What you eat and how you eat can affect you if you tend to experience diarrhoea more frequently. Your eating habits play an important role in preventing stomach illness and can also help to treat the symptoms. Eating healthily helps to keep your life in its natural rhythm.
How can I improve my eating habits?
It might seem obvious, but what you eat and how you eat is important. Eating quickly, not chewing properly before you swallow and over-indulging in food, can all play a part in affecting your digestive health and bringing on diarrhoea.
Here are some eating tips for a healthy digestive system. Try to avoid:
- Eating too quickly – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it’s full, so eating more slowly means you may eat less and therefore have less to digest.
- Gulping down food – when you gulp, you swallow air, which can lead to trapped wind and poor digestion.
- Eating too many fatty and spicy foods or drinking too much alcohol.
- Eating big, heavy meals – these take longer to digest and make your system work harder.
- Eating late at night – your digestive system is at its slowest at the end of the day. Try to eat your last meal of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime.