A proper diet can help digestion. This diet should not only contain adequate food and avoid those that may harm us, but must take into account a range of eating habits and the frequency of meals, eating conditions , etc.
Eating too much fat can cause stomach upset
Not too acidic or too feculent food are the best
The acidity of the stomach is a major disorder that causes stomach pain, while many of the problems about cramps and spasms are caused by excessive flatulence in the stomach or intestine. Flatulence pressures abdominal muscle and produces pain.
Natural plant foods are particularly interesting for their ability to provide fluids and fiber. But it's worth mentioning specially foods with rich demulcent properties.
We call demulcent all the components that protect the skin or the internal mucous . Among all of them the most interesting ones are pectin, mucilages and starch.
Suitable food for indigestion
- High - pectinfoods: Pectin is a type of soluble fiber with antigastritic, softening and repairing properties which are very recommended for the intestinal mucous.
Chia seeds are rich in mucilage. Add them to a yogurt or take it with a glass of water.
- High- starchfood: starch, mixed with water, has demulcent properties. Among the foods rich in starch the most interesting ones are: Rice (Rice water or boiled rice is best) , oats, wheat. (Bread is very suitable to reduce acidity and soothe the stomach), Potatoes
- Bitter food for indigestion: Indigestion is sometimes caused by lack of gastric juices or bile, which determines a lengthening of the digestive process that results in the form of bloating, pain, flatulence, etc. Eating a variety of plants containing bitter principles helps facilitate digestion. (More information on bitter taste)
NON suitable food for indigestion
- High-fat foods: Foods that contain lots of fat, especially animal fat foods are not suitable for delicate stomachs.
- High- sugar foods: pasta, candy or sweets in general can worsen stomach pain.
- Drinks with caffeine: Caffeine prevents the stomach muscles to relax. Foods containing caffeine such as colas, coffee, tea, etc. should be avoided.
- Gas- beverages: Except in lazy stomachs in which a little gas could be appropriate , gas beverages increase stomach acid and swelling.
- Spicy food to prevent indigestion ? : Some specialists argue that pungent spices produce overstimulation of the stomach and they should generally not to be taken by those who have stomachs too active with a tendency to produce acidity.
Other specialists believe that spicy food can help to improve stomach problems or it is even suitable for the treatment of ulcer.
Both agree that hot spices are helpful for people who have "lazy stomachs " and show some trouble digesting food, which may also be responsible for problems of stomach pain, flatulence or constipation.
Some non pungent spices such as cinnamon or coriander, are used to facilitate digestion, remove the acidity and expelling gases.
- Milk? : Milk is not well tolerated by many adults because they lack the proper enzyme to digest it. People who can not tolerate milk should refrain from taking it. It is better to replace whole milk for products that are well tolerated such as skimmed or predigested products (yogurt, kefir, curd, etc.)
- Citrus: The persons to whom the citrus (oranges , lemons, tangerines, grapefruit, etc.) will produce heartburn should avoid or reduce their intake. However, these foods are highly recommended for most people because they facilitate digestion and prevent the feeling of heaviness in the stomach