Tips for Managing Digestive Disease
Dr. Willard’s® is committed to educating our customers about health-related topics to promote a healthy way of life! This May, we are helping to raise awareness for Celiac Awareness Month and National Digestive Disease Awareness Month. This is a great time for everyone to take the time to assess their diet and health, and determine if they may have a condition that is affecting their health.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the small intestine. Located in our gut, it is responsible for digestion and absorption of nutrients we get from food. When individuals who have this disease eat gluten (a protein that helps food staples, such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale, keep their form), they damage the small intestine, which, in turn, prohibits it from absorbing nutrients we need to stay healthy.
Celiac disease affects people differently, but symptoms typically involve abdominal issues, such as pain, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, weight loss and bloating. Additionally, anemia, extreme fatigue, joint pain, arthritis, migraines and infertility may present. Since symptoms are so diverse, the only way to get a true diagnosis of Celiac disease is with a screening blood test, the most common being the Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTG-IgA).
If a Celiac diagnosis is confirmed, these individuals need to stay away from gluten, which may be easier said than done. While bread, pasta and pizza are obvious, gluten is found in many other foods, such as salad dressing, soy sauce, candy, and even vitamins! Learning all the different names for gluten, and carefully reading ingredient lists is the only way to avoid gluten.
What are Digestive Diseases?
While most of us experience stomach pain or other abdominal issues once in while, chronic problems should not ignored. May is the perfect time to make a doctor’s appointment to figure out if you have a certain food allergy or sensitivity, or if you may be affected by Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or other such condition.
Many of these diseases make digesting healthy food, such as fruit and vegetables, more difficult. This means that the body does not absorb the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, which these foods contain.
Tips for Managing Digestive Diseases
There are ways to help maintain a healthy lifestyle even if you are diagnosed with a digestive disease, which include:
Eating smaller meals more frequently instead of consuming three large meals.
Chewing food more thoroughly to help with digestion.
Being active, such as running or exercising, which promotes healthy digestion.
Eating foods filled with fiber, such as whole grains or apples, which help with digestion and prevent constipation.
Finding ways to eat foods that don’t hurt your stomach, such as peeling the skin off an apple or cooking vegetables to make them gentler on a sensitive stomach.
Adding Dr. Willard’s®, our catalyst-altered water, to your daily routine can significantly improve the amount of nutrients that your body absorbs from food, which is a big problem for those with digestive diseases. Dr. Willard’s® is gluten-free, breaks down food particles to help your body assimilate the maximum amount of nutrients, as well as breaks down waste to remove more toxins from your body.
The important thing to remember is that it will take a little change, but you will feel better if you maintain a healthy lifestyle even if you are diagnosed with a digestive disease.