Digestive Health

 

At Pittwater Day Surgery, we have a team of Gastroenterologists who specialise in diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract, specifically the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, and the adjacent organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Dr Paul O’Farrell, Dr Vid Suttor, Dr Way Siow, Dr Mathew Keegan and Dr Josephine Collins are experts in this field and provide the following services:

– Gastroscopy
– Colonoscopy
– Oesophageal dilatation
– Hemorrhoids
– Barrett’s oesophagus ablation

 

You can prevent the likelihood of needing one of these procedures by following these 5 tips for improving your digestive health:

 

1. Diet: Your diet and your digestive health are tightly linked. Eating a high-fibre diet (rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables) helps to keep food moving through your body, making it less likely to become constipated. Limiting the number of fatty foods you consume also helps as they tend to slow down the digestive process. In saying this, it is important to consume some fat in your diet. Choosing leaner cuts of meat rather than fatty cuts allows your body to gain the protein it needs without the digestive pain.

2. Probiotics: Probiotics contain the same good bacteria that is found naturally in your digestive tract. They can improve nutrient absorption, strengthen your immune system and can help with the break down of lactose. Eating foods that are a good source of probiotics, such as pickles, kefir or yoghurt on a daily basis will help to improve your digestive health.

3. Eat on a schedule and drink water: Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at a similar time each day will help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day also helps as fibre pulls water into the colon, making stools softer and easier to pass.

4. Skip bad habits: Smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming excessive amounts of coffee can restrict your body’s ability to digest food.

5. Exercise and manage stress: Exercising on a regular basis helps food move through the body and improves your digestive health. Stress and anxiety also impact negatively on your ability to digest food, as it can be too much for your digestive system to handle. Relaxation and stress-reducing activities can combat this problem.

 

For more information or to make a booking contact Pittwater Day Surgery today! Call: 02 9979 3888 or email: admin@pittwaterdaysurgery.com.au.