Digestion problems: 6 foods to avoid till you get better

Digestion problems

Not digesting food properly could lead to many health issues such as stomach pain, bloating, indigestion, GERD, constipation, diarrheoa and IBS can wreck lives. We mostly don’t pay attention to foods causing digestion problems.

Foods to avoid digestion problems

1. Refined foods

Refined foods are not ideal for you if you have problem with your gut. Because, refined foods lack fiber and contain artificial sugar, too much of salt and preservatives. All these ingredients can cause inflammation and worsen your digestion problems. Additionally, without fiber, your GI tract has to work extra hard to move the food through. This can lead to constipation.

2. Fatty or oily foods

You should completely avoid oily, fatty and spicy foods when you have digestion problems. Because they can either slow down the stomach emptying. This leads to constipation or bloating and sometimes hasten the stomach emptying causing diarrheoa.

3. Alcohol

Stay away from the irresistible parties and free alcohol for a while to get your digestion back to normal. Alcohol causes dehydration that can lead to constipation and bloat. It is also toxic to the stomach and digestive tract and can change liver metabolism. Also, when your gut problems seem to have improved do not jump right into drinking too much alcohol. Avoid for a while, as alcohol is quite acidic and can again irritate your stomach lining. It can even aggravate GERD.

4. Caffeine

Coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, energy drinks, baked foods contain caffeine. Caffeine stimulates your bowel movement, speeding up the stomach emptying. This can lead to diarrheoa and abdominal pain. Avoid foods containing caffeine till you get better.

5. Sugar

Excess sugar consumption can aggravate your digestive problems. This is because sugar encourages the growth of bad bacteria in your gut. The bad bacteria can cause inflammation and weaken your immunity. So, avoid consuming sugar in beverages or packaged fruit and vegetable juices, doughnuts, pastries, cakes, etc. if you are fighting indigestion.

6. Carbonated drinks

Fizzy or carbonated drinks contain gas which can cause bloating. They also irritate the stomach and digestive tract lining. Moreover, these drinks contain sugar that can also aggravate your digestion problems. Also, the carbonation causes electrolyte imbalance. This can dehydrate the body and interfere with the healing process. So, avoid consuming soda or any fizzy drinks for a while till your digestive organs heal and start functioning normally.

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