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Avoid these Foods for a Happy Tummy 

By Maria Anderson

Do you want to know what you can do to clear up your digestive problems? Changing your diet can cause digestive problems and the best solution is usually to avoid hard to digest foods.

Some people treat their bodies like a Gucci bag, others, like the plastic bags you use as a bin liner. A ‘Gucci bag body’ is given a healthy diet with the right mix of nutrients, water and soluble and insoluble fiber and good fuel which enables the body to work more efficiently. When you’re having tummy troubles like bloating or diarrhea, what not to eat becomes equally important.

Here are foods to avoid when you are having tummy problems.

Dairy is one food group that can be hard to digest mainly because of the naturally occurring sugar it contains - lactose. When lactose isn’t digested properly, such as in people with lactose intolerance gas, bloating, diarrhea or even worse may be experienced. If suffering from digestive problems, it may still be okay to eat yogurt and hard cheeses because they have no or very low levels of lactose, or you can try lactose-free milk.

Spicy food maybe something you want to avoid if you’re experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. Spicy foods may stimulate the digestive system.They have no effect on some people, but cause problems for others. In general, you should choose bland foods when you’re having digestive problems.

Tomato sauce and citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, are acidic and can cause digestive problems. Even carbonated beverages are acidic. When you have an upset stomach, avoid acidic foods. Fatty foods can surprisingly, either slow down the emptying of the stomach and worsen constipation or speed up movement and lead to diarrhea. The effect can depend on the type of fat and your tendency toward constipation or diarrhea.

Avoid high-fat foods, like butter, ice cream, and cheese-these foods should already be limited in your diet as they are not recommended on Bodytrm and will otherwise slow down your weight loss.

Deep fried foods similar to fatty foods and can either lead to diarrhea or causing you to feel full and bloated. In saying that, deep fried food isn’t recommended on the Bodytrim System anyway. Processed foods should be avoided if you are feeling constipated because they lack fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements.

Processed foods also often contain preservatives and artificial coloring, and people with allergies or sensitivities to these additives will feel their effects during digestive problems.

Artificial sweeteners may upset your tummy. Perhaps most associated with digestive problems is sorbitol. Once sorbitol reaches the large intestine, it often creates gas. If you are having digestive problems read the food lables and avoid food that contains artificial sweeteners, such as chewing gum, sugar free sweets and cordial, as they may give you gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Alcoholic drinks are the last thing you should have if you’re not feeling well. Nutritionally speaking, alcohol itself has no nutrients and will also give you extra “unwanted” calories – and slow down your weight loss. Alcohol is toxic to the stomach and drinking too much can cause a variety of health problems. Dink in moderation, and only on your free day.  

Caffeine is making contents move more quickly through your system, and excessive amounts can give anyone diarrhea. So if you already have diarrhea, caffeine will only worsen your digestive problem. Remember that tea, soda, and chocolate are other sources of caffeine, and should be put on hold until tummy troubles go away.

Sweet or salty foods can be hard to digest - small amounts can be included in a healthy diet. Chocolate, a sweet-tooth favorite, can cause digestive problems including heartburn.

Food poisoning is usually a very unpleasant experience and can actually be life threatening so be aware of the symptoms. Many refrigerated foods can go bad, such as dated items like eggs, dairy products and meat. Eating contaminated or overdue foods can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea, vomiting or worse.

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