Preventing Stomach Problems

by Sam Malone


The stomach is one of the most important organs in the human body. It is responsible for digesting whatever we eat and separating the important components from the indigestible ones. The stomach is connected to the oesophagus, the intestines, the kidneys and the liver. Any problem with the stomach and all these connected organs also get affected, either immediately or shortly after.

Any form of infection in the stomach can be termed as a stomach disease or a stomach problem. Any digestive problem first originates in the stomach. Stomach problems mostly begin with bloating, gas, pain, a burning sensation, and constipation.

In most cases these symptoms are minor and will disappear after some time. If the problems persist for a few more days then you need to head to your nearest specialist. Stomach problems include:

  • Heartburn: An acid reflux that rises up in the oesophagus, caused due to spicy food, overeating or even eating too late.
  • Constipation: Inadequate digestion creates this problem which can lead to symptoms like feeling full and stuffy.
  • Intestinal Gas: Methane and Hydrogen Sulphide are released during digestion as a by-product. This is normal, but it turns into a problem when it is released in excess. Not only is it embarrassing but can also prove debilitating while ingesting food, as you would constantly feel full.
  • Long term causes for stomach problems include peptic ulcers, Gastro oesophageal Reflux Disorder or GERD and even Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a particularly common gastric disorder. Suffering from this malady causes the necessary nutrients not to be absorbed in the stomach. IBS may even be a platform for major diseases to thrive and take hold. Physicians say that there are even chances of cancer developing after years of an IBS condition going untreated. IBS may be cause due to predisposed hereditary conditions, but more often than not, eating too quickly, not chewing ones food properly, stress and hygiene can also be factors.
  • Alcohol and stomach problems are also intricately related. Regular consumption of alcohol can generate similar symptoms like those of stomach disorders. Alcohol tends to act as an irritant in the stomach just like caffeine or nicotine.
  • Regular intake of medications like pain medication and anti inflammatory medication is known to cause chronic stomach troubles.

There are many different remedies for bettering your stomach health. Aloe vera is one such herb. It has properties which help clear out the toxins in the intestines and the colon. Its anti-inflammatory effects soothe the gastrointestinal (GI) tract while its vitamin content (vitamin A, B, E and minerals like zinc, magnesium and calcium) soothes the digestive system. Aloe Vera juice is available commercially but it’s Also easy to grow your own Aloe Vera. Fresh aloe Vera juice is easy to extract and you can be assured of its quality when you make it yourself.

There are some lifestyle choices that you can make which will help you keep clear of annoying stomach problems. Some of them are:

  • Eating a healthy or a balanced diet can make a big difference. Include foods that are high in insoluble fibre like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes.
  • Ensuring regular meal times and eating the meals on time also make a difference to the entire digestive process. Irregular meals aggravate the stomach even further.
  • Getting adequate rest and trying to lead a stress-free life as much as possible can make a difference to your stomach problems.
  • Some exercise is also recommended so that your metabolism does not completely slow down. Exercising or walking some is very beneficial to healing stomach problems.

Reference:

  1. http://www.ddc.musc.edu/public/symptomsDiseases/diseases/stomach.cfm
  2. https://webapps.ou.edu/alcohol/docs/12EtohGastroinstestinalTractDisorders76.pdf
  3. http://www.aloelife.com

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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