It doesn’t matter how good your day is going; if you are experiencing gas and bloating (common side effects of indigestion), it is quite tough to keep a smile on your face. Although there are plenty of foods that might be to blame, here are three unexpected foods that might be clogging up your belly.
Your morning booster could be doing more than simply waking you up. Coffee contains caffeine, which speeds up the digestive tract and can lead to diarrhea. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it may result in dehydration and even nausea. Additionally, coffee causes the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid (HCL), which may lead to heartburn and indigestion. So in case you end up regularly experiencing digestion problems after your cup of joe, limit it to one cup per day and do not drink it on an empty stomach to help alleviate those unpleasant symptoms.
Cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cauliflower, contain complex sugars that your body can not digest. They are called raffinose, and they can create gas. They’re also full of soluble fibre, which will not break down until reaching the small intestine. This then causes all those familiar signs of indigestion, bloating, upset stomach, and gas. We are not suggesting you should give up on broccoli (it’s far too many health benefits to give up). Instead, do your best not to overcook them, as that negates the health benefits. Also, consider taking a digestive supplement, which contains enzymes to help break down those hard-to-digest plant fibres. If you still need a healthy gut bacteria increase, dig into Greek yogurt for breakfast, which is full of probiotics.
If you are having digestive trouble, it may be tempting to load up on healthy foods such as fruits and veggies. But watch out: Acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits (oranges, limes, lemons, and grapefruit)may cause you more trouble. They could further irritate the lining of your gut, resulting in heartburn or acid reflux. Cut back on those until you are feeling better, and instead load up on applesauce or bananas to help alleviate stress.