Is What You’re Eating Causing You Stomach Pain?
This is a guest post by Dr. Robin Baradarian who blogs at NYGI Care.
Do you often find yourself with a bloated, uncomfortable feeling around your midsection long after you’ve had a meal or snack? It’s all too common for many, as gas pains, constipation, and diarrhea seem to spring up out of nowhere.
The first place to look is your regular routine. Don’t try to overanalyze what you have eaten recently, but focus on the trends that you seem to stick with. Write it all down and review it before taking the next steps.
Here are the things to consider:
1) Evaluate what you typically eat for breakfast. Many of us settle for bagels, egg and cheese sandwiches, and quick, filling holdovers before lunch. If you find that on a typical morning you are eating predominantly processed food, meats, cheeses, and starches make a note of it. If you also find that simultaneously you are going without grains, fruit, and fiber on most mornings also mark it down. If you skip breakfast entirely mark it down as well.
2) What do you normally eat for lunch? Do you bring your own lunch, or do you typically order out? Eating a caloric, heavily processed lunch should be regarded as a red flag if you’re feeling stomach discomfort. For people who don’t eat breakfast it can prove to be too much food for your stomach to process after such a long stretch of dormant digestion.
3) If during dinner you realize that ordering out pizza, Chinese food, etc is becoming a habit and the emphasis has been taken away from freshly prepared foods, vegetables, and grains you should flag that as a probably cause of your discomfort.
What we’re getting at with these simple breakdowns of the major meals you might consume during your day, aside from coffee, smoking, alcoholic beverages, is thinking of things that you might perceive as normal or routine, but are in actually detrimental to your health. The buildup of heavily processed foods, foods lacking fiber, and foods high in fat and cholesterol can cause your digestion and metabolism to slow down considerably, leaving deposits in the intestines that can bulge, cause pain, and only build on themselves.
So before you go for the comfort food think about what will provide you with the most abdominal comfort. You’ll be amazed to find out how good you’ll feel because of a small, nutrition-focused lifestyle change. Be in good health!
By Dr. Robin Baradarian for Healthy Lifestyle Blogzine