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Well-Known Diets and Colon Health

Colon Health and Diets

Platter of Vegetables and Fruits |Gastroenterologist AtlantaIn order to keep your digestive tract and colon as clean as possible, it is important for you to eat a healthy diet. Choose one of these specific ones to ensure colon health.

 TLC

The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet focuses on lowering cholesterol and increasing fiber intake. Fiber moves waste through the digestive tract faster. By eating soluble fiber, plant stanols and sterols, easily found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you help block the absorption of cholesterol from your digestive tract. Eating this way allows you to choose your calories and meals based on your desire to lose weight or just to get healthier. Sample daily menus for TLC provide roughly 40 to 50 grams of fiber. The GI North website blog, located here, gives good suggestions on foods that are high in fiber also.

Mediterranean-style Eating

Many people who live in places bordering the Mediterranean Sea have been found to be healthier individuals. They eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, chicken, fish, seafood and other healthy foods. Red meat and sweets are reserved for special occasions, and red wine is enjoyed on a regular basis. They couple that with regular exercise to live a healthy lifestyle. Your fat, protein and carbohydrate intakes are aligned with the government’s recommendation by eating this way. You will definitely meet or exceed the recommended 22 to 34 grams of fiber each day. Add yogurt, tofu, green leafy vegetables, salmon and other low-fat dairies to get the right amounts of calcium and vitamin D each day, both of which have been shown to lower the risk of colon cancer.

DASH

This plan has been found, according to the U.S. News and World Report, to be the healthiest overall diet. There is no need to track specific nutrients on DASH. By determining how many calories you should be eating and from where those calories come, along with cutting down on salt and fatty foods, you have created your ideal DASH plan. You calories will come from the healthy foods and will provide the right nutrients for your healthy lifestyle. You do not banish entire food groups, which helps you stay on the plan indefinitely. Plus, you get all the benefits from fiber for your colon health by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Choose one of these plans to maintain your digestive and colon health. If you have any questions pertaining to your gastrointestinal system health, simply contact GI North.

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