By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci
When it comes to digestive issues, it may seem like you’ve tried everything and you’re still experiencing discomfort. If that’s the case, one or more of these very common foods may be affecting your digestion. If you consume these things frequently, it could be helpful to remove them for a period of time and see if your symptoms clear up!
We all love the convenience of snacking on nuts, the miracle of being able to bake grain-free treats with almond flour, and the decadence of nut butters. But nuts are hard for your body to break down, so if you overdo it, it can really take a toll on your digestion. Nuts are notoriously difficult to digest and can leave you feeling constipated, gassy and bloated if you have too many. If you’re a constant nut-eater and your digestion feels off, try a nut-free stint and see if things start to run more smoothly.
Eggs are another one of those foods I’d never want to say is unhealthy – I think eggs can be the perfect food for people with a healthy digestive tract. They are packed with protein and are super convenient to eat. For some people, though, they can be a great source of digestive distress. The problem arises if you have leaky gut – which means foods you eat can permeate your gut lining and enter your bloodstream. In this case, eggs can be a problem, as the protein in egg whites can sneak through your intestinal wall and cause stomach issues. If you have any type of digestive distress (bloating, gas, stomach aches etc) after eating eggs, try taking them out for a week or two and see if you feel better. To heal your gut lining, try GI Support.
Alcohol is one of those things that can cause digestive issues, but it’s often overlooked because it’s become such a daily habit for so many people. Alcohol can wreak havoc on your gut flora, killing off important bacteria that are necessary for healthy digestive function. This can cause stomach cramps, bloating, loose bowel movements and general digestive distress (not to mention it often goes hand-in-hand with poor decision-making around food). To rebalance your gut, try cutting out alcohol and adding in a good probiotic.
Ah, everyone’s beloved coffee. Coffee is one of those things that nobody ever wants to take a break from because it’s so addictive. For many people, coffee isn’t a problem, but for people with chronic digestive issues it’s definitely something worth looking at. Drinking coffee can disrupt the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is needed to digest food. Undigested food is associated with all kinds of digestive issues, including gas, IBS and bloating. Coffee can also irritate the stomach lining and lead to digestive discomfort like cramps, constipation, acid reflux and heartburn. If you’re a constant coffee drinker and you experience any of these digestive symptoms, try switching to yerba mate or green tea for your caffeine buzz.