Food and Digestive Health


  • Overview

    A lot happens along the journey from gum and bum.  Our digestive tract is at work every moment of every day converting what we ingest into essential components that our bodies need to survive and thrive.  Whether it is protein, fibre, probiotics or other organisms, your gastrointestinal system is doing its best to make the most of the components you introduce it to.  This section of our website is growing rapidly.  Please check back often for new information on staying healthy.



  • Videos

    Understanding Fibre

    Want to know one of the best ways to improve your health, regularity and weight? It’s easy – increase your fibre intake. If you are like most Canadians, you’re only getting half the recommended amount of fibre and are suffering the consequences. Upping your fibre intake is easier than you think. Watch the CDHF’s latest video for simple shopping and snacking tips to feed your fibre-famished gut! 

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    Understanding How Nutrition Can Help Prevent Digestive Disease and Obesity

    Dr. Des Leddin will help you take control of your digestive health by explaining the building blocks of good nutrition; the role it plays in maintaining health and preventing disease; exploring how nutrition and obesity impact health; and, offering practical steps you can incorporate into your life to combat digestive disease and obesity.

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    Understanding and Fostering a Good Gut Environment, Richard Fedorak, MD FRCPC FRCP(London) FRSC

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

    • To learn what your microbiome is and how it originates
    • To understand how your microbiome affects your body
    • To learn how you can change your microbiome with probiotics and prebiotics

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  • FODMAPs

    FODMAPs are a group of small carbohydrate molecules found in everyday foods. While some people are able to consume FODMAPs without experiencing any negative effects, many people with digestive disorders such as IBS, find that ingestion of FODMAPs trigger symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, excess gas, constipation and/or diarrhea. Managing FODMAP intake may help to improve symptoms for some people. 

    Learn more with the CDHF's Understanding FODMAPs Guide.

  • Fibre

    There are many ways to protect and enhance your digestive health. One of the best ways is with fibre.

    Known as roughage or bulk, fibre is famously known for improving regularity. Fibre offers many other health benefits including regulating sugar levels, managing healthy weight loss, feeding healthy bacteria in our gut, and supporting proper absorption of nutrients.

    Canadians only consume about half the recommended amount of fibre each day. As a result, we are suffering from digestive ailments which impact overall health.

     

    Fibre Fusion

    The CDHF has created Fibre Fusion to help you understand what fibre is, recognize the vital role it plays in our health and learn strategies for getting the best types of fibre in the proper amounts into your body everyday. 

    Ready to get more fibre in your diet? Check out the CDHF's Fibre Fusion now.

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    Understanding FODMAPs

    FODMAPs are a group of small carbohydrate molecules found in everyday foods. While some people are able to consume FODMAPs without experiencing any negative effects, many people with digestive disorders such as IBS, find that ingestion of FODMAPs trigger symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, excess gas, constipation and/or diarrhea. 

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