Surprising Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Gut
Fealing your gut is a lengthy process filled with trial and error. Many people find themselves following a “clean” diet but still having issues, especially at the beginning of their gut health journey. This could be because sometimes it takes just one ingredient to completely derail your digestive system. Here are a few “clean” foods that may be wreaking havoc on your gut.
Many acidic foods aggravate upper gastric disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD or acid reflux. This is because these types of foods disrupt the pH levels in the body.
Foods to avoid: lemons. limes, oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, tomatoes.
Although unsweetened, carbonated beverages are generally harmless. However, they have been found to exacerbate acid reflux and other digestive issues due to their level of acidity. If you are someone who suffers from GI issues, avoiding carbonated beverages, in general, might be best.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are high in fiber which is generally good for the gut! Although they also contain indigestible saccharides which cannot be digested because they lack an enzyme to be broken down in the small intestine. These enzymes end up undigested in the large intestine and can cause gas and bloating. Those who suffer from IBS should particularly avoid beans and legumes.
Broccoli, bok choy, and cabbage have a myriad of health benefits, but some people may experience constipation, gas, and bloating after eating these types of vegetables. To avoid excess GI issues, try and avoid eating cruciferous vegetables cooked rather than raw.
Peppermint is another food that may exacerbate existing GI issues. Although many people find relief from digestive symptoms when they take peppermint, those who suffer from heartburn or indigestion will likely experience worsened symptoms.