Food can be delicious and a way to give yourself energy and strength. But if a particular ingredient is making you feel bad, it can be hard to make sure you are getting what you need. Sometimes digestive issues can come on unexpectedly for you or a member of your family, so it helps to know about a few ingredients that more commonly cause digestive issues.
A lot of people have issues with digesting dairy products and generally this is because of the lactose in many dairy products. If you or your child has difficulty with lactose it may appear with only a small amount of lactose ingestion, or it may take a larger amount of lactose for the symptoms to present themselves. It often will cause nausea or cramping and may also lead to diarrhea or gas for some people. It’s important that you talk to a physician if you experience these symptoms so they can help you come up with a plan for treatment.
Gluten can also be a major issue for many people. Sometimes bodies struggle to process gluten which can lead to gastrointestinal distress and annoying, painful, and frustrating symptoms. Gluten is usually absent from most unprocessed foods. Adjusting your diet to avoid gluten can be a struggle, but there are more gluten free options available now than there have been before. Gluten generally comes from wheat products, so avoiding those can be a good starting point though your doctor can give you helpful recommendations as well.
In small amounts, fat can be helpful and is even important for your diet, however too much fat can be hard on your digestion. This is especially true for people with gallbladder issues or those who don’t have a gallbladder at all. When you are adjusting your fat intake you really want to focus on eating in a more healthy and less processed way. You don’t want to simply replace fat with low fat processed options. Finding the kinds of fats that work for you and how much you need can be a good starting point.
When you notice a change in your digestion, it is important to figure out what is causing the problem. These three ingredients are a good starting point to start narrowing down the cause. And when you know what is bothering your digestion you can make healthier choices for your body.
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