3 Mistakes we make while eating that cause indigestion, bloating and acid reflux
Most people, if not everybody, loves to eat. Who wouldn’t love eating, right? That savory taste that lingers in your mouth is all you’ll need if you have a bad day. If you’re feeling happy, you eat to celebrate. When you’re feeling down, you eat to cheer yourself up. It’s like eating is part of everything we do. It is part of our life. Meals, desserts, or light snacks, it’s just so good filling your stomach with them. Eating is all good, but what comes right after we eat?
Bloating, an upset stomach, constipation. Maybe because of these we start to question ourselves why we ate that many food in the first place. But it’s not like we are not doing it again. The next meal we will eat to our heart’s content like always and then complain about our stomach afterwards. But do you know what? It’s not normal to always feel bloated or constipated after you eat. Then why is this happening, you ask? It’s probably because you are doing certain things when you are eating. In this article, we will let you know why you are feeling bloated after a meal, and how to avoid it.
Have you ever experienced joking around with your family or friends because of your bloated stomach after a meal? Like telling them you are pregnant because your stomach got so big after eating. It’s good to joke around and all, but as we have mentioned, a bloated stomach is not really normal. So why do this thing really happen? Here some of the habits that you are probably doing when you are eating. Take note of all of these so it won’t have to experience being bloated or constipated again next time.
- Drinking lots of water during your meal. Water is very important to have a good health. It helps dissolve and break down foods so you can swallow them without problems. Water also helps when you accidentally choke on your food. However, drinking lots of water during and in the middle of your meal may proved to be not a very good idea. Doing so can lead to bloating and worse, indigestion. What you can do to prevent this from happening is to drink water before eating your food. Especially when you have a scheduled break, drink water an hour before that. You can still drink some water during your meal, but remember to only take sips of it.
- Drinking cold water while you are eating. Drinking cold water or any cold beverages during or immediately right after a meal is bad for you. Others may argue that it is actually good because it helps to burn calories faster. Although their sentiments are considered, is during a meal really the time for you to worry about you calories? Drinking cold water can shrink the blood vessels, making it hard for the food to be digest and the nutrients to be absorbed. If you drink any cold drinks during a meal, the fats that you just ate will solidify and will be difficult to digest.
The digestion process will also be slowed down because the energy that should have been for digesting is being used to keep your body temperature to normal. To avoid these kinds of situations from happening, it is better to not drink cold water during meals. If you are dining out, ask the waiter if he could serve your drink without ice. Plain, lukewarm water will be enough but remember not to drink too much of it too. Remember our number 1 reason for bloating.
- Eating foods that are rich in starch and protein together. Putting it in the most simple way, you can’t eat both starch and protein rich foods at the same time. It just won’t work because how these two are digested are completely different. First, protein can be well digested only if the acid level in the stomach is high. On the contrary, starch can only be digested if the alkaline levels are higher. Acid and alkaline can’t be at their highest if the other one is trying to be on high levels too. They are just opposites and won’t be digested at the same time.
For example, if you eat meat and potatoes at the same time then forget about absorbing nutrients from either of them. Aside from not getting any nutrients, you are most likely to experience bloating, indigestion, and other digestive problems. When you eat foods that don’t go along well with each other such as proteins and starch, expect that your digestive system will have a hard time. Meaning, get ready for an upset stomach.
The best way to avoid it is to know how to match your food properly. Know what kind of food do and don’t get along with others. Proper matching of food are much easier to absorb, which means nutrients are also being efficiently absorbed. But if it so happens that starch and protein are both in your plate, eat the starch-rich food first because it is easier to digest. Eat the protein-rich ones afterwards but eat only a small portion of it, and do slowly to give time for the digestive system to adjust.
But just because you know what foods to eat and not to eat, you’ll already resort to binge eating. Remember to only get the portion which you can finish. Don’t get too excited and fill your plate with too much that you can’t finish. And no matter how you be careful on getting indigestion and the likes, if you eat too much more than what you can then you are surely going to get it.
Foods are beat eaten when you are not worrying about anything else. It’s nice to just enjoy your meal without thinking about what if you get constipation or indigestion afterwards, or how are you going to keep your stomach fit on that dress you are wearing. Just remember all these tips and suggestions that we have discussed in this article and you won’t have any problems about it at all.