A lot of people ask me this question: why do whole grains cause me to have a bloated belly? Aren’t whole foods always good for you? What about raw vegetables? Why do I have a swollen belly after eating yogurt?
Well, a healthy diet for everyone does not exist: there are general principles to be respected (large consumption of vegetables, movement, moderate diet) and above all our intestine reacts to some foods in a different way. For example: legumes are a great food, and are part of a healthy diet . But my husband can also eat them every day without having the slightest swelling, while I, who have a different intestine than his, can only eat some types, and moderately others.
Same thing for fermented foods: miso, kefir, yogurt with live cultures, are foods that nourish the good bacterial flora . But if we don’t tolerate them, they increase our inflammation. The result is a “swollen belly from a healthy diet” which can lead to health problems in the long run. In particular, if we want to do a diet for the intestine, to reduce swelling and also reduce overweight, first of all we must ask ourselves what are the characteristics of our intestine.
In fact, there are “different intestines” that need different diets . Let’s see what they are.
DIET FOR THE INTESTINE: WHAT IS YOUR INTESTINE AND WHAT PROBLEMS DOES IT GIVE YOU?
1) Diet for the intestine from candida: it is a intestine sensitive to the action of candida, which gives cramps, a sense of fatigue, hunger attacks especially for sweets, swelling of the belly. In women, it can create episodes of intestinal candidiasis. In this case, it is necessary to reduce the simple sugars in the diet. For example, starting with a low carb or zone diet (40% carbohydrates), and avoiding sweets with sugar, fruit yoghurt, juices and smoothies, sweet snacks, and many industrial foods. 2) Diet for the “immune” intestine
It is also important to keep a food diary in which we note the foods that cause us swelling.
3) Diet for a stressed intestine:typical of those who unload their tensions on the intestine, and end up having everything on the stomach. Weakness, allergies, poor muscle tone, increased waistline, insomnia are typical symptoms of those with this type of intestine. Avoid simple sugars (limiting yourself to two portions of fruit and using stevia to sweeten), coffee, nicotine, ginseng, alcohol and other nerve substances. Good red fruits, nuts, avocado, beef and veal from non-intensive farming, Greek yogurt, salmon, pumpkin.
4) Diet for gastritis intestines:characterized by intense heartburn, nausea, reflux. It may be helpful to eat little but often, avoiding large meals. Slow chewing is necessary, it is necessary to avoid drinking too much water during meals, and to improve intestinal acidity with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a little water before eating. Coffee and industrial foods must be reduced, while more fruit and vegetables must be eaten.
5) Diet for intoxicated intestines: those with this intestine often have skin problems and gallbladder problems. Foods that are too fatty must be reduced, while this intestine holds up well whole foods, cooked and raw vegetables, centrifuged or vegetable juices, fruit. Use only a little raw olive oil to season dishes.