If you struggle to get rid of stomach or pooping issues, you gotta enhancing your Digestive System. This 10-day program specified in getting you a strong digestive system is designed by Lifehack’s health experts.
You’ll get everything you need to have a stress-free digestion: simple recipes, essential supplements, easy exercises and habits that will stick. All your myths about good and bad digestion will all be busted as well!
Phase 1: Everything About What You Eat
Phase 2: Everything About How You Eat (Yes, what you eat and how you eat is different)
Phase 3: Everything About Your Habits (Which have no relation with eating at all)
Now, let’s get started with the essentials – the foods you shouldn’t eat so much!
Healthy Foods That Have A Negative Impact On Digestion
1. Dairy Products
Getting the right amount of calcium is important in a healthy daily diet such is found in milk and cheese. However, many people can develop lactose intolerance – sometimes even just mildly – but it can cause a lot of discomfort such as bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea and makes eating other foods painful and uncomfortable.
The problem comes when a person doesn’t make enough of the enzyme lactase which helps break down the lactose in dairy products. Chron’s disease, celiac disease and courses of chemotherapy can also weaken the intestines over time and cause a lactose intolerance. If this is the case, avoiding high lactose foods such as soft cheeses and milk is best.
While berries can be full of vitamins and antioxidants, the types of berries that have tiny seeds such as strawberries pose a risk to the digestive system especially those that suffer from diverticulitis – a condition where pockets develop in the intestine and cause inflammation and infection.
This also includes other seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin. Eating these could cause them to get lodged in the pockets and create discomfort when eating.
While corn is full of fibre and may seem like a good food for our digestion, it actually contains cellulose which is a type of fibre that our bodies are unable to digest due to the lack of a certain enzyme.
Chewing corn well may help a little but a lot of it ends up in our poop in the same state as it was on our plate. This shows our body has a hard time digesting it.
While it’s not the healthiest choice, a little bit of chocolate as a treat for our good eating habits may be a lot of people’s go-to option. But eating the sweet stuff may affect those with irritable bowel syndrome or those suffering from chronic constipation.
Those with lactose intolerance may react badly to the milk in milk chocolate but caffeine can also stimulate cramps, bloating, and diarrhea in people who have sensitive digestion processes.
What Are Good Replacement Foods?
Yogurts: The best dairy products that are high in calcium and also easy on your digestion is yoghurt. Yoghurts such as Greek yoghurt are easier to digest because processing has already broken down some of the lactose. Cottage cheese or feta cheese has a much lower amount of lactose especially if they’re made from goat’s or sheep’s milk.
Fruits without seeds: Choosing a rich variety of fruit that don’t contain seeds such as bananas, blueberries and raspberries can provide you will the vitamins and minerals you need and provide you with much-needed fibre for a healthy digestive system.
Brown rice: Replacing corn with whole grains such as brown rice can increase your fibre intake and allow your digestion to receive a helping hand. Whole grains help you to feel full too so leaves you healthily satisfied and makes sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need.
Dark chocolate: When it comes to chocolate, there’s no need to deprive yourself of the sweet treat. If you find it causes stomach upsets opt for dark chocolate instead. Try to aim for the 70% or higher to get a hit of antioxidants as well as benefits to your health including lowering risk of heart disease.