Between the recent holidays and the ongoing pandemic, many of us have sought comfort through eating to make us feel better. But putting on the extra pounds isn’t the only health concern these days. Our digestive systems are now dealing with the consequences.
A new survey of 2,000 Americans, who experience some form of digestive discomfort, reveals that 64% have felt an increase in digestive upsets since the beginning of the pandemic. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of our heartburn medicine Acidil, the survey also digs into why we continue to eat foods that upset us.
Comfort Food Cravings
Stress not only affects our digestive system but also our relationship with food. It can cause us to overeat, eat at odd times like late at night, or make poor diet choices. Sometimes the temptation to indulge is just too great. According to the study, 78% of people say they eat foods that cause them discomfort at least a few times per month. Pizza, candy, and macaroni and cheese top the list of trigger foods, which also happen to be the favorite meals of an unlucky 23% of those surveyed.
Learn more about the survey results in this video.
Make It Healthy
If you’ve fallen off the healthy food wagon and your gut can’t go on, the start of the year is an opportunity to begin anew. Finding ways to lighten up your favorite cozy recipes can give you the comfort you crave, without the tummy troubles that follow.
Want to eat less bread and carbs? Check out this keto spin on the classic Chicken Pot Pie, made with an almond flour crust and nutrient-rich bone broth from Wholesome Yum’s Maya Krampf. Those who have a sweet tooth can find satisfaction with this recipe by Ashley Tutt of A Half Baked Mom for sugar- and dairy-free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins.
If you’re looking for relief in the meantime, explore Boiron’s line of digestive health medicines for heartburn, gas, and more.*
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.