Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Foods that Put a Drag on Digestion

Having great energy and a balanced immune system is generally traced back to good digestion.  With this in mind, here are a couple of foods that you may want to limit or remove in order to keep the digestive fire running strong: 
  • Chili peppers. Although they may taste amazing and add kick to foods, chili peppers can be hard on digestive systems, especially for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or heartburn.
  • Dairy. Although it’s a great way to get calcium, dairy products can be a nightmare for those with lactose intolerance, causing bloating, gas and diarrhea. Other digestive diseases like Crohn’s and Celiac can lead to lactose intolerance.
  • Chocolate. It may not be the actual cacao from the chocolate, but researchers suggest that the milk and caffeine in chocolate can actually cause bloating, cramps and diarrhea for those with sensitive digestive systems.
  • High-fat and fried foods. Both of these digestive culprits can lead to acid reflux and heartburn as well as a condition known as steatorrhea, which is an abnormal stool containing undigested excess fat.

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