Attention! Prohibited Foods If You Have Irritable Bowels

· March 26, 2019
If you have irritable bowels then there are many foods that you should avoid. We'll be telling you what they are and why you should avoid them.

The symptoms that cause irritable bowel syndrome can be very uncomfortable and can cause you many different problems. Anyone who suffers from this problem can experience a variety of discomforts, because not all bodies react in the same way. Certain foods may cause problems for some people, but not for others. Read on to find out all you need to know if you suffer from irritable bowels.

Those who suffer from irritable bowels can improve and relieve symptoms by following a proper diet regularly. For that reason, we’ll be telling you about foods that you shouldn’t eat if you have irritable bowels, because eating these foods can make the problem worse.

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Avoid fried and fast food if you have irritable bowels

A close up of a burger.

Fried foods like french fries, chicken, and all food that is fried in a lot of oil can be very harmful to your health, especially if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Fast food like hamburgers, pizzas, and sausages can all make the problem much much worse.

A healthier way to cook food instead of frying them is steaming them or baking them in the oven. Grilled food, whether it is on a pan or grill, are much healthier. If you need a little bit of oil, it is best to use olive or coconut oil.

Eat red meat as little as possible

We recommend avoiding eating red meat, whichever way it’s cooked. This includes sausages, ham, ground beef, and pork chops. This is because the body takes longer to digest these meats. As a result, they spend more time in the body, and this affects your intestinal health.

There are many people who can’t go without a big portion of meat at lunchtime or at other meals. In this case, they should reduce the portion size and try to eat it only three times a week. They should eat it baked or stewed, tender, lean, and with no fat.

Say no to dairy products

Someone pouring a glass of milk.

Dairy products are foods that should be kept away from the diets of people with irritable bowels. This is because these foods don’t have fiber for proper digestion, and contain fat and lactose. Also, whey protein and casein increase digestive problems, causing serious diarrhea and constipation.

Cow milk can be replaced by almond milk, soy, or unprocessed goat milk.

Be careful with egg yolk

It’s best to eat eggs as little as possible, or at least the yolk, because it contains too much fat. Egg whites are much easier to digest and are therefore healthier.

Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners

A close up of a sugar cube.

Refined sugar lacks vitamins and minerals so it only gives you carbohydrates that don’t offer any benefits to your body. All refined sugars and artificial sweeteners in general can cause digestive problems. It’s best to reduce its consumption as much as possible.

A healthy alternative is to use unprocessed organic honey because it can give you the energy necessary in a healthy and natural way for carrying out your daily tasks.

Don’t drink beverages with a lot of sugar or caffeine

Carbonated drinks, as we all know, contain a lot of sugar. This is bad for intestinal health because these drinks can cause dehydration. If your body doesn’t get enough water, this can cause constipation.

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If you want to drink coffee (because of its high caffeine content), you should drink plenty of pure water too. However, green tea is a good option besides natural fruit juices made at home. In this way, you’ll aid your digestion and have good intestinal health as a result.

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