When you’re dealing with stomach issues, it’s never fun. alttagprobiotics2scaled1I know because at times, I dealt with debilitating digestive issues my whole life. Thankfully that’s in the past other than the occasional flare up. For me it comes down to two things specifically, something I ate or a gut imbalance.

Digestive issues are a common and pervasive problem among many adults today, and most of those people would be shocked to learn that many of the other health problems they deal with are also stemming from their digestive issues. In order to take a serious look at your digestive health, it’s important to pay attention your diet and be sure that you aren’t eating something that could be creating the problem. One food that’s good for one person may not be good for another. Even “healthy” foods can be the culprit and it’s different for everyone. That’s why we test and don’t guess when it comes to my clients.

Gluten
I know you don’t want to hear this, but gluten is one of the foods that can cause the most issues for people. Gluten creates leaky gut, which means the cells of your gut lining open up and let other bacteria and food particles into your blood that are not supposed to be there. Not only can this cause digestive issues like pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea, this can also end up causing system wide issues like brain fog, depression, anxiety, skin issues, thyroid issues and even autoimmune disease.

Dairy
Many people don’t have the required enzymes to digest dairy well. This can result in a host of terrible and unpleasant side effects like bloating and cramping. Dairy is closely connected to skin breakouts like acne as well. Luckily there are many non dairy options on the market today like milks and yogurt made from coconut, soy, oat, almond, cashew and even rice.

Sugar
For digestion to function well, you need a balanced mix of good and bad bacteria in your gut. A diet with a lot of processed foods and added sugars can decrease the amount of good bacteria. This imbalance can increase candida and cause increased sugar cravings, which can damage your gut further. High amounts of refined sugars, can contribute to increased gut permeability and low-grade inflammation.

Fried Foods
This one should be relatively self-explanatory. Fried foods are usually made in vegetable oils that are toxic to your body. They have harmful fats that can cause your body to have trouble metabolizing them. These are toxic to your body and can create digestive issues like bloating and heartburn as well as skin issues.

Soda
Soda is essentially a liquid candy, and it is highly acidic. These types of drinks can cause the pH of your stomach to be somewhat off, and that will kill the good bacteria in your stomach, and feed the harmful bacteria, leaving you defenseless against the slowly multiplying colonies of bacteria. It would be best to avoid drinking sodas most of the time if you want to keep your stomach healthy. A good substitute would be sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime.

Coffee
This is another highly acidic and often over-processed drink. Unless you’re buying organic, coffee can be sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and be contaminated with mold. It’s very important that you keep your stomach free from anything that will cause the harmful bacteria to multiply. Try replacing your coffee with green tea or black tea as an alternative. If coffee is non negotiable look for organic coffee to brew at home.

If you’ve changed your diet and are still struggling with unexplained daily digestive issues and other health complaints, contact me and let me help you.

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