When your digestive health is not 100% the rest of your life suffers. Having to run to the bathroom frequently, suppress gas, look like your pregnant because your bloated, lack of energy, abdominal pain and even gaining weight are all symptoms of a digestive system gone haywire. For most of us, there are very specific foods to avoid in order to stop these horrible and embarrassing symptoms.
Here are the 7 worst foods for your digestive system:
GLUTEN CONTAINING FOODS
Gluten is not good for anyone! Gluten is a by-product of grains and does not contain any nutritional value. In fact, gluten is described as the glue that holds proteins together in grains. Anything that is described as glue, cannot be good for your digestive tract!
When you eat gluten, your body has to figure out what to do with it. In some people, gluten can be broken down and absorbed. However, the grains that contain gluten have been modified so much so that they can be drought and bug resistant, the gluten is not recognizable by our bodies. The gluten we eat today has been shown to create an inflammatory response in many people, which may have led to the increase of gluten sensitivity. (Source: HuffPost)
Even if you haven't been diagnosed as allergic or sensitive to gluten, reducing your intake helps keep your digestive system healthy. Plus, there are so many alternatives in the grocery store to try it is really easy to find foods without gluten. Pastas made from cauliflower, lentils and rice are tasty and satisfying. Gluten free breads are easily found and taste good too!
In our busy lives, it can be so tempting to rely on processed foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But processed foods, which are full of sugar, unhealthy fat, food additives and salt, hurt the digestive system. Ready to eat cereals, lunch meats, chips, cookies, frozen dinners and cakes, use additives that create inflammatory reactions.
The National Institutes of Health reports that Dr. Andrew Gewirtz has been studying the negative impact of emulsifiers and other food additives on the microbiota and promote inflammatory diseases. His group has been studying the relationships between food additives, gut bacteria, and disease in mice. The results are clear, processed foods create digestive health issues.