All we eat is processed in our body through a naturally and perfectly designed system that we call digestive system.
However, what we eat has a great impact on our health and stomach functions. We need to eat a balance of everything in a diet to maintain our stomach functioning in a proper way.
An upset stomach can lead to severe other health conditions.
Why should we eat a balanced and healthy diet?
A balanced and healthy diet keeps our digestive system and stomach functions in proper track and prevents many diseases. Junk food or imbalanced diet can cause different health issues. We must not eat what is not good for our health in any way. So always encourage and support healthy eating and balanced diet. And say no to junk food.
What is a balanced diet?
A balanced diet is a mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins that our body needs on daily basis to function properly. Eating more or less can cause problems. One should not eat that much that he or she may gain extra weight because all we eat is broken down in calories to give us energy supply for doing work.
And one shouldn’t also eat that much less that it may cause any deficiency in the body.
How nutrients are processed and how they act in the stomach?
In order to maintain proper stomach functioning, you need a happy stomach always. First of all, you should know that your body is having the proper mix of nutrients.
Let has had a look on nutrients and how they can act on your stomach functioning.
Different types of sugar are summed up together to make energy bombs. Carbohydrates digest up easily and provide instant energy to the body. They are less burden on the stomach. But they provide energy faster and consume it even faster. You feel hungry early and can end up in eating improper fractions of food that is not good for your stomach to function properly. As once a food is in your stomach your stomach will start processing it even if it is one bite. Irregular eating or eating after every short while can create a burden on your stomach.
Carbohydrates have sugars like fructose, lactose, and sucrose etc.
Unlike carbohydrates, proteins don’t digest easily. They provide you with energy that stays longer and you don’t feel hungry for a time period. Proteins are a necessary nutrient for our body but eating a lot of protein can cause acidity and burden on your stomach as stomach needs time to break down proteins into amino acids.
There are two types of fats. The good ones and the bad ones. Good or healthy fats are necessary for our heart health also. Bad cholesterol can create severe health problems. Omega 3 is good fats that our body needs to consume and junk food is considered as a source of bad fats.
Eating fat that creates bad cholesterol is totally problematic for stomach functioning. Eating fats can cause acidity and inflammation in the stomach.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are essential for the body and usually act as a coprocessor for protein breakdown in stomach.
Food that is best or worst for stomach
After knowing the value of nutrients let us have a look at which food is good or bad for our stomach
Food rich in fibers
Food that is rich in fibers is heaven for the stomach. They are a good source of energy and less burden on the stomach.
Whole grains are a source of dietary fiber. They prevent stomach bloating and acidity. They make you feel full and lowers the cholesterol level in your body.
Meat and fish
Meat and fish are good sources of energy but white meat and fish is good for you and red meat are the burden on your stomach. So try eating white meat and fish more than other meat for easy digestion.
Fruits are best for your stomach. They are a good source of energy and digest easily in your stomach without creating a burden on stomach functions.
Berries in fruits may be good for your health but worst for your stomach as seeds in them are not easily digestible by the stomach.
Milk and dairy
Milk is good for your health but you need to avoid dairy products like cheese, butter etc. because they can cause problems to both stomach function and health. These dairy products are also rich in fats that are not good for your body.
On the other hand, Yogurt is another product made of milk that is extremely good for your digestion and is a blessing for the stomach as it eases stomach function and improves digestion.
Corns are good for health but stomach can’t digest corn easily. They are heavy on a belly. You just need to be careful while eating it. Chew it properly and take only necessary portions.
Tea, coffee and beverages
They are worst for your stomach. They can cause heart burn and acidity in the stomach and can start and boost stomach problems.
Chocolates are worst food for the stomach as they are not easily digestible and are not good for any reason. They can cause bowel irregularities and constipation.
Alcohols are not good for health. They can cause inflammation and heart burn. They can also cause diarrhea and cramping.
Spicy food and fried food
Both are not good for stomach and can cause problems in digestion. They can cause ulcers, irregular bowels, and heartburn.