- changes in bowel habits
- trapped gas
- abdominal pain
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- intestinal gas
- acid reflux
- occasional abdominal pain
- chronic or severe abdominal pain that makes it difficult for you to do your normal activities
- blood or pus in your stool
- severe, ongoing diarrhea that lasts for more than two days
- nighttime diarrhea that keeps you from sleeping
- unexplained fever
- allergic reaction (hives, swelling, itching, etc.)
- Filling your stomach too much can make you gassy and give you indigestion. Try reducing the amount of food you put on your plate at each meal.
- Eating five or six small meals per day may also be more comfortable for your stomach than eating three large meals.
- Eating too quickly can also give you unpleasant trapped gas and indigestion. Make sure your food is well-chewed before you swallow, since digestion starts long before the food reaches your stomach.
Foods that can irritate a sensitive stomach include:
- spicy foods
- processed foods
- oily or fried foods
It might take a little trial and error, but identifying and eliminating foods you’re sensitive to will go a long way. If you already suspect what foods might be triggers for your sensitivity, it can be helpful to find substitute foods or foods that are similar in texture or taste.
And if your stomach is especially sensitive, you might decide to eliminate all possible triggers to begin with to relieve your symptoms. If you choose to reintroduce these triggers one at a time later, you’ll be able to identify the problematic food.
If you don’t drink enough water every day, you might be chronically dehydrated without realizing it. Inadequate water intake can cause problems with digestion and elimination.
If you don’t have enough water in your body, your colon can’t pull enough water in for proper bowel movements. In other words, if you don’t drink enough, you could end up constipated.
Caffeine can be a stomach irritant. If you consume high amounts every day, lowering your caffeine intake could soothe your stomach.
You might also consider changing the time of day when you drink caffeine to see if that helps. If caffeine is the main culprit, you may want to gradually eliminate it from your diet.
Chronic stress can lead to an upset stomach. If you aren’t able to pinpoint irritating foods, it might be that stress is triggering your discomfort. Consider adding a stress-relieving practice to your routine, like meditation or yoga.
- cooked fruits and vegetables
- lean protein
- easily digestible grains
- fat-free or low-fat dairy
If you’re diagnosed with one or more food intolerances, your doctor will recommend you eliminate the food or foods in question. If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune condition like celiac disease, you’ll have to go on a gluten-free diet to manage your symptoms.
If your doctor diagnoses you with a food allergy, you may be prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector. You’ll need to strictly avoid your allergens, as even a small exposure could cause you to have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.
Even if you’ve only had small allergic reactions in the past, the next one could be severe or deadly.