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April 11, 2010 at 7:02 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Foods to Avoid to Keep Your Digestive System Safe

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It is important to monitor your diet for the intake of proper nutrition. There are certain foods that should be avoided to ensure the maintenance of a healthy digestive system. Many of these foods can cause reactions, upset stomach, nausea, or heartburn. The following are certain substances or foods that should be avoided or used only occasionally to ensure a healthy digestive system.

Fried Food

Food that is prepared by frying is typically associated with high contents of saturated and trans fats, in addition to containing high amounts of calories. These foods should be consumed in moderation. For some fried foods, lower-fat varieties exist. Some foods that are high in fat content include beef, cheese, butter, eggs, milk, pork, and oils. The regular consumption of foods that contain high levels of saturated and trans fats is also strongly related to obesity.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant located in a variety of foods that can be addictive when used excessively over prolonged periods of time. Caffeine is associated with an array of emotional and physical negative effects including addiction, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, irritability, anxiety, and mood swings. Caffeine also has marked effects on the digestive system as it increases production of gastric acid.

Alcohol

When used in moderate amounts, alcohol actually offers slight health benefits. However, when used in excess, alcohol is cause for a variety of problems, including issues with digestive health. After ingestion, it is readily absorbed into the bloodstream and the liver is responsible for its prompt removal. This slows the liver from accomplishing the array of other tasks it is responsible for.

Artificial Sweeteners and Fats

The majority of artificial sweeteners or fats located in food create excess gas within the digestive system. This is associated with overall digestive problems.

Tips for Improved digestion

Decrease intake of these foods and increase ingestion rates of other, healthier foods. Take time to read food labels (especially on processed or convenience foods), find healthy recipes, and substitute healthy options when possible. The following is a list of several things that typically enhance the overall digestive process.

  • Eat for Nourishment: Proper nourishment is essential for all biological systems.
  • Eat Slowly: Chewing is the first part of digestion; this breaks food into sizes that are more easily digested.
  • Limit Portions: Large portions tend to aggravate the digestive system.
  • Eat Healthy: This especially includes fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of natural digestive enzymes.
  • Drink Water: Water is necessary for all biological systems.
  • Relax: Remember to take time to relax in your day. Eating should never be a race.
  • Moderation: Moderation is key.
  • Reward yourself: Find ways to reward yourself for a good day that doesn't involve poor dietary habits.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/Intestinal-gas/DG0004

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-system

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