I am Dr. Rahul Poddar, General Surgeon. Today I will talk about common digestive issues. The very important factor which plays an important role in digestive health is the diet. Unfortunately, diet is misunderstood. There are a lot of confusions and misunderstandings about the diet and how to have good digestive health? Digestive issues include IBS, ulcerative colitis, IBD, constipation, piles, fistula, fissure, and gastritis.
Diet is a part of our lifestyle. Will start with the diet. First will start with gastritis. The most common cause is spicy food. Food that causes inflammation like spicy food, coffee, tea, cold drinks, alcohol, smoking, all the junk foods, street foods. 99% of my patients have a history of consumption of such kind of foods. The most important part is that these things should be avoided. But yes, it cannot be avoided completely. We can safeguard ourselves by consuming other foods. Consume salads like cucumber, curd along with normal food. Moving to IBS and IBD. These are the diseases of the colon. And the most important factor which affects is to the colon. Lack of fiber is the major issue. Animal foods that are causing all such kind of problems. Consumption of plants as I said before also like fruits, sprouts, green vegetables, they do not only provide the fiber, but they have multiple factorial roles.
Especially in the patient of IBS and IBD, constipation, all these are chronic diseases and can significantly improve just by changing the diet. Medicines have very fewer benefits without changing the diet. So, it is better to prevent all these diseases rather treating them after they happen. Then the other thing is water. Water consumption is very important, not only for digestive health, but renal health also, and all other organs functions are improved with good water intake. Because it flushes off toxins. Avoid all unhealthy foods like package food, refines food. void the food which comes packed in plastic. All the packaged food makes the food very unhealthy. These are responsible for long term bad digestive health. It increases the rate of diabetes. It increases the risk of obesity. All these are related to diet. So, friends, avoid all the animal foods, refined foods, packaged food, all junk foods, street foods. Consume plants, fruits, vegetable, sprouts and water. Stay healthy. Prevention is better than cure.