Caring for Your Stomach and Preventing Disease

27 January, 2020
Eating habits could be the cause of your stomach problems. Today's article will give you tips on how to have healthier habits.

Your stomach is located in the center of your body, where many of your vital functions originate. It processes the food that you eat and plays a role in your mood, your energy levels, and your happiness. Do you want to know more about how to care for your stomach and prevent stomach disease? Read on in today’s article.

Aside from being an aesthetic issue, having a trim belly is actually good for your health. Also, if you keep your stomach in good shape, you’ll feel better. As the saying goes, “good health starts in the stomach.”

On the other hand, if your stomach isn’t working properly, you might feel bloated, tired, moody, or get heartburn.

How can you know if your stomach isn’t functioning properly?

Anatomical image of a stomach

Some signs of problems in your digestive system include:

  • Bleeding
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Incontinence
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Weight loss or gain

All of the above signs could be direct or indirect signs of gastic issues. So, if you frequently suffer from one (or more) of these symptoms, it’s important that you see a specialist and pay attention to your habits and lifestyle.

What influences the health of your digestive system?

A person with a hand on their stomach because they are having stomach problems

Sometimes we fall into bad habits without even realizing it. Usually, bad habits are the cause of most stomach problems, including pain, swelling and bloating, gas, and constipation. Let’s look at some common habits that can be unhealthy for some people.

Eating certain dairy products

A lot of people have trouble with dairy. Whole cow’s milk often causes gastrointestinal problems.

However, hypolactasia or lactose intolerance isn’t as much of a barrier as it used to be thanks to advances in food technology. Recent reviews recommend choosing low-fat milk or lactose-free milk, which is still rich in protein.

Give this a read: Non-Dairy Foods Rich in Calcium 

Poor eating habits

A woman overeating and eating many unhealthy foods

What are some poor eating habits?

  • You don’t wait at least two hours between meals or snacks.
  • You snack all the time.
  • It’s hard for you to go much time without chewing gum or eating candy.

If this is you, your stomach never gets a chance to rest because it’s working all the time. Even more, it causes discomfort, indigestion, poor nutrient absorption, and pain.

Combining foods that shouldn’t go together

While everyone is different, there are some combinations of foods that can improve your digestion.

Some people believe that eating carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal is a bad idea. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support this claim. Instead, think about trying to identify certain combinations of foods that you eat that might be causing stomach issues.

Not drinking enough water

A bottle and glass of water

No doubt you’ve read that you need to drink at least two liters of water a day. This isn’t an arbitrary amount. If you don’t consume enough water, it causes heavier digestion and difficulty going to the bathroom (constipation).

Dr. Michael F. Picco, a gastroenterologist at the Florida Mayo Clinic, recommends drinking food with meals. Contrary to what some people believe, it won’t dilute your stomach acids. Instead, it will help break up foods so that your body can more easily absorb their nutrients.

We recommend reading: Find Out How to Improve Your Health y Drinking More Water Every Day

Overcooking your food

Sure, some foods can’t be eaten raw, but sometimes people overcook their food. This strips it of its nutrients and can actually harm your stomach.

Try to eat more raw foods (fruits and vegetables), no matter whether it’s summer or winter. Juices and smoothies can help satisfy your hunger, giving you nutrients while avoiding the perils of cooking.

Eating too much red meat

A variety of raw, red meats

If you have colitis, constipation, or diverticulosis, you should try to reduce your red meat consumption.

In general, if you’re going to eat meat, have a fresh salad on the side with lots of vegetables. Try not to eat it more than twice a week.

Tips for caring for your stomach

  • First of all, drink teas made with medicinal herbs like chamomile, anise, and mint.
  • Get more exercise to stimulate your intestines.
  • Eat more fiber from whole grain foods.
  • Avoid irritants like alcohol, coffee, and vinegar.
  • Chew slowly and enjoy each bite of food. Don’t eat in a hurry, sit down to eat, and cut your food into small pieces.
  • Avoid eating when you’re angry, nervous, or anxious.
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