Categories: Digestive Health

Foods You Should Avoid for a Happy Tummy

Feeling bloated, experiencing heartburn or even having an upset stomach are some of many conditions resulting from bad digestion. In…

Feeling bloated, experiencing heartburn or even having an upset stomach are some of many conditions resulting from bad digestion.

In theory, we should be able to process and digest any type of food we eat with no trouble whatsoever, yet as we get older, especially if we lead an unhealthy lifestyle, we have to avoid or consume less of certain foods in order not to cause any uncomfortable symptoms such as the ones we mentioned above, these foods include:

Dairy

No one can deny the benefits of dairy products, as they are a rich source of Calcium which is a necessary building block for healthy bones and teeth, yet dairy can cause abdominal bloating and cramps for those who have lactose intolerance.

High fat foods

High-fat foods can overwhelm the stomach which causes both heartburn and acid reflux as the body is capable of handling certain amounts of such foods at a time, in addition to causing digestive problems to people with irritable bowel syndrome

Fast food

In addition to increasing the risk of weight gain and heart disease, fast food travels fast through the digestive track, causing issues such as bloating and cramping

Soft drinks and caffeinated beverages

Caffeinated and carbonated drinks lead to keeping the stomach acid confined to the stomach as well as causing cramps and digestive irregularity.

Spicy food

Many people enjoy spicy foods, yet certain spices, such as chili papers can burn the esophagus causing heartburn that could last for hours, the digestive risk of spicy foods can increase when consumed before sleep or close to bedtime.

Acidic foods

Acidic foods include some really healthy fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons even tomatoes, and despite their great nutritious value, they could increase the risk of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Corn

Too much of anything -even a good thing- is bad, yet when it comes to corn, it’s a whole different story, as corn is high on cellulose, which cannot be broken by our stomachs as it consists of individual sugar molecules chemically linked together in a way our digestive enzymes can’t break, which in return causes cramps and gas as Corn passes through our digestive systems unprocessed.

Chocolate

Chocolate has many benefits to our bodies and even our mood, yet before you indulge your sweet tooth the next time, you should take into consideration that chocolate could trigger digestive symptoms like upset stomach and heartburn, especially if you have a digestive disorder or you’re prone to one.

Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are usually used to lower the intake of calories, and that’s true, however, the components of these sweeteners can damage your digestive system as they are partially digested causing bloating and diarrhea, even inflammations.

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