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7 digestion myths busted to deal better with your gut health

Published on:25 July 2021, 11:00am IST
It’s important to bust digestive health myths, so that you can have a better chance of detecting your gut troubles, when they occur.
Aayushi Gupta
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When it comes to digestive health, there are a lot of changes that take place in our gut. They could be anything from frequent bowel movements, constipation, cramping and other changes. What’s more, there seems to be a new diet or food every other day that will unlock the secret to your digestive health. This makes digestive health so complex to understand. 

Unfortunately, there are several digestive myths that could cause more trouble. Instead, how about swapping them with tips? Let’s go! 

Here are 7 common digestion health myths that you shouldn’t believe: 
1. Eliminating waste once a week is normal

Bowel movements are necessary for optimal functioning of the body. They allow you to eliminate the waste from your diet via the intestine. If you have a bowel movement every day, it is considered normal. Although, as a ground rule, pooping three times a day to three times a week is considered as normal digestion. It’s essential to remember that!  

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People who go more than a week without pooping may have severe constipation and should talk with a doctor. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Raw vegetables are for everyone

No. While some people feel great after eating raw vegetables, it is not for everyone. People with weak digestion might suffer from serious troubles. Begin consuming more cooked vegetables, until your gut becomes stronger. 

3. Bloating and cramping are normal

Sometimes, just the act of eating can cause pain, bloating, cramping and constipation. Such chronic issues are associated with poor digestive health, which people usually think is normal. It can also be a sign of inflammation in the gut and a possible cause can be gut disease. 

4. Probiotic foods are for everyone

Many of you believe that it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you have got a probiotic supplement. There’s no denying that probiotic foods can help one to deal with bacterial and fungal infections. But if you’re dealing with gut dysbiosis, then these foods can add fuel to the fire. Also, people with histamine intolerance can also find probiotic foods a little problematic. 

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Probiotics are safe for the majority of the population, but side effects can occur. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Spicy foods and stress cause ulcers

Spicy food and stress could definitely exacerbate symptoms, but they don’t actually cause an ulcer. Actually, stomach ulcers are usually caused by helicobacter pylori bacteria. 

6. The more fiber, the better

Dietary fibres are healthy and can cause symptoms of digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Aim to consume only 20 to 35 grams of fibre per day. Overloading your intestine with fibre can cause cramping, bloating and excess gas, among other adverse effects. 

7. Eating nuts leads to diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition in which pockets in the intestine become inflamed and irritated. There’s no scientific information available that nuts lead to diverticulitis.

Don’t fall for these myths and take care of your gut health in a better way!

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.