An unhealthy diet can cause constipation, intestinal gas, bloating, heartburns and abdominal cramps. People usually feel these symptoms right after a meal, without even considering that they are not normal. It might not seem like a big deal, but a lifetime of eating the wrong foods can lead to more serious health problems, like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaky gut, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and colon cancer.
Think of your body as a Ferrari. Would you put cheap gas in your 100K dollars car? I would certainly break the engine. Your body is like an expensive car that needs proper fuel. Don’t treat it like a clunker. You should give the right fuel to your machine in order to have great digestion. Humans need lots of whole carbohydrates and fiber, vitamins, minerals and small amounts of proteins and fats. And there are certain foods we should detox from and avoid at all time. Here are the top worst foods and drinks for digestion:
Fried food is probably the worst for digestion because of how difficult it is to process by our bodies. If you suffer from the slightest digestive sensitivity, fatty food can cause acid reflux and heartburn. They provoque contractions in the digestive tract that can either worsen constipation or cause diarrhea. We should always avoid high-fat foods like dairy and meat, or anything that is fried. Fried foods can move undigested through the digestive tract too quickly, leading to diarrhea, or, like meat and dairy, it can stay in your intestines too long, causing constipation, bloating and gas. Just like animal products, most fried foods are lacking fiber. Thats why they take longer to digest.
Refined and processed carbohydrates found in chips, soda, white bread and pasta, move through the digestive tract quickly, which can lead to bloating, abdominal cramps and gas. A lifetime of eating processed grains and junk can also create food intolerances and illnesses like leaky gut and IBS. These foods usually tend to have a high fat and calorie content and to be very low in fiber, which doesn’t help either. They contain preservatives and artificial coloring, which is highly toxic for the body, and provoque symptoms in those suffering from digestive illnesses. We should avoid processed foods as much as we can, in order to regulate bowel movements and prevent diseases.
Unfortunately, the food industry has done a great job-making people believe that artificial sugars do good for our bodies. But the truth is that our digestive system hurts when we substitute industrial sweeteners for natural sugar. These sweeteners increase inflammation in the body and cause different digestive symptoms.The best example is sorbitol, which is a hard-to-digest sugar used to sweeten gum and diet products. When sorbitol reaches the colon, it often provoques gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Artificial sugars also feed the yeast in the digestive tract, like Candida Albicans, as well as intestinal parasites. This can create great imbalances in the gut flora, lowering immunity and affecting physical and mental health.
Consuming alcohol, even in moderation, can relax the sphincter in the esophagus and cause acid reflux and heartburn. Drinking too much alcohol, on the other hand, can create inflammation in the stomach. Sulfites found in wine, produce hydrogen sulfide in the colon, which can provoque rotten eggs gas and may play a role in the development of IBS and ulcerative colitis. Nutritionally speaking, alcohol contains no protein, no vitamins, or other nutrients. It is toxic to the stomach lining and the liver.
Dairy products can be very hard to digest because most of us are lactose intolerant. This means that we are not able to digest the milk sugar lactose because our enzyme lactase stops being produced around three years old. The undigested sugars start to ferment in the colon, producing gas that causes bloating, cramping, nausea and diarrhea.Think about it, isn’t it odd that humans drink the breast milk of another species, even after we are babies. No other species do it. This must be why about 75% of the population is intolerant to milk.
Coffee is known to irritate the stomach lining. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux, dehydration, inflammation, and diarrhea. Caffeine stimulates gastrointestinal motility, making the food move more rapidly through the digestive system. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach in the morning stimulates the overproduction of stomach acid, reducing the amount available for digestion later on. If doctors encourage patients with digestive issues to avoid caffeine, why would it be good for any of us?
Best foods for digestion
According to Dr. Michael Greger, a balanced diet meal plan should include daily: Two portions of greens (including one portion of cruciferous), two portions of other vegetables, three portions of beans, three portions of fruit (including one portion of berries), three portions of whole grains, one portion of nuts and one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds. This new menu will provide an optimal amount of fiber, which is necessary for colon cleansing. Ideally, we should have one to three bowel movements per day to ensure colon health and avoid constipation. If you are suffering from digestive issues, a detox diet may be helpful to eliminate the root cause of your symptoms. Avoiding allergenic foods like gluten and dairy, processed foods and junk is the first step of a cleanse. If you experience bloating, cramping and constipation, you may have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans that you need to control. Foods that kill candida include pumpkin seeds, garlic, onion, hot peppers, coconut oil, bentonite clay, oregano oil, and turmeric. There are also certain home remedies that can be taken to kill candida and reinforce the intestinal wall, like caprylic acid capsules, Acidophilus probiotics, and L-Glutamine. If you have an unhealthy flora, you may also be infected with helminth parasites (worms). Natural supplements to kill parasites can be found in health food stores and should contain wormwood, clove and black walnut. Conventional medicine can also be used, like Albendazole. A complete body cleansing program will also help to get rid of all these unwanted guests. Fasting and colon cleansing permit to flush worms and candida dead cells out and repair the damaged tissues. A 7-day detox will not only flush the colon, it will also allow rapid weight loss and the rejuvenation of every cell in the body.