Digestive discomfort: everybody has it, but no one wants to talk about it. But if you are among the 70 million men and women whose lives are disrupted by a diagnosable digestive disorder, it’s time to open up to your physician. Don’t let your GI tract call the shots a moment longer.
Up to 50% of people in the U.S. deal with gastrointestinal (GI) problems. In fact, more of us experience digestive difficulties each year than the common cold. On average, we each spend $500 annually on laxatives and fiber supplements alone!
Easy Ways to Boost Your Best Digestive Health
- Eat a diet high in natural sources of fiber. The benefits of foods with artificially added fiber is unclear, so try to get as much fiber from grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes as possible.
- Be careful using painkillers. When you’re dealing with intense abdominal pain, you may want to reach for NSAIDS (like ibuprofen). Unfortunately, they will worsen some conditions like peptic ulcers. Talk to your doctor about safe ways to manage your pain.
- Drink like a fish and eat some, too. Take in at least 64 ounces (that’s four standard water bottles) of water daily. It’s also recommended you consume sources of omega-3 fatty acids (which are found in fish such as salmon and mackerel), which reduce intestinal inflammation.
- Treat yourself right. As with any illness, your body may be crying out for help after a period of improper use. If you’re not getting enough exercise, nutrients, relaxation or sleep, it’s often a matter of time before something goes wrong.
On July 9, Florida Hospital Tampa will host a seminar on digestive disorders. Insuring Your Digestive Health will feature experts who will discuss common serious digestive disorders and current treatment options. An insurance specialist will also be available to give you tips on how to navigate your insurance to get to your preferred specialist.