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7 Gut Healthy & Delicious Snacks for Your Summer Road Trips

7 Gut Healthy & Delicious Snacks for Your Summer Road Trips

We’re finally rolling into summertime! That means family vacations and road trips are in our near future. What that also means is eating a lot of food on the go, which is usually not so healthy for you or your gut. With this challenge in mind, I wanted to provide a little info on digestive health along with some gut healthy snack options I would recommend.

Your gut’s health is reliant on the health of the microorganisms living within it –  the gut microbiome. Optimal health of this diverse community in your digestive tract has been proven to prevent obesity, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, liver disease, chronic heart disease, cancer, and many more.

The fast foods we tend to eat on road trips can leave you feeling bloated, constipated, and even lethargic – that doesn’t sound like a gut that’s up for any fun summer activities. But, there are so many good summertime snacks you can take on the go to keep you, your kids AND your gut happy.

What Feeds Your Gut Bacteria?

We know that most of us feed ourselves. But what feeds the 100 trillion microbes in your gut? Prebiotics and probiotics of course! This is why eating foods loaded with prebiotics and probiotics can boost your gut’s health exponentially.

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Can Your Bowel Movement Be An Indicator of Digestive Health?

Can Your Bowel Movement Be An Indicator of Digestive Health?

A stool or bowel movement is defined by the National Institute of Digestive Diseases as what is left after your digestive system (stomach, small intestine, and colon) breaks down and absorbs nutrients and fluids from what you eat and drink.  While no one likes to talk about it, regular bowel movements are imperative to our health.  In this blog article I’ll briefly cover what to be aware of in regards to bowel movements and what they can be indicative of in terms of our digestive health.

Bowel Movements – What Should I Be Aware of?

Unless you are suffering from intestinal issues, most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about our bowel movements.  If youBristol Stool Chart shows the 7 types of bowel movements to use as a guide when discussing with gastroenterologist in Plano, TX were asked to describe a normal bowel movement could you do it?  Since there is no a standard definition of a “normal” bowel movement, don’t be worried if you struggled with that question.  Bowel movements are highly individualized based on factors like diet and exercise.  The key thing to be aware of is what is normal for you.  Take note of the four characteristics below and let you doctor know if any of them change dramatically.  It’s helpful to create a log of any changes with dates and use the Bristol Stool Chart diagram to describe the shape.

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Gluten – Should my Diet be Gluten-Free?

Gluten – Should my Diet be Gluten-Free?

What is Gluten?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. The science on gluten sensitivity is evolving quickly and we’re starting to learn much more about this condition. Since so many foods and restaurants are now advertising gluten-free options, I often have patients ask me if they should be “gluten-free”. Due to these questions, I wanted to provide a brief overview on these diets and a few common questions related to gluten.

What Symptoms are Indicative of Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease?

These symptoms are signs that you may have an issue:

  • You have chronic GI symptoms. A few of the more common chronic GI symptoms include but are not limited to – diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and bloating.
  • You’re deficient in iron, folate, or vitamin B12.
  • You have a family history of celiac disease.
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