Digestive problems? What types of food to avoid?

Digestive problems? What types of food to avoid?

A good digestion means a good health. It’s not only the food you eat, it’s how it’s processed, how your body reacts to it and how you digest it. Even the so-called healthy food is not doing you any good if your stomach and intestines fail to extract the nutrients in your meal. Unfortunately, nowadays the number of people who suffer from poor digestion is frighteningly high. And the reasons are quite simple, meaning everyone can overcome the causes of bad digestion.

Sometimes it is the food that we eat, sometimes it’s medicines, sometimes it’s stress and sometimes it’s all of these. The bad news is that your health is negatively affected because between 60% and 80% of your immune system depends on your intestines. Undoubtedly, we all feel our stomachs uncomfortable at times. There are several types of food that can cause constipation, gas, diarrhea, cramping or heartburn.

Junk food

junk food - hamburgerLet’s face it, we all eat fast food. However, some people tend to spend more than half of their food budget in the drive-thru(s). The problem stems from the way the meals are treated before you take the first bite. In most cases, hamburgers are pre-processed and are just warmed up and handed to you. They often lack the nutrition you need to keep you energized. The absence of key ingredients such as fiber, minerals and vitamins, healthy bacteria, electrolyte, potassium, and antioxidants in junk food is severe. Instead, it is freaky rich in sugars (they feed the bad bacteria in your intestines), fat and salt. However, there is another problem with junk food that is often underestimated. Most of the people wolf it way too fast. Thus your meal ends up in your stomach badly chewed, meaning your stomach hardly processes it the way it should.

Fat-rich food

corn-dogsAcid reflux and heartburn are often caused by meals rich in fat. If you often suffer from those conditions, it is advisable to avoid fried pies, pastries, pizza dough, crackers, and cookies. Fat not only leads to obesity but it also increases the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, lowers HDL(good) cholesterol and increases your chance of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

 

Dairy/ Corn

bowl of muesli and milkCorn and dairy products are healthy and there is no doubt about that. However, not everybody can digest them properly due to the fact that some people lack lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose). Corn is a great source a fiber that is an important nutrient but corn is also rich in cellulose, which we cannot process because we lack the necessary enzyme. Scientists suggest that thousands of years ago humans were able to break it down. If you are lactose intolerant or corn makes you feel abdominal pain or causes gas it’s better you stay away from corn and dairy products.

 

In order to keep your digestive system smoothly running, you have to balance your diet because poor eating habits can first disrupt your digestive enzymes and then ruin your health.

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