Common Dietary Triggers of Digestive Issues: Identifying and Managing Your Triggers

If you’re dealing with digestive issues, you usually can tell what foods might trigger these issues. If you aren’t sure, it might be time to start keeping a food diary so that you can identify these triggers. Once your triggers are identified, it’s important that you’re avoiding them so that you aren’t putting your body through digestive distress and you’re able to enjoy food instead of worrying about the pain that might follow your meal.

Common Dietary Triggers to Avoid

One of the worst foods that often trigger digestive issues is anything fried. These foods are often high in fat and very oily. This can upset your stomach and cause pain and diarrhea. If these foods have rich sauces or lots of butter, your stomach will not enjoy them and you’ll likely be dealing with pain after your meal.

Depending on what digestive issues you might deal with, citrus fruits can often trigger pain as well. Because these are high in acid and fiber, you might deal with an upset stomach. Similarly, while fiber is good for you, there is such a thing as too much. If you ingest an overload of carbs, your body will start feeling bloated and you might find that you’re feeling gassy and irritated.

One common trigger for digestive issues is spicy foods. Many people might find that they experience indigestion or heartburn after ingesting spicy foods. It’s important to take it easy with spices and try to pair spicy foods with others that can ease the spice. Dairy also can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Many people aren’t able to properly digest the lactose that’s found in dairy and end up feeling bloated and unhappy after ingesting dairy.

Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today

Find out what foods you might need to eliminate from your diet. Contact your gastroenterologist to see what foods might trigger your digestive issues.


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