‡ According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Adequate Intake for fiber is 14 g per 1,000 calories or 25 g per day for women and 38 g per day for men.
What else can you do to promote your own digestive health?
The World Gastroenterological Organization (WGO) has recommended daily steps to help improve your digestive health.4,5 5.Modified from WGO "10 Nutritional Recommendations to improve Digestive Health," 2008, developed by a WGO Scientific Task Force for reference by consumers and healthcare/ nutritional professionals.
http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/wdhd-2008.html. The World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) has not reviewed this information contained herein and does not specifically endorse DANNON® yogurts.
Eat small, frequent meals.To achieve optimal digestion, eat 4-5 small meals per day without increasing overall caloric intake. In addition:
- Include foods rich in fiber. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and can be found in foods like fresh fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, nuts and beans. ‡ ‡ According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Adequate Intake for fiber is 14 g per 1,000 calories or 25 g per day for women and 38 g per day for men.
- Consume fish 3-5 times per week. Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that can improve digestive abnormalities by stabilizing cell walls, reducing inflammation and restoring balance.
- Reduce intake of fried, fattening foods. . Cutting back on greasy, fried foods that are high in fat and hard to digest will reduce the workload of your stomach and intestines.
- Incorporate fermented dairy products into your diet. Certain probiotics, or the good bacteria that are found in certain dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese, may improve intestinal function and overall digestive health.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. A Body Mass Index that indicates obesity or unintentional weight loss may have a negative impact on digestive health.
- Select lean meats. Leaner cuts of meat, pork, chicken and turkey contain less fat, which may reduce digestive discomfort.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids are needed to alleviate and prevent constipation and ease digestion of foods through the digestive tract. A good way to help get enough fluids is to drink a glass of water with every meal.
- Don't rush eating. Eating slowly and chewing food properly encourages a "full" feeling, which may help prevent overeating that can upset the digestive tract.
- Exercise regularly and abstain from smoking. While most people know that exercise offers overall health benefits, most people don’t know that it’s good for your digestive tract, too.
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