Discomfort in the abdomen can appear for various reasons: from stress to the wrong diet. Nutritionist Olga Panova told how it works, as well as what foods and drinks most often provoke digestive problems.
Why are there problems?
Why do some foods affect us positively, while others negatively, and even contribute to indigestion, which gives us so many unpleasant moments?
Factor #1 – bacterial background. A lot depends on the bacteria in our stomach, how full they are. Yes, it seems to us that we rule the world, but the little bacteria inside have a big impact on our lives. Often indigestion can be associated with a lack of foods that include fiber. It is a favorite treat for the bacteria that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract.
Factor #2 – Irregular meals. Enthusiastic at work or distracted by business, we often forget to eat. Coming home, we realize that we are no longer just hungry, but ready to eat a whole bull, although there is a conditional hour left before sleep. Against this background, overeating occurs, and often not the most useful products. If you systematically consume fried foods, sweet pastries and drinks at night, this will lead not only to a violation of metabolic processes, but also to a psycho-emotional disorder. Of course, it is difficult to change ourselves, but it is quite possible to control the foods we eat.
Factor #3 – stress. A modern lifestyle with a crazy pace and multitasking interferes with building a day regimen that is favorable for the body. This affects our nutrition, sleep, personal life, creating constant stress, which greatly affects our health and well-being.
Factor #4 – lack of contact with oneself. It’s important to listen to your body. Today, there are many fashion trends that preach the benefits or harms of certain products. But only you can feel which ones make your body feel good and which ones feel bad. One notable example is cilantro. If you do not perceive its smell and taste, you should not force yourself to eat it, although it is very useful. It is better to find some alternative to your liking.
There are a number of foods and drinks that, regardless of your individual perception, cannot be called beneficial for digestion, so before using them, I suggest weighing the pros and cons.
1. Products of deep processing and fast food
We cook less and less at home: supermarkets offer many ready-made products that are easy enough to heat up. Fast food restaurants tout us with relatively inexpensive high-calorie and visually appealing dishes. But if this is your main diet, then you are rushing to gastrointestinal disorders at the speed of light. What in these products can cause problems?
Low fiber content. Hence, indigestion and aggravation of the symptoms of indigestion.
High levels of trans fats. It raises the level of bad cholesterol and increases inflammation in the intestines.
The presence of additives. Preservatives, sweeteners, bleaches, dyes affect the balance of the gut microbiome and can change it, causing disease and dysfunction.
Such products should be as small as possible in your diet, and even more so in the diet of your children.
2. Coffee (caffeine)
Modern life is unthinkable without coffee. Caffeine stimulates the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, causing the contents to pass through the gastric system faster. But people very often get carried away and do not control their coffee consumption during the day, and excessive amounts of it can cause diarrhea. Therefore, if you already have such a problem, caffeine will only exacerbate it.
Simply switching to decaffeinated coffee will not help. Other sources of caffeine include tea, soda, and chocolate. Their use should also be postponed while there are problems with the stomach.
Every modern person knows about the negative aspects of alcohol. And yet, alcohol consumption is not reduced, and even increases on holidays. It is worth noting that alcohol is toxic to the gastric mucosa and alters liver metabolism. Excessive and systematic use of it, in addition to other health problems, can cause indigestion. Only moderation in this matter is the key to maintaining your health and wellness.
4. Fried food
Even if you are a great fellow and cook at home, you should choose a more gentle and healthy way of cooking. For example, steamed or baked. The danger of fatty fried foods is that they can move through the body undigested too quickly, causing diarrhea, or stay in the digestive tract too long, causing bloating. Many fried foods are low in fiber and take longer to digest. So, if you suffer from diarrhea or constipation, you should give up fried foods for a while.
And one more important point: it has been scientifically proven that the more often fried foods are present in your diet, the higher the risks of diabetes and coronary heart disease. So it’s up to you to mitigate those risks.
In addition, you should also pay attention to spicy food. For some people, it does not work, while for others it causes indigestion. In general, if you have digestive problems, choose bland foods and avoid spices if you are sensitive to them.
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