If you struggle with digestive issues, especially heartburn, spicy foods can feel like playing with fire — literally!
As someone who struggled with crippling irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and heartburn (acid reflux) for years, I know what it feels like to fear certain foods, not because of how they taste but because of how they will make you feel afterwards.
But here’s the good news: With the right approach to healing the gut, you can learn to love spicy foods again, and teach your digestive system to love them back.
In fact, I developed my Activate Plus Supplement — which contains beneficial enzymes to help make difficult to digest foods easier on the gut — for exactly this purpose.
But first, let’s dive into why spicy foods are such a common trigger in the first place, and what you can do through a holistic diet and lifestyle changes to improve that.
The Link Between Spicy Foods and Your Gut
If you have any type of digestive health issues, like heartburn or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), one of the first things your doctor will tell you to do is eliminate spicy foods. But the truth is, there’s a good chance you’ve already made the connection between your digestive symptoms and foods like salsa, hot sauce, or spicy chicken wings. For some people, spicy foods are the only foods that trigger their digestive health issues.
Scientists have also studied this connection. For example, one study showed that those who eat spices more than 10 times a week are more likely to have IBS than those who eat these foods less frequently. Research shows that spicy foods are more likely to trigger diarrhea than other foods, and that the correlation between spicy foods and digestive issues was stronger in women than men.
But here’s a secret conventional doctors won’t tell you: Being sensitive to spicy foods now doesn’t mean a lifetime of missing out on all your favorite spiced dishes.
The Happy Gut Guide to Enjoying Spicy Foods Again
If you’re missing out on all your favorite foods — like curries, salsas, and hot sauces — I know how difficult it can be to feel like the oddball at the dinner table, while you’re dodging trigger foods left and right. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all about adjusting your diet to heal the gut and promote optimal health, but when you have heartburn, IBS, or a sensitive stomach, the list of “dangerous” foods can become so long, it feels like there’s nothing interesting left than a boring, bland diet!
Plus, you’d be missing out on the important health benefits spicy foods have, like boosting metabolism, controlling cravings, and even promoting heart health. Foods like ginger contain high levels of antioxidants, which prevent cancer, and can even promote healthy blood sugar.
So, instead of focusing on eliminating all spicy foods and spices, why not find ways to keep them in your life, at least to some degree, while also addressing the root cause of the problem?
“What is the root cause?” you ask.
The root cause for heartburn, IBS, a sensitive stomach, or any spicy food intolerance is a gut and gut microbiome that are out of balance. If you find yourself reacting poorly to spicy foods (this also applies to any food, really), try following the 5 steps below.
Don’t just focus on spicy foods
Drink aloe vera juice
Incorporate beneficial spices
Eat fermented foods
Add targeted supplement support
Eating gut-healing superfoods like fermented foods is one thing, but supplements can take your gut healing journey to a whole new level. Why? They can deliver high doses of targeted gut-healing nutrients right to where they’re needed the most. For example, probiotics also support balancing the gut microbiome, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) helps to coat the stomach and repair mucosal injury. That said, my personal favorite supplement for increasing your tolerance for spicy foods — and really, supporting seamless digestion in general, is my upgraded digestive enzyme blend known as Happy Gut Activate Plus.
Targeted, Gut-Healing Nutrients where you need it the most.
Activate your inner gut healing in just one daily dose.
Activate Plus: My #1 Secret for Loving Spicy Foods
You can take these enzymes at the beginning of every meal to help aid the digestive process and give you extra peace of mind that you’re giving your digestive system the best possible support. I’ve heard from dozens of patients that this enzyme is what finally helped them enjoy their meals again, allowing them to diversify their diet and expand their palette.
Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received:
“I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT drop in bloating in my belly in just under 2 weeks. It prompted me to try additional Happy Gut products. Feeling optimistic!”
“No more heartburn or that post-meal yucky feeling from eating too much. I feel great within 30 minutes of finishing a big meal.”
“I hate to say it, so I will say it anonymously, but I’m chronically gassy. I can’t stand it. Activate Plus has made huge strides in reducing my stomach inflammation and helping ease my digestion. I’m feeling better and starting to get some of my confidence back. I will continue to purchase this product.”