Eating for Your Gut

Overview

Digestive system problems are common and cause symptoms such as gas, heartburn, bloating and constipation. A variety of factors may impact digestive system health, including age and other health conditions. Eating for your gut is one important way to promote digestive health and prevent symptoms.

Making better food choices involves eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. These foods provide the fiber needed to build good bacteria and guard gut health. In general, choosing whole foods over processed foods will promote healthy digestion. Processed foods often contain added sugar, fat and salt. In addition, processed foods may have lost many of their original nutrients during the food manufacturing process.

Consult a health care provider about persistent gastrointestinal symptoms or for specific recommendations on eating for your gut.

Basics

Wellness and Prevention