These 6 Foods That May Affect Your Digestive Health
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Everyone loves eating delicious, spicy and fried food that is flavourful and appetizing. While it is not practical to eat such kinds of food regularly because of health reasons. Certain types of food can cause digestive imbalance in the body. These foods might be extremely delicious and appealing, but in the long run they can harm the body in multiple ways. The digestive discomfort caused due to this food leads to a lot of problems like inflammation, indigestion and constipation. Further, this condition might become chronic if the right choices of food are not made. Here are 10 foods that impact the digestive health of the body negatively and must be avoided.

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* Fatty Foods

Any dish that is high in fat like fried food or food with excessive sodium content is always a threat to the well-being of the body. It may negatively impact digestive health and cause severe discomfort as well as indigestion. As per Harvard T.H Chan School Of Public Health consumption of a lot of saturated fats regularly can also lead to a rise in blood cholesterol levels that can impact the cardiovascular health of the body. One must limit the consumption of things like oil and butter.

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* Excess of Dairy Products 

Although dairy products are extremely beneficial and nutritional for the health, as per the National Institutes of Health, they may lead to bloating and abdominal pain among some individuals if consumed in large quantities. Too much dairy can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. Some dairy products like ice cream and cheese are extremely high in saturated fats. These are also very high in calories and may contribute towards obesity in certain individuals.

* Artificial Sweeteners 

Sugar is already not very good for one’s health and can lead to a lot of problems in the body. However, there are a lot of sugar substitutes that are becoming popular in the market because of being low in calories. Often these products are sold under the tagline of being sugar-free but can lead to numerous intestinal and digestive problems. As per the National Institutes of Health, sorbitol which is an artificial sweetener, can cause problems like bloating, gas and abdominal cramps if it is not consumed with proper medical precision. A dose of more than 20 gm may even lead to diarrhea.

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* Spicy Food

Everybody is aware that excessive consumption of spicy food can cause a lot of digestive problems. One of the major problems associated with the consumption of spicy food is the irritation that is caused in the digestive tract. It may also lead to inflammation and heat burn in the stomach. One may also experience severe problems while passing stools. Excessive consumption of spicy food in a lot of cases may also lead to multiple digestive problems among people who are more prone to acid reflux. 

* Citrus Fruits

As per the Gastroenterology HealthCare Associates, excessive consumption of citrusy fruits, like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons can lead to acid reflux and stomach ache in the body. Although these fruits are very beneficial for the body because of the high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, they might cause digestive issues for a lot of people. Anyone who is more prone to acid reflux must keep a check on the consumption of citrus fruits. The acid present in citrus fruits might trigger acid reflux in a lot of people and may also lead to the worsening of symptoms.

* Carbonated Beverages 

It is a fact already known that carbonated beverages are highly gaseous and have extremely high levels of sugar. The soda present in these carbonated drinks can lead to a plethora of digestive problems in the body, including discomfort and bloating. Excessive consumption of these carbonated beverages may lead to heartburn and belching in the stomach. One might get the feeling of the food coming upwards towards the food pipe. This is an extremely uncomfortable feeling and can be easily avoided if one restricts the consumption of carbonated beverages. 

* Processed Food

Snacks and other commercially available foodstuffs that contain excessive amounts of preservatives to extend their shelf life should be avoided. These food items are flavoured with a lot of salt and seasonings to keep their taste flavourful for a longer time. To extend the shelf life, these snacks have a lot of preservatives that are actually very harmful for one's health. The high level of salt present in the snacks can lead to a lot of digestive discomfort. It may also trigger inflammation. One must also avoid frozen food available in the market as it is equally harmful for the health.

These are some top food items that must be avoided regularly to prevent acid reflux or any digestive discomfort in the body.