7 Easy Digestive Tips to Follow this 4th of July…
Friends, a Happy, Happy 4th of July! I am sure, like me, all of you have a big and elaborate plan for such a grand occasion of our Independence Day, a day not only auspicious for us but for human history. Again like me, all of you perhaps have plan to spend this day with families and friends with fun, fellowship and cook-out, the great American tradition.
It is common knowledge that food is intimately related to our gastrointestinal health and overall well being. Many of our maladies have intimate and, in many cases direct, relationships with the food and beverages we consume. The following 7 easy to follow digestive tips will help keep the “after cook-out” tradition to a minimum.
- Meat items: (Example- BBQ) – A great American and Texas tradition, bursting with flavors and good company. However, moderation is the key to success in enjoying our meat. Excess of red meat in diets have been associated with colon, rectal and other cancers. Try to avoid too much burnt and smoked food, if you can, since such products could be laced with carcinogens.
- Alcoholic Beverages: (Examples- Beer, Wine, etc) – While a nice cool beer is great, and a drink of wine completes an exquisite dinner, we have to be cognizant of their consequences. Alcoholic beverages are related to cancers of the esophagus, tongue, mouth cavity, in general pharyngeal areas, and even the stomach in some studies. Excessive use of alcohol is the number one cause of liver disease and acute liver failure, in our country. In addition, long and short term overabundance of alcohol use is associated with cirrhosis, liver cancer and severe economic, social, and familial consequences.
- Non-alcoholic beverages: (Examples: Carbonated Drinks) – These drinks have been related to an obesity epidemic in our society. In addition to this, some authorities have related these drinks, and artificial sweeteners, with diabetes and even cancer.
- Desserts: (Example: Pie) – desserts in general are high in calories and some of them are also loaded with artificial products. Discretion and moderation is needed to consume these.
- Fruits: (Example: Watermelon) – Watermelon on summer days, like 4th of July, is a great habit. We can enrich this experience of natural vegetable products with additional assortment of fruits and vegetables. Excessive fruits and vegetables could make people full, bloated and gassy, or even experience cramps in the abdomen, bowel movement urgency, and even diarrhea. It could be harmful for people who have fructose malabsorption.
- Dairy products (Example: Milk) – Limited amount of these food should be quite safe. Some milk products, like yogurt, could be very beneficial, especially people taking antibiotics since these foods may have good bacteria that our body needs for appropriate microbiota.
- Water– Is something that you cannot have enough of unless you have a disease that contradicts it. This is something you should not feel guilty about to doubling up on, in summer. In my judgment, water is the one of the greatest gifts from the Almighty to humanity and all of living beings. Our body is mostly composed of water, making it, the single most important thing to wash out toxins from our body. So if you have to binge on anything, this is the best thing to binge upon.
Folks, as you can see, life is short and we have to enjoy while we live. Moderation and discretion are key elements in enjoying a full and healthy life. While we befittingly enjoy our Independence Day, keep in mind, “Excess of anything is bad and moderation is the best policy”. Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America, we are really blessed to be in your cradle! God Bless America!