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If you suffer from any kind of gas, bloating, pain, or irritability in your stomach, you might be unknowingly eating some foods that aren’t agreeing with you. So it’s time to look deeper at what you’re putting in your body and how it affects your digestion.

Below, we’re sharing five common foods that can disrupt your gut health and digestion.

Artificial sweeteners
The sweeteners in things like chewing gum, sports drinks, and “sugar-free” treats can damage the microbes in the stomach. Therefore, it’s best to avoid sweeteners like stevia, aspartame, and sucralose so you can keep running on the treadmill instead of running to the bathroom.

Cruciferous vegetables
It’s a silly name, but the word cruciferous is a way to lump broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage together. If you already have a sensitive gut, eating too much insoluble fiber, the fiber found in these vegetables, is like pouring salt on a wound. One word – Ouch.

We hate to say you might have to put the ice cream down, but the good news is there are so many alternatives like cashew and coconut-based desserts you can enjoy. If you consume too much lactose, it can get into the large intestine and cause diarrhea.

Fried food
Fried foods can move through the body too quickly or stay in your digestive tract too long, causing diarrhea, bloating, or gas. Sounds like a lose-lose situation to us.

Do you always run to the bathroom after your morning joe? The caffeine activates contractions in your colon making you need to go ASAP. Coffee is also extremely acidic and can cause irritation in the gut lining, so try to stick to only one cup a day.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

So what should you eat for healthy digestion? Here are five foods to help improve your gut health.