Suffering from indigestion, bloating, belching, flatulence, heartburn, gastritis, gout or constipation? The reason may be your excessive and unhealthy diet habits.

How to alleviate these health problems or ailments? Try taking smaller meals at more frequent intervals. Eating at regular times may also regulate these problems as the amount of acid released into the stomach can be reduced. Watch what you eat: cut down on highly processed carbohydrates such as white bread, sugars, pasta, noodles, biscuits and cakes. Don’t take carbonated drinks or soft drinks as they contain a high level of sugar content and will increase the gas released into your digestive system. Certain foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage produce more gases when broken down by intestinal bacteria. Milk and dairy products may also cause gas or wind in the stomach. Consuming more fibre may help in bowel movement but releases a lot of gases which may cause bloating and flatulence. Stress and nervousness can aggravate the problems of indigestion for more acid is secreted into the system. Drinking lots of water also causes bloating though it helps to wash away toxic waste in our body and regulate bowel movement.

How can exercise help? Exercise not only helps to move the bowel along but also to keep stress at bay.