We’ve all done it… You’re about to dive into a plate full of your favorite things. Maybe you’re starving. Maybe you’re in a rush. Maybe you’re feeling blue. Either way, you’re going to devour the food in front of you.
You get started. Kind of savoring the first bite, but then quickly taking in mouthful after mouthful until suddenly everything is gone. Your plate whipped clean. You find yourself wishing you had more.
But then it starts. The bloating. The gas. The abdominal pain. A familiar mix of symptoms that make you feel terrible and you have no idea why.
Obviously, what and how you’re eating play a part here.
These are the three most common reasons you don’t feel satiated or at ease in your gut:
1. You’re stressed
Whether you realize it or not, stress greatly impacts digestive function. When we feel stress or anxiety, our body goes into fight or flight mode, a natural bodily response that increases heart rate, constricts blood vessels, and tightens muscles. In this state, the gut becomes vulnerable to inflammation, permeability (leaky gut), reflux, IBS, and even food allergies. So the next time you sit down to eat, take a deep breath, relax, and be present to your meal—not multitasking at work.
2. You’re not chewing properly
Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth? Even before you take a bite, you salivary glands are activated secreting key enzymes that will break down your food. This is something we don’t really have to worry too much about though. What we do need to be mindful of is the chewing part. As our teeth tear up food, saliva softens and breaks it down to make it easy for the next stage of digestion to happen in the stomach. But if we don’t chew our food enough, the breakdown doesn’t happen thoroughly resulting in more work for the rest of the digestive tract.
The act of swallowing huge chunks of food without chewing until your food pretty much liquefies can result in gas, bloating, and stomach pain. Be sure to chew your food 20 times before swallowing.
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3. You have food sensitivities
If you are constantly experiencing pain and discomfort after eating, it’s time to do some investigating. Take note of what you eat at every meal and log it in a food diary. After a few weeks, it’s time to see if there is a pattern. Does bloating happen anytime gluten is involved? Does gas hit you hard anytime you snack on cheese? Is your afternoon coffee causing your evening diarrhea?
Whatever you discover, it’s time to give your body a break and stop eating the foods that trigger negative reactions. Another way to get to the bottom of your belly discomfort is to do a detox. Check out Parsley’s detox programs here – the 21 day program is the best for getting clear on food sensitivities, but the 7-day program can be enough to at least give your belly some relief.
Eating is supposed to be a pleasurable experience, not a painful one. If you’ve been experiencing abdominal pain, gas, bloating, brain fog, and irregular bowel movements, it’s time to consider making some essential changes. Your body will thank you.