Gastroenterology

Heaviness in the stomach: should you pay attention?

A feeling of heaviness in the stomach at least once experienced each of us. In many cases, to the emergence of a feeling of “stone” in the stomach result of errors in diet. However, as an unbalanced diet can lead eventually to disease of the digestive system and the existing problems with the gastrointestinal tract (the gastrointestinal tract) often cause heaviness in the stomach.

The main “instigators” development of heaviness in the stomach

Pain in the epigastric region (upper abdomen) is one of the symptoms of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Often feeling “swallowed a stone” comes after eating, simultaneously, the person feels weakness and General malaise. Pay attention to your diet, quality of food eaten, the way you take it. Often weight in the stomach result:

  • Haste in eating, nematinae her chewing, dry food, fast food, constant overeating and Vice versa – the gaps in the meal, and then excessive overeating before bedtime
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • The predominance in the diet of fast carbs – flour, candy, sugar, soda
  • Foods, foods with dyes and preservatives
  • Stress, negative emotions, experiences
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract – gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, etc.

If there was pain and heaviness in the stomach – what to do?

For starters, if his stomach bothers recently and no other symptoms – problems with the bowels, bloating, flatulence, heartburn, belching, etc., adjust your diet, and phase of supply. Try to eat fractional portions 5-6 times a day instead of 3 hearty classic Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not cram before bedtime, meals should be 2-3 hours before bedtime. And, if hungry, eat an Apple, a slice of cheese or yogurt about 30 minutes before bedtime. Eat less fried, fatty, smoked, mayonnaise, ketchup.

Prefer freshly prepared meals, vegetable salads, braised or roasted meat dishes, fruits, cereals, dairy products. Also important factor is body weight, to maintain which in norm it is important to move more, to walk, to find a physical activity to their liking. An active lifestyle improves the digestive tract. If the severity and other unpleasant symptoms do not go away or bother you constantly, it is important not to postpone visit to the gastroenterologist because these symptoms may be signs of development of gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, etc.

Prevention of diseases of the digestive system

All diseases of the digestive tract are determined by a combination of neuropsychiatric, bacterial, chemical and physical factors. The main measure of prevention of gastrointestinal diseases is to follow a healthy lifestyle. Also an important factor that leads to the development of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease is an infection Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that inhabits the stomach and is able to survive in acidic and alkaline medium.

If problems with the gastrointestinal tract has already appeared, that after their removal it is important to avoid repeated relapses. Gastritis or peptic ulcer disease, like any chronic illness, tend to worsen in spring and autumn. Therefore, when problems with the gastrointestinal tract is not only important to follow the diet, but also regularly examined by a gastroenterologist, to check the level of gastric acidity, the presence or absence of an infection, inflammatory process in the mucosa of the stomach.

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