Foods to Eat and Not To Eat When Suffering From Stomach Problems

Foods to Eat and Not To Eat When Suffering From Stomach Problems

Gastrointestinal wellness is considered to be an important criterion in determining a healthy human life expectancy. What we eat determines the wellbeing of our stomach. Unhealthy eating can contribute to many digestive problems. 

Many people are inclined towards eating too much processed foods or foods not enough in fiber, protein, and vitamins. Other than these, poor eating habits, eating quickly or skipping meals can give room to many other problems as well.

Digestive disorders can occur when certain foods and some lifestyle changes react in a negative manner, resulting in acidity, constipation, heartburn, gas, bloating, etc. 

When you are dealing with digestive symptoms, you are likely to face challenge as what to eat or what not to eat. And you don’t want to eat the wrong kinds of stuff that would make your condition worse.

Gastrointestinal disorders can be prevented with the right diet. So let’s go through some of the foods that you must avoid and foods that can ease your stomach suffering.

1. Gastro-esophageal reflux diseases

Do’s

Reflux symptoms may result from too much or too little stomach acid. For this one should eat vegetables such as cucumbers, potatoes cauliflower while non-citrus fruits bananas, apples, and melons are less to likely to trigger symptoms.

Don’ts

To deal with acid peptic diseases such as Gastro-esophageal reflux diseases and gastric ulcer, we must avoid spicy, oily and sour foods in addition to reducing the amount of tea.

2. Gas and Bloating

Do’s

There could be several reasons behind gas and bloating including the tolerance to lactose present in dairy products, carbohydrates, and soluble fiber. When these products are not fully absorbed in the small intestine, these are then broken down by gut bacteria. You also have to adjust the types of carbohydrates that you consume. Avoid milk and milk products and juices.

Don’ts

Buttermilk, cucumber, pineapples and animal protein can be consumed as these foods are non-gassy by nature. Also, fermented foods such as curd and yogurts are perfect when it comes to countering gas and bloating.

3. Constipation

Do’s

Think of constipation you want to have the foods that get the things inside moving. Constipation demands foods which are rich in fiber such as fruits, whole grains, walnuts, vegetables and hot tea.

Don’ts

Any food with white flour in it should be avoided. Some of the examples are cake, cookies, pizza, and sandwiches with white bread. Also fried and greasy foods such as fried chicken, fried fish, burgers, french fries, etc. must be skipped.

4. Diarrhoea

Do’s

Suffering from diarrhea would compel one to choose foods that would act literally opposite to constipation i.e. choosing foods that add bulk to the stool and that too without agitating the stomach. 

Bananas are easily digestible and will replace lost electrolytes due to diarrhea episodes. Rice, white bread, curd and mashed potatoes are some of the other things that would help you recover your upset stomach.

Don’ts

Dairy products such as milk, ice cream, cheese, beans, fast foods and caffeine intake could potentially aggravate your stomach and lead to more misery.

5. Gall Bladder removal

Do’s

One can live without gallbladder but there are certain things you have to pay attention. Reducing fats and oils will keep you running smooth.

Don’ts

There are no restrictions on diet after gallbladder removal but immediate post-surgery demands some bland diet. This would allow your body to focus more on recovery.

Most of the stomach problems can be improved by doing some lifestyle changes and some over the counter medication, but serious ones need intensive medical treatment including possible surgery.

Glossary

Fermented Foods - A procedure in which an agent causes food to break down into simpler substances.