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Sneaky Foods That Mess With Your Digestion

By Sara Butler

You could be having the greatest day of your whole life but if you’re experiencing gastrointestinal distress, it can be hard to keep a smile on your face! Your digestive system is home to trillions of microbes that help to keep you healthy and break down the food you eat. But it’s a delicate system that can be easy to mess up. So, here are a few foods you may want to limit for the sake of your digestive system and to keep things running smoothly!


You may love your morning coffee, but too much of a good thing can cause problems. Coffee is acidic and contains caffeine, which may speed up your digestive tract and cause issues. Too much caffeine can also lead to nausea and dehydration, plus coffee can cause indigestion and heartburn. If you find yourself experiencing issues after drinking coffee, then make sure not to drink it on an empty stomach and limit yourself to just one cup per day.


Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins such as cauliflower are good for you, but they’re also full of a type of sugar your body just can’t digest. These sugars can cause issues in the gastrointestinal system, such as bloating and stomach upset. Don’t give up on these vegetables completely, they have too many benefits to ignore, but don’t overcook them when you do eat them. Overcooking takes away some of the health benefits you’re trying for, no matter how your digestive system feels afterward. In other words, if you’re going to eat these, then make sure you’re getting all you can from them! And keep the bacteria that live in your gut healthy and able to handle these veggies by making sure to get enough probiotics.

Fried Foods

Fried foods don’t paint a picture of good health, but what’s worse is that all that fried fat can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system! Fried foods either move through your digestive system too quickly, causing issues, or not fast enough and producing a whole other set of issues!

Fried foods should pretty much just be left off your list -- they’re simply not good for you.

You must be careful when it comes to the foods you eat because you’re doing more than simply nourishing your body, you’re also contributing to the delicate balance of your system. Even healthy foods may cause problems in some people. So, if you find yourself suffering from side effects after eating, keep a journal to try to help you track down the culprits and make some changes that can help you to be the picture of gut health!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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