Summer digestive health

Digestive Problems in the Summer

Summer is well and truly upon us here in Dubai with scorching daytime temperatures and relentless summer heat. In this article we will explain what sorts of digestive problems the summer can bring – and what we can do to help keep our digestive system happy in the hottest months.
One of the most common digestive conditions we see in the summer months is acute infectious gastroenteritis (or “food poisoning”). Higher temperatures can promote the growth of harmful bacteria on food and can also impact on the composition of protective “good bacteria” within the gut resulting in an increase in food-borne infections.
Hot summer temperatures have also been shown to increase the chances of disease flares for people with chronic inflammatory digestive conditions such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis which may result in abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.
More generally, hotter weather makes us sweat more which can make it easier to become dehydrated. Dehydration can cause constipation (especially if we are less physically active due to the heat), nausea, and even vomiting. Finally, our digestion tends to slow down in hotter weather which can result in bloating, upper abdominal fullness, and gas.
Ways to keep your gut happy in the heat:

  1. Keep cool. Try to avoid prolonged periods outside. Even in the shade, the high temperatures can cause digestive upsets. While regular exercise is encouraged, consider moving your workouts indoors or taking walks outside in the early morning or late evening.
  2. Keep hydrated. Make sure you drink water and other healthy drinks sensibly – ideally before you get thirsty – to keep up with your body’s demands. Avoid carbonated drinks such as sodas which can contribute to trapped gas and bloating.
  3. Eat slowly and have smaller, frequent meals. Eating too quickly can contribute to gas, bloating and discomfort.
  4. Avoid difficult to digest foods. Fatty food such as fried food or cheeses can slow digestion and cause more gas and upper abdominal fullness.
  5. Store food safely. Food that’s left out at the wrong temperature can breed bacteria and lead to food poisoning. Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot and do not leave perishable food out for more than 2 hours. Make sure fruits and vegetables are thoroughly washed.
    Prevention is always better than cure. But, if you do develop a bad stomach-ache, severe abdominal pain, or persistent diarrhea or vomiting despite these precautions, then make an appointment to see me right away. I’m here to help you maintain a healthy digestive system year-round.

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