Nutrition Corner : Gut care with nutrients

Nutrition Corner : Gut care with nutrients

Our GI (Gastro Intestinal) tract is like a busy road always flowing with traffic, therefore keep smooth flow...

Our GI (Gastro Intestinal) tract is like a busy road always flowing with traffic, therefore keep smooth flow of traffic rather than Hyderabad traffic jams

dr b j janakiIt is absolutely true that 'you are what you absorb'! Because we may eat well, do exercise, take adequate rest and take as many supplements as possible, but without optimal digestion everything goes down the gutter. Many of the cells in digestive tract live only seven days. They need a wide selection of nutrients to reproduce quickly and without an error in cell which might lead to cancer.

Vitamins A,C,E, Folic acid and Pantothenic acid will keep GI tract optimally nourished. These nutrients are found in bright ornage/ red fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Trace element zinc is extremely important in cell reproduction and wound healing, specially in case of ulcers, and is found in beans, whole grain sprouts meat and egg.

Amino acid Glutamine is found to be most important in all forms of intestinal repair. Glutamine is can be manufactured in the body. Wheat and its sprouts are rich sources. We harbor one hundered trillion bacteria in our gut, both beneficial as well as harmful. Friendly bacteris keep GI tract functioning smoothly and develops strong immune system. The wrong bacteria sets stage for disease.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are the two predominant residential beneficial bacteria in our system. These bacteria can prevent wide range of conditions such as intestinal putrefaction, vaginal yeast infections, constipation and flatulence.

green2Fermented products and yogurt/curd are rich sources of these bacteria. Foods like apples, cabbage, tomatoes and sprouts promote intestinal flora, stimulate appetite and strengthen the intestines apart from giving rich supply of nutrients. Antibiotics and chlorinated water upset the intestinal flora and integrity of GI tract. Therefore always combine antibiotic therapy with probiotic therapy. Also include foods like banana, guava, green leafy vegetables and apples ,whose fiber will nourish the bowel/intestines. Drinking spring water which is filtered is a good idea.

Menu for optimal GI function: Breakfast: chappathi + vegetable raitha + apple in sweet lime juice Working lunch: sprouts pongal + green chutney + banana n papaya salad Dinner : Green peas pulav + veg raitha + wheat sprout salad + grape juice.

(The writer is associated with 'Diaita' Eat Right Clinic Hyderabad)

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