The digestive system is one of the most important and critical organs in the human body, and to maintain its function well we should first know what is and is not suitable for it. This lies in the choice of quantity, quality and timing of our foods and drinks. Burping, heartburn, stomach aches, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. are all digestive symptoms due to our dietary habits, including:
- Eating large meals
- Eat in an uncomfortable position (leaning – driving – walking – lying)
- Swallowing the air while eating (eating fast – talking while eating – using a drinking straw)
- Eating certain foods that produce gas in the intestines
- Eat hot and cold foods at the same time
- Drink water while eating
- Sleep immediately after eating
- Wearing tight clothes during or immediately after eating
- Eating while you feel not good or have much stress
- Eating much sugars and sweets
- Some gastrointestinal diseases lead to indigestion such as GERD, gastric ulcers and nervous colon.
The golden rule in treating indigestion is to reduce the amount of food in one meal. Eat small meals throughout the day to facilitate digestion and absorption
- Chew well. Do not eat fast or speak much.
- Avoid drinking water and fluids during meals because this weakens digestive enzymes and hinders digestion.
- Avoid fatty and fried foods and soft drinks. Reduce the intake of white flour and its products of cakes and sweets, which ferment in the intestine and cause bloating.
- In cases of GERD Avoid coffee, cocoa, mint, garlic, onions, oranges, and spicy spices.
- Some people are sensitive to the components of certain foods (such as lactose in milk or gluten in bread), so alternatives must be found. Some foods are known to cause bloating after digestion in some people, including beans, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, garlic and onions.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Probiotic: Regularly eat fermented foods such as yogurt or miso because they contain beneficial bacteria that help digestion.
- Herbal supplements: Herbs play an effective role in the treatment of indigestion. – Peppermint, chamomile, cumin, fennel and anise seeds help indigestion, reduce bloating and colic, ginger is an anti-nausea, basil and thyme are anti-microbial and bactericidal, chicory and dandelion stimulate bile secretion, which helps digest fat.
- Honey, especially marjoram honey relieves indigestion, colic and bloating.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.