If the dinner was pasta, red meat, ice cream, cake, we had wine and we ate bread, surely the tummy ache is because we ate a lot.
However, there are many other reasons why our stomach may ache when we finish eating, and some may be of concern. If we feel this discomfort, even having modified the diet, it may be a medical condition.
In any case, it is a pain that should not be missed.
The following are some of the main reasons why we have to touch our bellies at the end of a meal.
1. Food poisoning
It occurs when eating some contaminated food and manifests with stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of energy and eventually fever. In general it cures at home, with rest and hydration.
Although food contamination can occur at any point in the production chain, proper handling at home helps prevent it. If it is vegetables you have to wash them well and in the case of meats cook them at the right temperature.
2. Gases in the digestive tract
This phenomenon is produced by an accumulation of gas in the digestive system, which puts pressure on the stomach area and causes pain.
Although some people tend to have a greater accumulation of gases than others, there are some strategies to help avoid this discomfort. Between them:
- Expel the gas
- Go body
- Eat slowly and lightly
- Quit smoking (if applicable)
- Avoid sherbets (when using them extra air enters the body)
- Drinking non-carbonated drinks
- Avoid chewing gum
3. Consumption of irritating food or drinks
Fruit juices and processed cheeses and tomato, even with all their virtues, are the main producers of digestive acids that can cause stomach upset.
Hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, are also triggers for tummy aches. This chemical that gives Latin dishes their particular flavor so close can cause burning beyond the mouth … and reach the mouth of the stomach.
And for coffee lovers, bad news: caffeine is one of the top irritants on the list.
Drinking water or tea, decaffeinated coffee, and consuming alternative vegetables and reducing the use of hot peppers can help reduce stomach pain if these are identified as the causes.
The same acids that the stomach produces to crumble food can cause irritation, leading to stomach pain.
Of course, some foods, the usual suspects, are what force the stomach to increase acid production. Sugary drinks, fatty foods or alcohol force the increased production of acids.
Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes swollen or inflamed.
This condition can last only for a short time (acute gastritis), but it can also last for months or years (chronic gastritis).
Gastritis, which is treatable and preventable, can cause stomach pain.
6. Irritable bowel
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to pain in the abdomen and changes in the intestine.
This syndrome can occur at any age, but it often begins in adolescence or early adulthood and is twice as common in women as in men.
It is less likely to develop in older adults over the age of 50.
This condition is the most common intestinal problem that leads to people being referred to a specialist in intestines (gastroenterologist).
One of its symptoms is stomach pain.
- The ABC of the irri intestinetable
An ulcer is a crater-like injury to the skin or mucous membrane. It forms when the top layers of skin or tissue have been removed. It can occur in the mouth, stomach, and other parts of the body.
Ulcers can be caused by inflammation, blow, or infection. Some may be caused by cancer.
One of the symptoms of stomach ulcers is precisely pain in the so-called mouth of that organ.
Other medical and psychological causes
Other conditions like gastroesophageal reflux, celiac disease, or kidney stones (gallstones) can also cause stomach pain as a symptom. At home, a consultation with a specialist is warranted.
Some medications to control blood pressure can also cause an upset stomach. If you take any medication to control pressure and have persistent stomach pain, check with your GP.
Constipation, which is defined as not having enough bowel movements or having them in pain, can also cause stomach pain. A simple solution is to incorporate more fiber in the diet, to facilitate intestinal mobility.
Obesity is also a stomach upset factor. Maintaining a healthy weight helps the entire digestive process to be efficient and pain-free.
And finally, the blessed stress and nerves that plague millions can also trigger a stomachache. Remember that your mental health is part of your balance in life, so you should pay attention to these symptoms because body and mind are inevitably related.
Any alteration in your mental health can impact many aspects of your physical health, and also your stomach.