Dr. Rutllant gives us 5 key points, each and every one of us, at some point, has felt some gastrointestinal discomfort such as flatulence, bloating, heartburn, reflux, diarrhea, constipation, etc. This type of ailments is very common in today’s society and that’s why we have talked with Dr. Helena Rutllant, responsible for our Oncology line and specialist in nutrition to give us 5 key points on how to maintain a good gastrointestinal health.
- Is it normal to have recurrent intestinal discomfort? (flatulence, bloating, acidity, reflux, etc.)
I would like to point out that it should not be normal, but unfortunately it is very frequent.
- How does our lifestyle and diet influence our intestinal comfort?
Good question, I would tell you that most of these symptoms and ailments would improve and even disappear by controlling these two points: lifestyle and diet.
- What should we eat?
The answer can be as long and detailed as desired, but keeping it short, we should keep in mind the following statement: “The more varied and less processed the food we eat, the better.”
Escape from refined products, simple sugars, pre-cooked dishes, industrial bakery, etc. as ecological as possible and of proximity. Better to go with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, nuts and protein and trying to be the as organic as possible. This way we will make sure to take seasonal food.
- What shouldn’t we eat?
In the previous question I have already briefly indicated what we should do to have a proper diet. So, avoid as much as possible pre-cooked, refined or processed products, as they contain a lot of additives, preservatives, saturated fats, salt, etc.
- What warning signs should we consider?
We have to think that even though we eat in a fairly healthy way, we should pamper our intestines. If we could weigh the amount of cells and bacteria in our body separately, we would see that the amount of bacteria is much higher. Our digestive system contains millions of bacteria that as living being can live and die.
If our microbiota suffers intestinal disorders, it can cause us a large amount of symptoms that are very annoying and often end up causing persistent or chronic diseases. Let’s think about how many people we know with digestive disorders, multiple food intolerances, atopy, recurrent eczema, headaches, etc. In many cases with a good treatment of your microbiota we solve the problem.