Good diet is not helpful when trying to lose weight. In the case of some diseases can be a major “drug” or a very important part of treatment. Besides some obvious diseases such as diabetes and celiac disease, diet can also help with health problems not even related to nutrition.
What diseases are we talking about?
Most people would probably say: obesity, hypertension, diabetes, anemia or gout. Unfortunately, this is only part of the diseases from a group of metabolic diseases in which we should modify our eating habits. Treatment of all systems of the body should be supported by proper diet.
This is important even in the treatment of:
– Diseases of the digestive system (including: diseases of the teeth and mouth ulcers, reflux, constipation, gas, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome),
– Diseases of the liver and biliary tract (such as gallstones, cirrhosis or inflammation),
– Renal disease (kidney and renal)
– Cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, ischemic heart disease or congestive heart failure),
– Diseases of the bones and joints (for example osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis),
– Eye diseases (such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration),
– In other metabolic diseases (such as gout or porphyria).
Diet, and gastrointestinal diseases
The most common gastrointestinal diseases are constipation and diarrhea. Most of the people during their life experience them at least once.
In case of constipation, particular attention should be paid to the content of dietary fiber in the diet. It is recommended to consume at least 0.9 oz of fiber in the daily diet of a healthy person, and the person suffering from constipation should consume it in large quantities. For those people it is also advisable to increase the consumption of dairy products and reduce fatty meals and sweets.
It is also important to drink adequate amounts of fluids and give up eating products that cause constipation (such as peas, beans, mushrooms, nuts and asparagus).
By doing that and combining a minimum of 3 meals a day every 3 to 4 hours, can reduce or eliminate the need for medication. Improving the quality of your diet gives you the ability to normalize bowel movements cycles in the future.
Most are the result of viral or bacterial infection, but diarrhea can be also associated with the occurrence of other diseases, such as food intolerance, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease.
The most important part of treatment is adequate amount of fluids. We should include drinks that contain electrolytes and glucose. During this period, do not use carbonated beverages or juices, as they can increase the symptoms of the disease. Similar effects are often the result of eating food high in sugar.
During the day we should eat 4 – 5 easy to digest meals. Once we treat diarrhea we should limit products with a high content of fat and cooking techniques that require adding fat (for example frying).
In case of all gastrointestinal diseases diet treatment should be individualized according to the needs of a particular person, the health status, food tolerance and the type of disease. When properly conducted, diet can maintain or improve nutritional status, relieve symptoms and reduce the negative feelings associated with the occurrence of the disease.