Stomach Problems Nutrition: what to eat for your stomach problem

August 14, 2009

Health & Motivation

In our modern times stomach problems, especially digestive problems are increasingly more frequent. The daily stress, an imbalanced diet, smoking, caffeine and all the other noxious substances increased the occurrence of ulcer, gastritis, constipation … to be common problems related to your nutrition.

Often the alleviation of stomach related problems are linked to your lifestyle. If you want to get rid of them you have to change your eating habits and get a more balanced diet.

If you suffer from stomach problems you must have a healthy nutrition. As healthy and light as possible. You have to avoid eating foods that increase or favor the spread of the digestive problem. You also have to take into consideration the way the food was cooked. Different styles of cooking can make a food good or bad for people suffering from digestive problems.

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People who have a stomach problem have to obey some simple eating rules to stay on the safe side:
-you have to have a meal schedule that you respect as much as possible.
-you shouldn’t eat that frequently but you should eat 4-5 times per day.
-you have to know the right way to cook the food. Find out the right temperature and how to best cook every food ingredient you use.
-you should create a peaceful atmosphere at the table. Avoid arguing or a tense mood while eating your food. Don’t watch edge of the sit television programs or movies. You should have a centered peaceful table time.
-take your time while eating. Don’t gobble down the food very fast. Chew your food to make the job of your digestive system much more easier. The digestive process starts in your mouth.

Here are some food you should avoid eating if you have a stomach problem:
-as a general rule avoid any food that you notice irritates your stomach.
-spices: pepper, hot peppers, mustard, hot ketchup…
-foods rich in cellulose like radishes, beans, peas, dried onion, garlic, fruits with peel and lots of seeds, whole grain bread should not be eaten
-meat form old animals that wasn’t cooked enough and rich in cartilages and tendons should not be eaten.
-foods that contain too much salt of sugar.
-if you can stop smoking or smoke as little as you can.
-alcoholic beverages, especially hard liquor should not be consumed because they affect the surface of your stomach.

When deciding to eat something you should take into consideration how long the foods will stay in your stomach. The functioning of your stomach is influenced by how long food stays in it. Here are some tips to help you establish how long a food will remain in your stomach:
-liquids and semi-liquid foods leave your stomach the fastest.
-foods containing cellulose are very harder to digest.
-fats prolong the stay of foods in your stomach.
-sugar prevents the gastric evacuation. This goes double if you eat sugar after eating a meal. So don’t eat a sugary dessert. The same rule applies to foods rich in starch like potatoes and white flour products.
-the more the foods you eat have a temperature more close to that of your body the more faster your stomach will get emptied. That is why too hot or too cold foods are not recommended if you suffer form a stomach problem.

Not all foods stimulate the gastric secretion in the same manner. There are foods that stimulate very powerfully your gastric secretion like:
-alcohol, coffee, sparkling water.
-mustard, pepper, horseradish, hot peppers, cinnamon…(hot spices generally)
-fried foods, hard eggs, fired meat, whole grain food, fresh bread, fatty foods.

The foods that don’t really stimulate the gastric secretion are:
-water, tea, milk, sour cream
-soft egg yolk, 1 day old white bread, boiled meat, sweet fruits, vegetables with butter, vegetable soups, whip cream…

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