We all love to feast on gourmet food and these 8 Easily Digestible Foods to Soothe an Upset Stomach will help you in minimising the adverse effects of binging on your favorite dish or dessert. We have compiled this information based on research available on this subject. We will briefly introduce you to what exactly upset stomach means, we will list down the common symptoms that will help you understand the situation, and we will list a few of the food items which will soothe your upset stomach.
What exactly is upset stomach? It’s that state when you have pain or discomfort in the upper part of your abdomen. It is also may be referred to as dyspepsia or indigestion. Excessive or uncontrolled eating and drinking can lead to upset stomach. In such a situation, acid formed in the stomach reacts with inner lining of our stomach causing a burning sensation or irritation. Most of the people who get upset stomach complain about burping, that pungent taste in the mouth caused by the acid (termed as acid reflux), pain in the abdomen and but obviously feeling of being bloated. Upset stomach may cause heartburn which in medical terms means that pain behind your breastbone.
Though upset stomach is not a serious medical situation, unless of course the pain is severe and persistent or you have additional symptoms. In such a case it is always prudent to consult your doctor as soon as possible. However, as you may notice, upset stomach is caused by our own habits and our lifestyle. It is caused when we rush through our meals as we look at our watches so as not to miss any activities or meetings. It is caused when you listen to your tongue which savors that extra serving of fatty food like your favorite burger or spicy hot wings with extra hot barbeque sauce. Many of us depend on coffee to get us through our day feeling alert (more appropriately fighting off the sleepiness) and excessive coffee can lead to increase in acid levels in our digestive system. Stomach acid, made of hydrochloride acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride (sodium chloride is also the same substance that we use as common salt), is the major culprit in causing an upset stomach. Eating any food that is acidic in nature or too salty can increase acid levels and cause an upset stomach.
As you can see, there are many more reasons that can cause an upset stomach. However, most of these reasons can be avoidable. As it’s famously said, “Prevention is the best cure.” There is tons of literature available on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and how to eat right.
Even then, in case you skipped that self control during eating part or you did end up having an upset stomach, luckily there are various foods that can give you relief without having to take those weird tasting medicines. These are the foods that are easily digestible and also soothe your stomach, helping you to get back to your normal life. As a word of advice, since an upset stomach is caused due to stomach acid, one should avoid acidic foods like citrus fruits, salty and fatty foods, caffeine drinks, and also anything that is heavy on our digestion systems. If you feel that your upset stomach is due to your fast paced lifestyle, put in some efforts in following a routine for eating your meals. Slow down when you eat. Dust off your workout equipment (or simply take a walk) and keep exercising your body. A healthy diet and regular exercise can keep your systems up and running. As a starting point in your journey towards a fit body you can read our article on 10 Foods to Eat before a Workout.
Having said all this, as a word of caution, we would like to mention that you should not use this article and its remedies as a substitute for seeing your doctor, however scary that may be, if you are not certain what is ailing you. This blog does give out some authoritative advice on stock markets; however this article, though full of credible information, should be relied upon with caution.
There is quite a lot of information available on these foods, right from the ancient Sanskrit texts related to Ayurveda (which means knowledge related to life) to the more recent research and work on this subject. We researched many of the authentic sources for their recommendations available throughout the internet. The foods selected have the following major characteristics:
1.Most of these are natural products and none of them are processed foods
2.They are primarily high in enzymes found in our digestive systems and thus help in strengthening our system
3.They can be consumed without the fear of side effects, as most of them are our regular and daily used staples
4.Most importantly they are easy to eat and/ or easy to cook foods. And those that need to be cooked could be prepared faster than the fast food.