The importance of food and proper nutrition for the balance of the organism
A varied and balanced diet is the basis of a healthy life. An inadequate diet, in fact, in addition to affecting psycho-physical well-being, represents one of the main risk factors for the onset of numerous chronic diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 1/3 of cardiovascular diseases and cancers could be avoided thanks to a balanced and healthy diet.
The frenetic pace of daily life made us lose the habit of sitting at the table for the time necessary to enjoy a balanced meal in all its components, preferring more and more "hit and run" foods, often devoid of any nutritional element and difficult to digest at lunch, moving the consumption of more full-bodied dishes to dinner time. These habits subject the stomach to an excessive load with the consequence of a slower and more laborious digestion that often leads to drowsiness, bloating and a sense of heaviness.
The intestine plays an important role for the well-being and health of the whole organism: its balance protects us every day from various diseases, helps prevent flu or para-flu syndromes with gastrointestinal involvement and even colds. So our digestive system, with its large surface, represents the interface between the "external world" and the most important "internal world" of the organism. However, there are some very common conditions such as stress , incorrect lifestyles , food intolerances , viral infections (bacterial or parasitic) or even prolonged intake of antibiotics , which can upset the intestinal balance giving rise to various symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal swelling, constipation.
A correct diet is therefore configured as a key element for the balance of the health of the organism and it is known that the production processes of the modern agro-food system often do not guarantee in food a sufficiently balanced supply of the various nutrients essential to maintain and regulate the well-being of our body. Small disturbances in the body can in fact be signs of an unbalanced diet.
In the last decade, the increasingly in-depth knowledge in the physiological and nutritional fields have led to an innovative approach: Physiological Nutraceuticals. The research has developed a new method based on the principles of quality, vitality, respect for human physiology, safety and personalization, developing exclusive formulas of food supplements characterized by clinically documented efficacy and safety. The Physiological Nutraceutical acts primarily on the gastrointestinal system, as a control system of numerous essential functions for the whole organism, such as the absorption of nutrients and water and the regulation of the internal defense "barrier", helping it to effectively restore its original state of health and keep it stable .
"Unfortunately, our modern life, excess stress, not sleeping properly (few hours of sleep), an increase in average life, an excessively rich diet in meat, the abuse or incongruous use of drugs, can cause an alteration of this balance, which manifests itself for example with a great general tiredness and sleep disturbance.
An unbalanced diet can therefore be the cause of some digestive disorders. While following a balanced diet, it can still happen that you have digestive difficulties. There are some foods, in fact, that are difficult to digest: milk, for example, or meat, cheeses, some types of vegetables and leavened foods.
Meat or fish
Red meats and pork or fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel due to their high fat content can put the gastrointestinal system in serious trouble, forcing the stomach to a long and laborious digestion; at the same time they bring important nutritional factors: it is therefore good to consume them moderately, listening to the opinion of your doctor for a personalized indication on your specific situation.
Fruits and vegetables are highly digestible foods. However, not everyone knows that there are some vegetable fibers with a high fermentation capacity that in some predisposed people cause abdominal bloating and intestinal gas production. The list of vegetables not recommended for those suffering from problems related to the digestive system is unfortunately quite long and among these we find cabbage, broccoli, artichokes, persimmons, legumes, cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus and Brussels sprouts.
The integration of one's diet with fruit and vegetables is essential for the supply of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, if you suffer from gastrointestinal disorders, it is good to consult with your trusted specialist to evaluate the most balanced nutritional composition.
Which foods help the functionality of the gastrointestinal tract?
Changing the diet by consuming more foods that help purify the body is certainly a good ally to keep the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders under control.
When you have slow digestion problems it is always preferable to consume foods that are more digestible than others so as not to overload the functionality of the stomach and intestines, such as honey, tea, low-fat fish, lightly seasoned pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, there are foods that due to their characteristics have a stimulating digestive action: fennel, ginger, turmeric, and aloe, some types of fruits such as mango, kiwi, pineapple and papaya.
“Science has now shown that there is a very close relationship between lifestyle, in particular nutrition, and the onset of pathologies. Eating in a balanced way is important from the earliest years of life”, explains Dr. Alberto Fiorito, Doctor Expert in biological nutrition and psychosomatic medicine. "For example, industrial processing of even very common foods, refining processes, forcing crops and unsuitable cooking methods can be the cause of many diseases, as happens when toxins are present in foods”.