Gas, bloating, upset stomach, cramps, diarrhea, and nausea are just some of the digestive troubles that millions of people suffer with on a daily basis. Occasional or regular gastrointestinal distress maybe due to your diet. Some foods are hard for the body to digest. Ice cream, soda, French fries, espresso, dairy, processed foods and sugar substitutes are some foods that could be causing your digestive troubles. And because these processed foods are so readily available and overly consumed they could be causing your gastrointestinal distress on a regular basis.
The best way to determine if a food is causing your symptoms is to eliminate it from your diet completely and then reintroduce it gradually, to see if your symptoms reappear. In the meantime there are some natural cures which can settle your gut.
Water is essential to anyone’s diet. Drinking water after you eat will help to boost digestion, since liquids are needed to breakdown food in the stomach. Water helps the nutrients to be absorbed and remaining unnecessary rubbish to be flushed out. Water also softens stool, which helps to prevent constipation.
Bananas are chock full of vitamins and minerals which help keep your digestive tract regular. In addition, bananas have other health benefits such as heart health, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of cancer. Perhaps bananas are most well known for their potassium content. An electrolyte which the body loses through sweat and bouts of diarrhea.
Fermented foods help aid digestion. The fermentation process actually acts as a way of partially digesting the food being fermented before you eat it, so it makes it easier for the body to digest it. Fermented foods include kefir, cider, certain cheeses, pickled vegetables cucumbers, beets, onions, sauerkraut and kimchi, sourdough bread, kombucha, and miso.