It is said that as many as 45 million people within the United States of America could be suffering at the hands of IBS, or symptoms similar to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). There are so many conditions these days, all causing stomach upsets, intolerance problems, nausea, weight loss, fatigue, exhaustion, pain and more, and it seems that new ones are popping up and being discovered on a very regular basis. With conditions like IBS, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, BAM or Bile Acid Malabsorption, and others being at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it seems that many of us are eating the wrong foods.
If your body can’t handle it, your body can’t handle it. It’s time to start changing your diet and making your life better.
When you have digestive problems, healthcare can take a long time, with various tests and procedures needing to be completed to rule things out rather than ruling other conditions in. It is often best to start with a more holistic approach, and a more realistic one too… All the tests in the world may point you in the direction of a lactose intolerance (for example), but medication won’t fix it. The only way to deal with it is to avoid dairy and other foods containing lactose. That’s as simple as it gets.
While we’re on the subject of dairy, this is actually one of the hardest foods for the human body to digest. It is said that almost all adults will suffer from an intolerance to dairy or lactose-rich foods at some point in your lives, and for many of us, eliminating dairy from the diet for a week will often prove whether or not this is the problem. If symptoms clear up, you’re lactose intolerant and you’ll need to find substitutes for dairy products and if they don’t, it’s time to try the next thing.
There are a number of foods that are well-known to cause digestive problems so if you’re looking for easy to digest foods, you should definitely avoid some of these:
Corn and other corn-products are packed with carbohydrates which are good for the body but at the same time, can be detrimental when eaten in large amounts of regularly.
Some people can find that they have a problem with chocolate with although can be soul-destroying at first, is a problem that’s easily remedied. Dark chocolate is often an easier treat for the body to digest, containing not only less dairy, but less sugar too. If you’re finding dark chocolate is too bitter for you, look at the idea of making cakes and other sweet treats with it instead. Rice Krispie cakes with dark chocolate are delicious!
In fact, you can just add hot and spicy food in general to this list. The hotter the food, the more digestive problems you’re likely to face, whether it’s a spot of heartburn and indigestion or a very upset stomach the morning after.
If you notice your stomach or digestive problems worsening after eating a hot meal, your body might just be a little too sensitive to hot foods and you should probably therefore avoid them.
Gluten-rich foods such as grains are well known to cause a number of digestive problems to those sensitive to them, and one condition which seems to be especially affected by this group of foods is Crohn’s Disease.
A gluten-free diet can often clear up many digestive problems although you must remember to do your research first. Some studies seem to suggest that humans have a hard time digesting grains because they are still a relatively new addition to our diet and perhaps our bodies haven’t quite yet evolved to eat them in the high quantities we are. It seems to affect many people all over the world so if everything else has failed, try going gluten-free for a week or so. If symptoms seem to be disappear, you’ve probably found your culprit.
Although it all sounds like bad news, there is good news on the horizon. There are some foods out there which the body can easily digest and this will mean less stress on your digestive and bowel system, relief from harsh and intense symptoms, and a few days where you don’t feel quite so exhausted, fatigued and sluggish.
Easy to Digest Foods
If you want some good foods to try in place of the gluten or lactose-rich foods you have eliminated, try increasing these in your daily diet. You’ll often find they offer more benefits than the food you’re substituting them with anyway!
You should start every day with oatmeal because it releases energy into your body slowly, regularly and throughout the morning. It’ll also grow and ‘puff out’ when it comes into contact with your stomach acid, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. You’ll be less likely to eat less and therefore, it helps in the quest to lose weight.
There’s plenty of fibre in oatmeal which makes it perfect to combat digestive problems. If you are intolerant to dairy, try it with almond or hazelnut milk instead. The two together make a delicious and nutritionally-packed breakfast.
You can use avocado in so many different dishes and it’s become a very fashionable and popular food of late. There’s a good reason for that – not only is it very easy for the body to digest, being well lubricated and packed with healthy fatty acids, but it’s a softer food, making it easier to be broken down.
Half an avocado contains 10-15% of your daily recommended fibre intake. This helps to move the waste products along and to also encourage them to be softer (if they’re too hard) when being eliminated.
If you have inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis, avocado will be your best friend as it can help to relieve the inflammation associated with the conditions. Try popping some of this into your smoothie in the morning and you’ll notice it gives it an almost creamy, luxurious texture.
There are plenty of treats you can try if you want if you want easy to digest foods. Eggs are great for a good protein boost, salmon is great for increasing those omega-3 fatty acids, chicken breasts are perfect because they’re so versatile, tasty and contain plenty o protein, and bananas are great for potassium, antioxidants and fibre content. Berries are good for you in general but citrus fruits should be avoided as the acidity can worsen many digestive symptoms.
Is it time for you to have a diet overhaul?