What Pumpkin Can Do For Your Gut

There are few things on your Thanksgiving table that may not be doing your gut any favors. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, then you may be dreading your Thanksgiving dinner. However, there is one type of festive food, in particular, that may be able to do wonders for your gut: pumpkin. But why pumpkin?

It’s High In Fiber

Let’s just say that if you know one thing about taking care of your digestive tract it’s that fiber may as well be your best friend. If you are looking for one fiber full food to eat this Thanksgiving look no further than pumpkin itself. Fiber helps to slow down your digestion which helps your body to absorb more nutrients and helps to alleviate symptoms associated with gastrointestinal conditions.

It Has A Lot Of Water

Water and fiber are two things that any one of our gastroenterologists will encourage you to have more of when you have one of these conditions. Not only does pumpkin have a lot of fiber (as previously discussed), but canned pumpkin is about 90% water which means that it will help keep you hydrated.

It’s Filling

If you suffer from a lot of stomach pain, then eating a lot of food on Thanksgiving may sound like your last idea of a good time. Another great benefit of pumpkin is that it is filling which means that you won’t have to eat too much of it (or anything else) to feel full and satisified; something that may help to settle your stomach.

Pumpkin is high in vitamins, nutrients, and fiber which are all great for your gut health. If you want to learn more about how you can take better care of your digestive system, schedule an appointment with us at one of our New York City locations and contact us.