Many people are suffering from acidity at some point in our lives. Nowadays people are more attracted by outside foods at restaurants to eat fast foods, pizza, burger, snacks, bakery items, sweets etc., either is that extra sweet at a family function or that spicy samosa during tea break. What may be the reason, acidity can be quite an uncomfortable experience and sometimes we are left with no option but to reach out for that bottle of antacid.
There are many possible causes for your upset stomach. Many of us eat too much or eat too fast. We don’t eat enough fiber. We skip meals and then subject our systems to a gigantic plate of food.
Gas production is a normal part of the digestive process and, unless it’s excessive, usually indicates a healthy intake of fiber and a well-functioning digestive tract. Most foods that contain carbohydrate may be anything from beans to bagels that are not completely broken down during digestion, so the resident bacteria in your intestines take over, producing gas as they complete the digestive process. A normal person passes gas about 14 times a day, releasing about a half liter of gas in the process.
Causes of stomach upset
Your stomach is upset due to something you ate or drank. This may be due to food poisoning, overeating & drinking and eating certain types of foods.
- Food poisoning is due to the reason that the food becomes contaminated with viruses, bacteria or parasites; it can cause upset stomach, nausea, vomiting or fever.
- If you eat or drink too much, you can get indigestion or an upset stomach due to overeating and drinking.
- Eating certain types of foods like greasy, spicy or fatty foods that can sometimes cause indigestion or an upset stomach.
- Eating too fast or eating on the run, emotional stress and travel
- Smoking, too much alcohol or caffeine
- Upset stomach can be a sign of a medical issue, such as gastro esophageal reflux disease, ulcers, lactose, intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal infection.
Home remedies to prevent gas and digestive problems
More chewing helps your stomach acids do their job more effectively and can dramatically reduce the bacterial gas that gets formed. Chewing is even more important when you’re eating vegetables and high fiber foods, because they are more difficult to breakdown in your mouth and stomach. You need to grow accustomed to chewing each bite of food more than you did for processed foods.
Take smaller bites
Taking smaller bites can help ensure that large chunks of food do not reach your intestine undigested. People who take smaller bites also tend to eat slowly, which helps prevent overeating and another cause of poor digestion.
Drink plenty of water
Drink more water, non-carbonated liquids and clear soup, but avoid soda and beer. If you do drink a beverage like beer, pour it in a glass first to let some of the fizz out.
Cut down on certain foods
The major causes of intestinal gas are what we eat and drink. Although everyone is affected differently, the foods that cause problems are usually those high in fiber or carbohydrates, which are hard to digest. Some of them include beans, peas, whole grains, cabbage, grapes, plums, raisins, corn, onions and soft drinks. We have also foods that contain milk or wheat can cause discomfort for people who are intolerant to them.
Eat foods rich in fiber
Fiber encourages passage of material through the digestive system and gives the correct consistency and bulk to stools. You should consume at least 30g of fiber per day. A balanced diet that is rich in fiber may reduce the risk of developing diverticular disease, heart disease or colorectal cancer.
Incorporate fermented dairy products
Certain probiotics, or the good bacteria that is found in dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese, may improve intestinal function and overall digestive health and benefit health conditions such as gastroenteritis, irregularity, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.
Exercise and manage stress
Regular cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and reduces sluggishness by stimulating the intestinal muscles to push digestive contents through your system.
Stress effects the nerves of the digestive system and can upset the intricate balance of digestion. In some people stress slows the process of digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation while others may need to frequently empty their bowels and the stools may be more loose and watery. Stress may worsen some conditions such as peptic ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome.