a blood test that is able to identify foods that are an issue for you that you ate 28 days ago. This is much better than a traditional allergy test that is performed in a Doctor's office with pin pricks. It is easy to get access to the test. You can go to a website like Great Plains Laboratory or EverlyWell to get a test. Great Plains requires a Doctor to be part of the testing while EverlyWell you can do yourself.

foods that are typical allergies such as eggs and bread

The great thing about an IgG food allergy test is you get the results quickly. Now you know which foods are causing you digestion issues. The foods can be eliminated from your lifestyle helping your digestive tract to heal. The results are good for about 5 years. If you aren't willing to take the test, that is your decision. Some people prefer to try methods like the elimination diet. Since you are your own health advocate, you get to decide what is right for you.

Once you've determined food sensitivities and allergens to eliminate from your diet, then you can start focusing on eating foods that support healthy digestion. The nutrients your digestive tract needs to stay healthy are: Fiber, Probiotics, Vitamin A, Zinc and Quercetin.

FIBER

Did you know that the average American only eats 10-15 grams of fiber a day? No wonder there are so many digestive health issues! We really need to eat between 8-12 grams at every major meal. Fiber is really important for the digestive tract. It helps to detox the body by binding fat soluble waste so it can be eliminated from the body. Plus, the movement of elimination keeps the digestive tract muscles healthy.

fiber is important for digestive health