Best Foods for Prevention and Cure of Stomach Disorders

Aug 07, 2019

Bellyache? You could be suffering from disorders of the digestive (or gastrointestinal) tract. Stomach disorders, however, are not just confined to our stomachs; the esophagus, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas and the gallbladder are other organs affected by these illnesses. According to research conducted by the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, nearly 25% of the global population suffers from functional gastrointestinal disorders. These diseases are not just highly prevalent, but can also be extremely costly to treat. Hence, prevention can certainly be more beneficial than a cure.

Common causes of Stomach Disorders:
Digestive diseases can be caused by bacterial or viral infections and inflammation. Factors like lactose deficiency, difficulty digesting certain food types, poor circulation to intestines, ruptured organs, muscle dysfunction, gallstones, eating disorders and stress can also lead to stomach illnesses. Stomach disorders can also arise as a side-effect of consuming anti-inflammatory drugs. Some recent studies have also linked smoking to digestive diseases like ulcers and gastric acid reflux.


Can Stomach Disorders be treated with Food?

Traditionally, and scientifically, there are a number of food groups which have been found to contain compounds and enzymes with medicinal properties. These groups are capable of curing numerous ailments in our bodies. Remembering to eat the following food items can contribute towards a quick recovery from a bellyache.

Top Foods for Prevention and Cure of Stomach Disorders
 

  1. Yogurt - Yogurt contains lactic acid bacteria, known as probiotics, which reside in your digestive tract and can help contribute to a healthy gut. These probiotics can help reduce bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

 

  1. Fruits -
    • Apples - Apples are an excellent source of soluble fibers known as, pectin. Consuming apples on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of intestinal infections as well as inflammation in the colon.
    • Papaya - Papaya is rich in the digestive enzyme known as papain which helps in breaking down protein fibers and can aid the digestion of protein. It also provides relief from constipation and bloating.

 

  1. Vegetables -
    • Beetroot - Beetroots are an excellent source of fiber. They improve digestion by feeding healthy gut bacteria and adding bulk to the stools.
    • Ginger - Ginger helps expedite food movement through your stomach reducing the risk of heartburn, nausea and stomach discomfort.
    • Dark Green veggies - green vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach and broccoli are a good source of fiber and magnesium which can help reduce constipation. Recent research has found that the sugar present in these vegetables cannot only aid digestion but also, help impair illness-causing bacteria.

 

  1. Fermented Foods -
    • Tempeh (fermented Soybean) - Tempeh fermentation process helps break down sugars through bacteria and yeast making it a good source of probiotics. These probiotics found in tempeh form a lining in your intestines, thereby protecting them from harmful bacteria. They also prevent diarrhea and reduce bloating.
    • Miso - Miso too is made by fermenting soybeans with salt and fungus known as koji. Like Tempeh, it contains probiotics which help reduce digestive disorders and cure intestinal illnesses.
    • Natto - Like, tempeh and miso, this is made by fermenting soybeans. Natto is rich in probiotics which act as a defense mechanism against toxins and harmful bacteria.
    • Kimchi - Kimchi is made by fermenting vegetables like cabbage. It helps with digestion and promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
    • Sauerkraut - Sauerkraut is made by finely cutting fermented raw cabbage. The fermentation process makes it an excellent source of probiotics and enzymes which help in digestion.

 

  1. Fennel - The antispasmodic present in fennel relaxes the muscles in our digestive tract, thereby reducing bloating, flatulence and stomach cramping.

 

  1. Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and work like a prebiotic by supporting the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. They also help in improving bowel regularity.

 

  1. Whole Grains - Whole grains like oats, quinoa, farro, and whole wheat products are full of fiber and can assist in digestion. The fiber found in whole grains helps add bulk to the stool and reduce constipation. Some grain fibers can work as prebiotics by feeding your healthy gut bacteria.

 

  1. Kombucha Tea - Kombucha is a fermented tea created by mixing specific strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar to black or green tea. The fermentation process produces probiotic bacteria which can heal stomach ulcers. Apart from Kombucha, peppermint and chamomile tea can also help soothe those suffering from stomach disorders.

 

  1. Salmon - The omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon help reduce inflammation, thereby helping those who suffer from gut inflammation related disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, food intolerances, and other digestive disorders.


Stomach disorders like stomach ache, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea can cause havoc in our daily lives. Avoiding, or reducing, following types of foods can also help keep stomach problems at bay,

Foods to Avoid During Stomach Disorders
 

  • Gluten rich grains - Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye can cause digestive damage for those who suffer from gluten intolerance.
  • Caffeine - caffeine can cause heartburn, diarrhea and worsen stomach ulcers in some patients
  • Alcohol - Alcohol can irritate the stomach lining and cause gastritis.
  • Spicy foods - While spicy foods may not be the cause of ulcers but that can aggravate an already existing stomach disorder.
  • Fatty foods - high-fat content in certain foods can cause contraction of the digestive tract leading to constipation or diarrhea.
  • Acidic foods - It is best to avoid high acid foods like tomatoes and orange juice as they can exacerbate digestive problems.
  • Dairy - Dairy products, other than yogurt, can aggravate stomach disorders because of the high lactose content found in them.
  • Sugar - Sugar increase growth of bad gut bacteria. An imbalance of bacteria can cause glucose intolerance and lead to diabetes in some individuals.
  • Smoking - Smoking can lead to heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers, and liver diseases.


Elimination Diet
An elimination, or an exclusion diet, is a popular method of trial and error. It helps an individual to identify food-related allergies and intolerances through a simple process of elimination of foods consumed in a regular diet. This method can help you lead a life free of digestive disorders by avoiding foods that do not agree with your gut health.
 

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