Common digestive issues like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn’s Disease are making it difficult for certain people to stay healthy.
Tamara Duker Freuman is a dietitian who explains the ins and outs of ways to stay healthy while avoiding making yourself sick. While avoiding healthy foods like salad, fruit, and whole grains may seem like a bad decision, it’s sometimes the best way to stay healthy. Freuman says, “healthfulness and digestive tolerance are two completely separate issues.”
For Those With Acid Reflux…
You’ve probably had some problems with raw salad.
Your doctor may have told you that losing weight can help improve your symptoms, so the first step is usually eating some more salad, but maybe that left you feeling bloated, or your throat was sore, when you expected to feel lighter and more energetic.
These are symptoms of overnight acid reflux, something that large portions of raw vegetables can cause in an acid reflux patient.
To test this theory, avoid raw vegetables for a week.
You can still stay healthy, though!
Simply cook the vegetables, eat more lean proteins, and keep your grains/beans to small portions.
From there, you can slowly incorporate small portions of raw vegetables and salads into your diet (start with avocado, beets, or finely-shredded carrots) to get your body used to the change.
For Those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome…
You’ve probably had problems with sugars, even fruits!
Caucasians are especially prone to dietary fructose intolerance, meaning they struggle to absorb free fructose (sugar) in the small intestine.
So, that sugar causes pain in the abdominal, bloating, and even diarrhea. This occurs because the sugar, when it’s not absorbed, sits in the colon, pulling a lot of water away from where it’s needed. Bacteria can also grow there.
Healthy Foods to Avoid:
- Dried Fruit
- Fruit Juices
However, you can still have these:
If You Have Inflammatory Bowel Disease/Crohn’s Disease…
You probably have problems with whole grains!
Most people need to switch to an “anti-inflammatory” diet. Which means avoiding whole grains, vegetables, and nuts, and adding more refined grains and animal proteins.
These grains aren’t always digested properly, and as they pass through an already-inflamed bowel, that’s when the individual experiences abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Freuman suggests creating two dietary plans:
- Digestive Tolerance (During a Flare)
- Promote Anti-Inflammatory Milieu (After Remission)
The digestive tolerance plan should include low-fiber (or “white carbs”) such as sourdough bread, farina, white rice, potatoes, and crackers.
Promoting anti-inflammatory diets can incorporate a little whole grain to build up the body’s tolerance.