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Healthy Eating When You Have Digestive Problems

What you eat can contribute to digestive problems. Many people eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Poor eating habits, such as eating too quickly or skipping meals, can also be part of the problem. Many digestive problems can be prevented by eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

The following are lists of healthy foods that may be incorporated into your diet. 

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FRUIT

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Canned fruits (canned in fruit juice or water)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Watermelon

VEGETABLES

  • Asparagus
  • Beans (green, kidney, lima, navy, soybeans, yellow)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Sauerkraut
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Vegetable juices
  • Zucchini

MEAT/PROTEIN

  • Eggs
  • Dried peas, beans, and lentils
  • Fish
  • Lean meats
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Poultry
  • Seeds
  • Tofu

GRAINS

  • Multigrain breads, cereals and crackers
  • Rice (brown or wild)
  • Whole wheat pasta

Some people with digestive system difficulties may find they have problems after eating certain foods. Through a process of trial-and-error, you can find a variety of healthy foods to add to your diet. There are, though, certain symptoms of digestive problems that should be evaluated by a health professional. Be sure to report any of the following symptoms you have to your health care provider:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss or weakness
  • Fatigue

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on July 25, 2013

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