Food and Digestion

digestionWe spend quite a lot of time talking about foods that are great for your digestion, but sometimes it’s important to talk about the things that aren’t working – the foods that the body actually find’s quite hard for you to digest and that perhaps aren’t the best things to eat health wise if you are having digestion problems.

According to recent statistics, around 40% of the UK suffer from at least one symptom that is indicative of a digestive problem at any one time and these symptoms can range from bloating and wind, to stomach cramps, pain and diarrhea.

Although these symptoms aren’t too serious, they do cause a lot of discomfort and cause frequent doctors visits and often result in taking over the counter medication to help alleviate the problem.

However, by avoiding the foods that your body cannot break down, or find’s hard to break down can be a great way to save you time and money.

As such, we thought it would be a good idea to round up the top 3 foods that the human body has the most trouble digesting.

1) Foods that contain lots of fat, and foods that have been fried – These foods are terrible not only for your health, but for your digestion.

There is only a certain amount of fat and fried goods that your body can digest, so when you eat a lot of this at once it can cause digestive problems.

2) Dairy – Although dairy is great for getting your recommended daily allowance of calcium, there are lots of people whose bodies don’t produce enough lactose, which is an enzyme that breaks down the lactose in dairy.

When the body cannot break down the diary it cannot digest it, therefore resulting in one or more of the aforementioned symptoms.

3) Alcohol – Everyone understands that alcohol isn’t the best thing to drink and yet it’s one of the biggest trading industries.

However, despite this understanding, did you know that alcohol can actually inflame your stomach lining making digestive problems much more probable (at least until the inflammation has gone down)?

As with everything, it is too much of these things which is the problem, yet identifying the underlying issue is definitely the first step to relieving any digestive problem.