8 foods that do not help your digestion

by Marta Burgués

If you have digestive problems you should avoid some foods that can worsen your flatulence and cramping problems. So, if you select carefully your food, you can greatly improve your digestion. What foods should you avoid?

  1. Fats and frying: We all like to eat some fried food, the problem arises when we eat them often and at night time. “The stomach can not cope with so much fat at once, so it gets slow”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, medical director of the intestinal health charity Core. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and discomfort.
  2. Very spicy meals: If you usually do not eat very spicy food, it is quite possible that they may generate stomach discomfort. To calm a little the discomfort, after eating very spicy food, any dairy product will help you.
  3. Cheese and milk: If after eating these foods you feel stomach cramps or swelling, you may be suffering lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar found in milk, called lactose. If you are lactose intolerant, you can eat other products with calcium such as eggs, meat or fish.
  4. Fruits: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if eaten on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed foods: Processed foods are made up of various chemical ingredients and high amounts of salt and sugar. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid, if consumed in excess can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is ideal to consume it with other foods.
  7. Gum: Some chewing gum brands contain an artificial sweetener called sorbitol, which can generate bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: “There’s wheat in a lot of things you normally would not expect”, says Dr. Emmanuel. Some foods like tomato sauce and bouillon cubes are example of it.

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And, remember, to have a healthy life, you just need to eat properly, to do some physical exercise and to drink a glass of wine a day. Cheers!

*Image: Jim Bickett (flickr)

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