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- Cleveland Clinic: Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Mayo Clinic: Lactose Intolerance; February 2010
- Cleveland Clinic: Lactose Intolerance
- National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: What I Need to Know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome; May 2007
- Mayo Clinic: Peptic Ulcer; January 2011
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Gastrointestinal problems can be a symptom of a serious medical condition, a food allergy or a result of eating too much 1. Most often, you can reduce or eliminate specific gastrointestinal problems by avoiding foods that trigger or worsen your condition 1. However, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with your doctor if symptoms persist or include a significant and lasting change in bowel habits, unusual abdominal pain, narrow or bloody stools or rapid weight loss.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Difficulty or an inability to digest milk sugar can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, stomach bloating and gas 1. While the degree of gastrointestinal symptoms depends on how much if any lactase – the enzyme responsible for milk sugar digestion – your body produces, avoiding all dairy products is a good idea until all your symptoms subside 1.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
When your large intestine -– also called your large bowel -– functions improperly, certain foods can cause or worsen symptoms such as cramping and bloating, gas and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Because irritable bowel syndrome has no known cure, the more “trigger” foods you eliminate from your diet, the better. Common culprits include:
- fried foods
- dairy products
- foods containing caffeine
- carbonated drinks
Acid Reflux Disease
Heartburn, chest pressure or pain and stomach acid in your mouth can all be symptoms of acid reflux disease. In this case, certain foods can cause the muscle that keeps stomach fluids from entering your esophagus to relax, while others increase the amount of acid your stomach produces, making the situation worse. Fat is especially bothersome, so eliminating fried foods is a good idea.
A peptic ulcer is an open sore that can develop in the lining of your esophagus, stomach or small intestine. At best, peptic ulcers can be painful, and at worst, they can cause:
- internal bleeding
- a serious stomach infection called peritonitis
- a buildup of scar tissue that makes it difficult for food to move through your digestive tract
Reduce stomach pain and other symptoms such as
- carbonated soda
Reduce dietary fat by avoiding fatty red meat and fried foods.
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