24 June 2024

Stomach problems – where do they come from and how to avoid them?

A healthy stomach is essential. However, unfortunately, it is very difficult to avoid stomach problems, especially if we live under stress and eat quickly and not very healthy. Therefore, we are increasingly struggling with flatulence, unpleasant odor from the mouth or belching. These ailments are very unpleasant and, above all, embarrassing. In addition, some of their symptoms may indicate a disease much more serious than mild indigestion. Do we know what stomach problems are and how to protect against them?

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Flatulence – unpleasant and unhealthy

Abdominal bloating is caused by gas that builds up in the intestines. They cause an unpleasant feeling of fullness and manifest themselves, for example, with gases, which everyone would like to avoid. Most often it is the result of poor nutrition, but sometimes a  bloated stomach after eating  can be a sign of serious health problems. So what could be causing them?

  • first: excess protein in the diet. If there is too much fat in your diet, it can cause gas and gas. Too much carbon dioxide is stored in the intestines, which results in gas.
  • eating too fast. If we eat fast, greedily and talk while eating, in addition to flatulence, there is also an increase in the circumference of the abdomen during the day.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome – here, bloating is additionally accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms are also nausea, lethargy, fatigue and migraines. With such symptoms, be sure to see a doctor. 
  • In this condition, flatulence occurs together with abdominal pain, alternating with diarrhea or constipation. Nausea, lethargy, fatigue, headaches and anxiety may also occur. If these symptoms occur, see a doctor.
  • Excess bacteria – manifested by flatulence and very unpleasant gases. Their main reason is the consumption of too heavy to digest, as well as a large amount of legumes. Bacteria in the large intestine have to work much more intensively, which speeds up the fermentation process and thus triggers the expulsion of gases.

So how to protect yourself from unwanted gas bloating? First of all, you should take care of your diet. It is good to take care of your balance: do not eat too much protein and fats, drink a lot of (still) water, eat small but frequent meals. Eat slowly, avoid large amounts of legumes, exercise. In addition, you can also use several effective methods:

  • herbal teas – if you eat a large meal, drink fennel infusion, which has a carminative effect and allows you to get rid of their excess (it is worth drinking them at home or after a meal, because their effect may be uncomfortable in company)
  • walk – physical activity helps digestion and accelerates the breakdown of food
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Bouncing around for food – a shameful ailment

We usually associate eating with pleasure. Hearty and satiated mussels are good, but  burping after eating  is not only unpleasant but also embarrassing. Where does this ailment come from? Most often,  belching is associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction. So belching is the expulsion of the swallowed air found in the esophagus or stomach through the mouth. It is a typical physiological reflex – after a meal, the lower esophageal sphincter has a reduced tone, and the tension of the stomach walls and its motility are increased (due to the meal), which causes the swallowed air to be expelled to the outside. Additionally, in addition to the usual reflection, which results in a bad smell, there is also empty reflectiononly by swallowing air. Both of these types are not very pleasant and very embarrassing, especially in the company.The causes of these disorders include:

  • excessive alcohol consumption, especially beer
  • certain medications
  • sweet foods
  • carbonated drinks
  • fast food, crisps, hard to digest, heavy meals
  • overeating
  • meals eaten under stress, in a hurry (which is conducive to swallowing air while eating, and thus also burping)

How can I solve the problem of  frequent belching ? First of all, you need to change your eating habits. It is therefore recommended:

  • eating small portions of meals at small and regular intervals 
  • eating light meals, avoiding heavy foods
  • eating slowly, eating small bites
  • very thorough chewing of food
  • giving up carbonated drinks, which strongly affect the accumulation of air in the stomach and esophagus
  • drinking the infusion of crumpled and St. John’s wort before eating

As you can see, digestive problems are quite common and especially affect people who like to eat well and eat well. Therefore, to protect yourself from them, it is food that should be focused on – eating meals slowly, chewing thoroughly, and eating light, small portions at regular intervals. Following simple rules can not only protect against digestive problems, but also promote gastric hygiene and weight loss. It is also worth remembering that we can always reach for appropriate dietary supplements – most of them are available at any pharmacy without a prescription. However, it should also be remembered that in the case of recurring and very severe ailments, it is necessary to contact a doctor. 

Katarzyna Kroteniuk

Editor-in-chief of diet4u.org blog

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