Smooth, easy digestion is possible, even if you suffer from a digestive disorder like heartburn, colitis, or IBS. Making strategic changes to your diet can support digestive health and bring your inner ecosystem back into harmony.
For digestive disorders that range from mild to severe, healing the gut must become your top priority. Find out which foods can wreak havoc on your digestive system and which foods you should avoid to balance your inner ecology.
For many of us, experiencing a digestive problem - from mild to severe - can be considered normal at some point throughout the day. Whether it’s bloating, cramping, gas, and heartburn or a more chronic condition like Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome, digestive symptoms are signs that our inner ecosystem has been thrown out of balance.
Antacid users have a 50% greater risk of developing a bacterial infection in the small intestine.
But now to address the important question on everyone's mind: Why do some foods wreak havoc on the digestive system, while other foods don't cause a problem?
If you eat a number of foods that are traditional to the American diet, then you are most likely feeding on high-residue foods that provide plenty of fodder for bacteria. And as bacteria feed and proliferate in the gut, it causes fermentation. When fermentation occurs in the digestive system, it can affect your inner ecosystem for the worse.
Make no mistake - some foods ferment faster than others.
High-residue foods that ferment quickly in the gut are known as FODMAPs, which stands for fermentable, oligo- di- mono-saccharides and polyols. In short, these foods are made of sugars that are difficult, if not impossible, to digest. As a result, they feed bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the digestive system.
Rapid fermentation in the digestive system may cause a number of symptoms that include:
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