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The Real Reason for Your Digestive Trouble

  By Renita Tisha Pinto  posted Jul 23rd 2013 at 6:30AM IN | Avg Rating
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The Real Reason for Your Digestive Trouble

Most of us are embarrassed to discuss digestive related issues with anyone, even our GP. If you're like most people, you will shy away from addressing questions related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Nutritionist and Freelance Writer at Travellers Dietition – Kara Landau, attempts to  answers your digestive related questions; from smelly farts to constant burps.


When we are detected with food intolerance, most of us get stressed and think that we won't be able to eat a variety of food, after sourcing a list of “foods to avoid”. People sensitive to the nutrient components of foods listed below may not be able to have wheat based cereal or cow’s milk for breakfast. Kara says, "if you are sensitive to specific nutrients, this does not mean that you cannot eat any of these  foods ever, it just means that you need to eat eat smaller portions, and not eat them all on the same day."


If you have food sensitivity, do not consume all the food that may trigger a reaction in one day.  Scientifically, a list of foods to avoid are collectively known as FODMAPs. In order, to ensure you are not avoiding foods unnecessarily, you should update your FODMAP with the help of a dietician. Kara goes on to add, "what is more shocking is that, there are actually very few triggers to look out for, prior to even going down the FODMAPs path."


Constant trouble causing food groups:

Spicy foods.

Large high fat meals (could be in the form of fried foods or simply high fat sauces and meats used in cooking).

High fibre foods (particularly insoluble e.g. bran fibre, as well as those that are particularly gaseous such as cauliflower, cabbage and legumes).

Caffeine (mostly coming from beverages).



To control stomach bloating, it is important to not load yourself with too much of food. Therefore, if you have a large high fat and spicy meal or strong cup of take away coffee, it is no surprise that you will be likely to see stronger effects, compared to if you consumed a small spicy soup, or an instant coffee in the morning. The food attack you indulge in, is the only reason that will trigger a stronger gastric or bowel responses.


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