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Digestive Diseases Awareness Month
Do you experience chronic stomach aches or constant heartburn? Digestive Diseases Awareness Month is a great time to ask a medical professional if your symptoms are normal or something more serious.
Digestive diseases range from irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease to lesser known afflictions like diverticular disease and peptic ulcers. If you suffer from persistent stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn, contact a doctor for a diagnosis and seek assistance from a registered dietitian nutritionist who can help you achieve optimal digestive health with guidance like:
- Eat a balanced diet. Choose a variety of foods from each food group, especially fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as certain yogurts and fluids.
- Eat small, more frequent meals. Plan for four to five small meals per day instead of two to three large meals.
- Chew more. Digestion starts in your mouth. Chewing thoroughly can help with the needed breakdown of some nutrients.
- Get moving. Even slow activities like stretching and walking promote good digestive health.
For more information on digestive health, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Digestive Health section.
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Reviewed March 2013