Some foods are easily digestible, while others can wreak havoc on your tummy as your body struggles to metabolize them. Many foods that are difficult for your body to process are unhealthy for you. However, a few do contain the nutrients necessary for good health in general and good gut health in particular. Here are some foods that can be hard on your stomach. Some you may want to ditch altogether, and others you may want to learn how to properly enjoy for the most benefit.
12. High-Fiber Foods
Foods that are rich in fiber are important for promoting good digestive health. Since your body digests them more slowly, they remain in your digestive tract for a while and help you feel full longer. They are also important for maintaining a healthy balance of the good bacteria in your gut that aid in digestion. However, if you’re not used to them, these foods can be difficult to digest and can result in gassy feelings and bloating. Introduce high-fiber foods like bran, cruciferous vegetables, and fruits to your diet slowly. Start with adding one or two servings of fiber-rich foods each day and increase as your body becomes accustomed to them.
11. Foods Dense in Carbohydrates
Some bloating and stomach pain can occur due to the fiber contained in high-density carbohydrates such as whole grains. In other cases, bloating and stomach discomfort may be caused by a reaction to the gluten contained in carbohydrate-rich breads, pastries, and pastas. If consuming these foods leads to diarrhea, stomach pain, and irritability, it may be prudent to speak with your doctor. Your physician can rule out conditions such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Celiac disease occurs when the consumption of gluten triggers an inflammatory response in the body that can lead to intestinal damage.