A sensitive stomach can bring about many problems, which aren’t limited to the digestive system alone. The term sensitive stomach itself incorporates a wide range of maladies that include, but aren’t limited to, heartburns, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach pain and diarrhea. Strangely enough, even though a sensitive stomach is considered a minor ailment, it’s one of the most rampant health conditions in developed countries and affects as many as 120 million people in The United States of America alone. Not to mention, since a sensitive stomach is not something that requires medical attention, the statistics in this regard are likely to be on the lower side as compared with the actual occurrences of the condition.
With this in mind, there are many health practitioners who vouch for, and advocate, a special sensitive stomach diet; but these diets find themselves under scrutiny by critics a little too often for our comfort. Despite this, you could still reap the benefits of certain foods without shifting to sensitive stomach diet altogether; below, you will find a list of the best foods for a sensitive stomach:
- Gluten-free cereals: Gluten has often been labeled a major culprit for stomach troubles, and is best avoided. Thus, you should replace your wheat, bran and barley with rice, corn, mullets and other crab sources like potatoes, sweet potatoes and quinoa.
- Herbal teas have been long known for their soothing effects on the stomach and on the digestive system as a whole; true to this property, their soothing effects extend to calming and remedying most stomach ailments as well.
- Food that have less fats (essentially oils) and meals that require a very little oil for cooking also make the list of top foods for sensitive stomachs since oils take long to digest, which may cause heartburn, and are as such difficult to digest.
- Most vegetables consist of short chain carbohydrates that can cause problems for people with sensitive stomachs; the ones that are safe include carrots, cucumbers, green beans, all leafy green vegetables and zucchini.
- Seafood is another great option, since it is easier to digest as compared with other meats. However, when eating other meats you can overcook them a little to ensure that they don’t cause any discomfort.
- In order to make up for not being able to eat all vegetables and fruits (though many of them can still be consumed), you should consult your doctor about vitamin supplements; however, don’t start off on a regimen without proper advice as this may prove counterproductive.