Debunking Myths

Truth: It is exactly the opposite. Smoking sets your digestive system on fire. Smoking weakens your digestive sphincter (the gate in the form of a muscular ring between the food pipe and the stomach). This may cause the stomach content and fiery acid to splash back into your food-pipe. This is called as acid reflex and may cause you pain and discomfort.

Truth: There may be many causes of digestive problems like harmful bacteria, medication overdose, smoking, etc. But, your brain and your digestive system are undeniably connected. There is a definite association between psychological health and digestive wellness. Stress and anxiety may worsen the symptoms of some digestive disorders like ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.
Be sure to de-stress with periodic breaks, meditation, and yoga.

Truth: One of the best ways to help prevent digestive problems like indigestion, bloating, or heartburn is to eat smaller meals more often. It may also help to eat these slowly. Chew each bite, and enjoy it to the fullest!

Truth: The triggers for digestive problems like heartburn and bloating are different in different people. Spicy and pungent food can set off digestive episodes in some people. Others may be affected by starchy food like beans and potatoes. Some get triggered by fried foodstuff like chips and wafers, and some by citrus foods like oranges and lemons. Since each person has a different trigger, it is advised that you note down all what you eat in a diary to pinpoint your individual food trigger and then limit it or avoid it altogether.

Truth: This will not work at all if you are lactose-intolerant.

Truth: Most people experience ulcers caused either due to bacteria called Helicobacter pylori or due to overuse of medications like painkillers. While spicy food and stress may definitely worsen the symptoms, they are rarely the main cause.

Truth: Anything used in extreme can harm more than benefit you. Try to ensure normal bowel movement by eating a fiber-rich diet, probiotics like curds or yoghurt, keeping yourself hydrated, and exercising regularly.

Truth: Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of factors like infection, stress, food allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome. Whatever the cause, you should treat diarrhea as soon as possible as it can lead to the depletion of essential nutrients and electrolytes (salts) from your body and make you dehydrated.