Digestive Problems? Avoid these foods!
1. Caffeinated Beverages
As many people know caffeine is a diuretic, which can cause diarrhea and cramping. But what is worse is that it can cause the esophageal sphincter to become very relaxed which allows stomach acid to leave the stomach. Caffeine also causes your food to pass very quickly through your digestive track, which will only make your digestive problems get worse.
2. Spicy Food
Spicy foods, especially chili peppers, cause irritation of the esophagus. This may largely be on an individual basis. For instance, those with irritable bowel syndrome or chronic heartburn may respond more poorly to spicy foods. It is best to try eating bland foods when your stomach isn’t feeling well.
3. Fried and Fatty Foods
Fatty foods change the way that your stomach contracts. Usually they speed up the contractions. They can lead to acid reflux, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea.
4. Dairy Products
What causes problems for most people’s digestive system is the sugar found in milk known as lactose. Lactose intolerance is a common problem that many people are unaware they have. Lactose intolerance can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, abdominal bloating, and cramps after consuming dairy products.
5. Candy and Chocolate
Foods that are high in sugar are a lot of work for your digestive track and can overwhelm the system. Chocolate is particularly bad as it has two of the previous ingredients from the list: milk and caffeine.
Much like caffeine, alcohol causes the esophageal sphincter to become relaxed and allows stomach acid to slip out of the stomach leading to acid reflux and heartburn. Drinking also has negative effects on the stomach lining and enzymes that work to digest food.