Diet & Nutrition
This diet is used to help reduce discomfort in the esophagus caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Symptoms such as heartburn, chest discomfort, and a bitter taste in the mouth often occur due to fluid coming up into the breathing passages. Coughing, hoarseness, or shortness of breath may also occur when there is reflux of stomach contents into the throat.
According to the National Institutes of Health, between 30 and 50 million Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance affects people differently; some people can tolerate lactose in smaller servings, while others cannot digest any lactose.
Purpose: The bland or soft diet is designed to decrease peristalsis and avoid irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Use: It is appropriate for people with peptic ulcer disease, chronic gastritis, reflux esophagitis or dyspepsia. It may also be used in the treatment of hiatal hernia.
A high fiber diet is used to treat several gastrointestinal conditions. These include irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis and internal/external hemorrhoids. Some research data also indicates that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet may decrease the incidence of colon cancer. In addition, the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Government both recommend a diet with 35-39 grams of fiber per day. Such a diet may also improve your cholesterol and help prevent heart disease.
A low fiber/low residue diet is designed to reduce the frequency, volume, and bulk of stools while it prolongs intestinal transit time.
Celiac disease is a sickness that causes your body to be unable to absorb the gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Gluten acts like a poison to people with celiac disease, because it damages their intestines. This damage usually causes diarrhea and keeps your body from being able to use many important nutrients from the foods you eat, including vitamins, calcium, protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Without these nutrients, every organ in your body can become deprived of nourishment.