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Consuming high amounts of some popular foods frequently can affect your intestines. Ensuring intestinal health can not only promote better digestion, it can also support the immune system, mood, and even aid in weight control and prevent chronic diseases.
5 worst foods for your gut
1. Drinks and sugary foods
High consumption of added sugar can affect the balance of the gut microbiome. The additive can eliminate the beneficial bacteria in the intestine. The Harvard School of Public Health explains that when there is an alteration in the balance of the microbiome, dysbiosis occurs. As a result, the body can become more susceptible to disease.
Sugar supports chronic inflammation, which is associated with diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s.
2. Processed meats
Processed meat is considered carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Each 50 gram serving of processed meat consumed per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. “This risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” published in 2015 by the World Health Organization.
3. Highly processed foods
Processed meats, sodas, sugary or salty packaged snacks, packaged breads, nuggets, buns, and cakes are examples of processed foods that are high in unwanted food additives and preservatives that disrupt healthy bacteria in the gut.
As we anticipated, when the balance between good and bad bacteria is disrupted, diseases can appear. Nutritional psychiatrist Uma Naidoo notes that examples of such illnesses include: inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), asthma, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cognitive and mood problems.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages, these reduce the variety and amount of different species of bacteria in the intestine. But that’s not all, drink alcohol, even in a moderate way, increases risk of colorectal cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that all types of alcoholic beverages, such as red and white wines, beer, cocktails and spirits, are associated with cancer.
5. Fried food
Medical News Today explains that fried foods are more difficult for the body to digest. Oils high in saturated and trans fats can further irritate the stomach and cause diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. Fried foods can also promote the growth of harmful gut bacteria.
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