Category Archives for "Digestive Health"
Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and provide many nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, certain vegetables can cause excessive gas and other digestive issues like bloating and intestinal cramps.
Beans, and other legumes like chickpeas, lentils and soybeans, are high in soluble fiber, which is considered beneficial for digestion. Unfortunately, it’s this soluble fiber that is also central to why they cause so much gas when you eat them.
Being sensitive to dairy and experiencing symptoms like bloating, intestinal cramps and bad gas usually starts with lactose.
Grains like wheat, barley and rye contain two problematic substances for anyone experiencing gastrointestinal issues like bloating, abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, diarrhea, constipation and excessive gas.
Many fruits and most sweeteners contain high levels of fructose. This simple sugar is usually absorbed in moderate amounts in your upper intestine. The problem with fructose is that the now common processed food diet contains far too much of it.
Artificially created sugar alcohol sweeteners, like sorbitol, erythritol, isomalt, lactitol, mannitol and maltitol deserve special mention as premier intestinal gas promoters. These sweeteners are combinations of sugar and alcohol molecules that are poorly broken down during digestion.
How well you digest the food you eat will have a significant impact on the level of health and energy you experience each day.
One possible cause of bloating and upper intestinal gas is swallowed air. It’s normal to swallow small amounts of air when drinking, eating and swallowing saliva, but in some people the amounts become large enough to cause problems.
Indigestible and poorly digested carbohydrates, like galactans, fructans, lactose, fructose and sugar alcohols are common causes of bloating, intestinal pain and excessive gas. Most people suffering from these kind of digestive problems usually see a quick improvement by limiting sources of these substances in their diet.