7 ways to manage intestinal health in winter

7 ways to manage intestinal health in winter

Yes, winter has come! The season brings cooler, more pleasant weather and also a host of health issues. Not only respiratory problems, sore joints and muscles or skin infections, but even stomach problems are prevalent in the winter. For the uninitiated, intestinal health is the balance between microorganisms found in the digestive tract. Ensuring the right balance between these microorganisms and taking responsibility for intestinal health will thus help to improve overall well-being. Did you know? The bacteria, yeasts and viruses seen in the gut can be referred to as the gut flora or the gut microbiome. So it is important to take care of the gut, especially on the cool days when the digestive system gets a stroke.Also read – What is Florona and how dangerous is it? Everything you need to know – Watch video

It is a known fact that one’s gut health can be jeopardized during the cool months. Improper digestion can invite a lot of health problems. Yes, you heard right! You may experience belching, flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating. In addition, there will be restlessness, which can cause nausea, vomiting and discomfort. Everything thus depends on the health of the intestine. Not taking care of the gut will lead to serious problems in the near future. So one will encounter problems like ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or even gallbladder disease. It will be essential for everyone to provide the diet during the winter months to facilitate digestion. Here we set up some foolproof tricks to stay healthy in the winter and deal with gut health with ease. Also read – Benefits of having beets in the winter

  • Eat right: Sticking to a well-balanced diet in the winter is key. It is the need of the hour to include all the vital nutrients in the diet. Choose sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, beets that are rich in vitamin C and boost the immune system in the colder days. It will also be a good idea to eat green leafy vegetables. Try to include kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, fenugreek and spinach in your diet. These items can also be a part of your curry dishes and soups. In addition, these objects can also be included in the filling mixture in parathas. Green is stuffed with fiber and can regulate bowel movements and facilitate digestion. Thus, you will feel full and avoid eating junk food. So stick to these foods and improve your overall well-being.
  • Herbs and spices: Can improve digestion and the immune system. Try adding these things to tea and hot drinks such as soups, beverages and vegetables. Adding cardamom, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cloves to the soups can also do the trick. But remember not to go overboard as it can be problematic.
  • Add probiotics to your diet: Incorporating them into the diet can keep the good gut bacteria in balance. Even adding fermented foods will also be helpful.
  • Avoid processed junk and greasy foods: You will need to cut down on the amount of sugar, processed foods and alcohol if you want to keep your digestive health in check. These things can upset the balance of good bacteria in the gut, lead to stomach problems and steal your peace of mind.
  • Stay well hydrated: Fluid intake tends to decrease when there is a sudden drop in temperature. Drinking enough water will help you remove all toxins from the body and adversely affect the immune system.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: If you do not get enough sleep, you may feel sluggish and drained.
  • Reduce stress: Stress can take a toll on the digestive system. So try to unwind by doing yoga, meditation or other exercises like walking. You can also do what you like to reduce stress. Try activities like listening to music, cooking, photography or even dancing.

(Authored by Dr. Roy Patankar, Gastroenterologist and Director of Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Chembur, Mumbai) Also read – 8 lifestyle habits you need to adopt in 2022


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