4 Popular Paleo Foods to Avoid If Your Suffer From Digestive Issues
Those who begin The Paleo Diet to help with medical issues don’t always realize there are some healthy foods which may still be causing harm to their body and mind.
Studies show that one in five Americans have problems with their gut, meaning that they deal with diarrhea or stomach pain, among other issues.
While these digestive problems seem like they would be enough to deal with, additionally, they can actually cause anxiety and depression.
If you suffer from digestive or emotional problems and are on The Paleo diet, here are four popular paleo foods that you need to avoid.
The first kind of food you need to watch out for are called FODMAPs. This stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides and Polyps.
Classified as a specific type of carbohydrate, they keep your small intestine from digesting properly.
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If you eat often include FODMAPs in your diet and are experiencing have digestive issues, try to replace them with other safe foods.
An example of some to avoid:
- Brussel Sprouts
2. Caffeine and Coffee
The second group of food you need to stay away from is caffeine and coffee!
While both can make you feel energetic, quickly, for a short period of time, these foods can actually cause a lot of problems in your digestive system.
Diarrhea and stomach cramps are common with people who can’t tolerate caffeine.
A large number of people who suffer from digestive issues often go to the doctor only to find out that the symptoms they are experiencing are a direct result of their adrenal gland.
If you suspect that you may be one of them, cut out this food for a month and then see how you feel.
If you rely on it, taper it off and try to reduce your intake and frequency.
3. Raw Vegetables and Fruits
It might surprise you we’ve included raw fruits and vegetables on this list.
However, even though The Paleo diet is full of them, raw fruits and vegetable carry a high fiber content which also makes them difficult ofr some people to digest.
Your body has to work very hard to break these types of foods down. If you’re curious about whether or not these are presenting difficulties, you should peel them before eating and cook them evenly before digesting.
Cooking can help to dramatically break down the fiber content that may be causing you digestive problems.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t ever eat vegetables and fruits ever again.
More simply, test how they affect you cooked vs. raw.
4. Seeds and Nuts
Finally, seeds and nuts are incredibly hard on your body!
While they may be a super popular Paleo snack, they contain phytic acid that can wreak havoc all over your digestive tract.
Specifically speaking, this phytic acid makes it hard to allow your body to absorb certain minerals and enzymes.
In turn, robbing you of many benefits and causing cramping, bloating, and lower levels of the vital minerals your system needs.
This can go for nut flours as well… specifically, almond flour.
What You Should Do Next
Everyone is unique.
Try to be informed and learn as much as you can about what you’re putting in your body.
Look into probiotics… such as supplements, coconut kefir, or fermented foods.
Pay attention to how your body responds. Make notes and adjustments where needed.
More importantly, give your mind and body some time to adjust to The Paleo Diet.
Rid all harmful foods from your diet and heal your entire digestive system once and for all.
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