Tummy Troubles? It Could Be Your Diet


Tummy troubles are both painful and a little gross. Nobody wants vomiting, cramping, constipation or diarrhea in the morning when they wake up. The good news is that the vast majority of tummy troubles are short-lived and related to eating contaminated foods. However, for some people, tummy troubles are chronic and can last for years.


According to ibsrelief.com, digestive issues can leave you feeling trapped and stressed. It’s not nice worrying all the time about whether you’re close to a loo and whether you’ll be able to excuse yourself if nature calls. It turns out, however, that many of your digestive issues could be the result of the foods that you’re eating, especially if those problems persist long term. Here are some of the foods that you might want to try cutting out to see whether they have an effect on your tummy troubles.


Refined Sugar




Refined sugar is, in general, a health disaster. But not only can it spike your insulin and cause you to gain weight, but it can also affect your stomach. According to Robynne Chutkan, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, eating too much sugar can lead to an overgrowth of the wrong type of bacteria in your stomach. If you have too much sugar-digesting bacteria in your stomach, you can run into problems when you try to eat healthier food. Often there simply aren’t the bacteria present in your stomach in the numbers you need to process all that fiber, especially in the colon. This can lead to extreme flatulence where people are expelling more than 20 gallons of gas per day.




From an evolutionary perspective, dairy is a relatively new food. Humans have only been consuming it for a few thousand years. People who have European heredity are genetically adapted to drinking milk, but many millions of people, especially in Asia, are not. This is because they do not produce the enzyme lactase which breaks down the lactose sugar in milk. Again, drinking milk when you don’t have the enzyme required to break down the sugars can lead to terrible flatulence.


Fizzy Drinks




One of the main overlooked causes of tummy troubles is soda. Many people think that it’s the carbonation of soda that causes problems, but according to Chutkan, it’s actually the citric acid, the sweeteners and the preservative, sodium benzoate. These chemicals, he says, can be hard on the stomach and can make you feel as if your stomach is upset. The sweeteners can ruin the balance of bacteria in the gut too, making it more likely that you’ll suffer from obesity in the future.


Caffeine-Containing Food And Drink




Another cause of an upset stomach is caffeine-containing foods, like coffee and chocolate according to health.com. Scientists have known for a while that caffeine relaxes the sphincter that connects the stomach to the esophagus. When it relaxes, it can lead to acid reflux from the stomach into the gullet which results in pain. Just like peppermint tea, chocolate and coffee can lead to just above the stomach, especially at night when you lay down.


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