Pretty much all of us suffer from tummy trouble at some point. When something you eat doesn’t agree with your system, it’s a very uncomfortable experience. If you have a sensitive stomach, it can be a nightmare as there are so many different types of food that can cause problems. These problems may include heartburn, bloating, indigestion or even vomiting and diarrhea.
These issues may be alleviated by a diet made up of foods that are easier to digest. Remember to consult with a doctor or nutritional expert before making any drastic changes to your diet. It may be the case that you have splenic flexure syndrome or other health issue. For a bit of help, take a look at these types of food which may well be better for your system.
Easy to Digest Grains
The amount of fibre in your diet is likely to be a factor in what is causing your stomach issues. Foods which are made with white flour can limit the amount of fibre your system is taking in. These include pasta, white rice and cereals such as cornflakes or puffed rice. If you try some fairly bland meals that don’t include so many different ingredients, it may be easier to identify what is causing you problems.
Cooked Fruit and Vegetables
When you cook your fruit and vegetables, this softens the fibre and makes them much easier to digest. Cooked, canned or frozen veggies shouldn’t cause you too many problems. Also, think about cooking your fruit without the skin or seeds. Be careful with having too much fruit or vegetable juice (particularly orange juice) as this can be very acidic and lead to discomfort.
Too much fat in your diet is a common cause of indigestion, so you should consider increasing the amount of lean protein you are eating. Poultry, seafood and eggs that are prepared without any added fat are all good choices. If you are a vegetarian, consider adding more tofu to your diet…and smooth peanut butter if you are looking for a treat!
Low Fat Dairy
Lactose intolerance is an extremely common cause of stomach upset, so consider switching to alternative products such as lactose-free milk, soy milk or rice milk to see if this makes any difference to you. It may be the case that you just need to make the switch to the lower fat versions of milk, yoghurt and cheese.
Foods to Watch Out For
You may well have already identified some foods that you need to watch out for. Highly seasoned or spicy foods are often problematic. Similarly, vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage have been known to cause problems. Fried foods are also a trigger for many people. The best way to keep track is to have a food diary in which you write down your meals and anything that has caused you any trouble. Remember to consult with your doctor if you keep having recurring problems that don’t seem to have any specific cause.