Your gut – i.e., your whole digestive system – is the one part of your body that’s constantly dealing with external elements (food, basically). Its main role is to process and absorb nutrients, but certain substances can complicate matters. For example, allergens and toxic chemicals can cause bloating and discomfort – not something you want to put up with all day.
Nutritionist Bridget Marr RD, Specialist Dietitian & Nutritionist at Nutritional Solutions says, “greasy meals high in fat and oil can trigger nausea as they empty from the stomach more slowly. Not drinking enough fluids or eating enough fibre from fruits, vegetables and wholegrains can lead to constipation.” It’s important to note that everyone reacts differently, so what you’re sensitive to might be very different from your friends or relatives.
Nutritionist Pooja Vig from The Nutrition Clinic advises caution when dealing with gut issues. “There are hundreds of over-the-counter remedies, but unfortunately, many of them can cause additional digestive problems and very rarely address the root cause. It’s similar to putting a band-aid on an injury rather than looking at the cause.” For a natural remedy to your gut problems, you can try peppermint tea, a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in water, or chewing on some fennel seeds. You might also want to avoid the following foods and see if you notice a difference: