Do you always have problems with an upset stomach? Stomach problems can be attributed to our way of eating. Maybe you are eating too much, or maybe eating less, or simply eating the wrong foods are the risks factors for discomfort in our digestive system. Stomach upset can be irritating and weakening. It can ruin anyone’s day. Stomach upset can be in a kind of cramping and tightness in the muscles or might be in the milder form such as belching that comes along with feeling of fullness or as serious as abdominal pain.
But whatever kinds of stomach upsets you are experiencing right now, stomach problems must be dealt accordingly.
The best way to deal with stomach problems is to prevent it from happening. The following are tried and tested tips to lessen the possibility of getting stomach problems:
1. Take easy on caffeinated items. Caffeine can be found naturally on food items such as coffee, chocolates, cocoa and soda. Though caffeine has been found to be rich in antioxidants, which are good to fight cancer. Caffeine-rich foods must be taken in moderation to avoid stomach upset.
2. Eat meals during mealtimes. Sounds so effortless, but always been taken for granted. Our body secretes acid in response to stress and hunger. Stomach lining can be irritated over time and eventually result to a more serious condition called peptic ulcer. Thus, the next time you feel hungry, don’t ignore it.
3. Avoid irritants. Spicy and oil soaked food items upset stomach.
4. Have a break. Digestive system is also highly affected by strong emotions such as anxiety and stress.
Prevention is always better than any other treatments. However, if you are already experiencing stomach troubles, the following information can help you:
• The medical approach in dealing with any kind of discomfort is to treat the underlying cause to alleviate the symptoms. Thus, secure doctor’s advice first before you feel tempted to self-medicate yourself. It might only worsen your condition. Black or tarry stools, continuous vomiting, fever and severe abdominal pain means different things.
• Hydrate yourself. Dehydration is a common after effect of stomach upset due to bouts of nausea and vomiting. Be sure you get enough fluids to prevent further complications. The recommended water intake is about 2 liters of water or 6-8 glasses.
• The first choice to help ease stomach problems are not really food items but beverages. Ginger ale or tea and mint are the old remedies but still popular today for stomach upset.
• The next best thing to do for stomach upset is choosing the right kinds of food.
BRAT diet or banana, rice, apple and toast have long been therapy for stomach troubles. BRAT or bland is good to ease the irritated stomach lining. Eating too much can also contributes to the problem, thus small frequent feeding is imperative when stomach is already inflamed.
The digestive system is vital to our survival. The food we eat is processed and absorbed through our alimentary tract. Therefore, take good care of your belly.