Stomach trouble can be a real life-changer. People with Crohn’s, colitis, and irritable bowel conditions can experience extreme symptoms that impact their ability to eat freely.
Even people with food intolerance sensitivities can go through discomfort that can ruin their day.
But at least these people all have diagnosed conditions about what’s causing their stomach troubles. What about people who experience stomach issues after eating without any identifiable cause?
What happens when your stomach doesn’t feel good after eating? You know it’s not heartburn, but instead, you may feel bloated, full, or have a burning pain. Maybe you feel nauseous and even need to vomit. The discomfort may kick in during a meal or shortly after,
What you may call an “upset stomach” or “indigestion” doctors call dyspepsia. If common tests can’t identify a cause, the issue is called functional dyspepsia. The good news is that lifestyle measures may help.
It is possible to reduce the impact of functional dyspepsia by adjusting diet, exercise habits, sleep routines and stress levels. Here are some things to consider:
Certain things, like caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, and spicy, acidic, or fatty foods can trigger dyspepsia. Watch your intake of these foods.
Smaller and more frequent meals may also make a difference. Smaller amounts of food limit stomach distension and are faster to empty.
Chewing food slowly and completely may also aid digestion. Also, try and avoid activities that result in inhaling excess air, like eating quickly, chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, and smoking.
Not lying down within two hours of eating may also help.
Getting exercise to help reduce stress may help, as well as trying relaxation therapies like yoga or mindfulness. Getting enough sleep, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, and practicing good sleep hygiene may also help ease symptoms.
If you’ve got stomach issues but can’t put your finger on the cause, try some of these lifestyle techniques to get things under control.