A reader recently sent in a very important question where he has basically complained about having digestive disorders for the last three months, he says,” I have been suffering from a burning sensation in my esophagus and abdominal pains, what can cause this and what should I do about it? “.
Well there are many things that one can do to get rid of these discomforts and irregularities. First off you should know that the first thing that you should look at is if you’re actually swallowing air when you’re eating. This can easily happen if you are prone to eating with your mouth open. Also the amount of oil or butter that you are using in your meals can cause this result as the grease will rise to the top of your esophagus and wait there until whatever foods you have consumed can go down and settle in your stomach for processing. This situation will cause you to have that burning sensation in your throat that is associated with heartburn or acid reflux disease. Spicy foods are also to blame for this discomfort and overeating can also be added to this list as an overabundance of digesting food will cause some to come back up and leave traces of the oils and digestive enzymes in your throat which will also cause a burning sensation to your throat.
The time of day that you eat will also have an influence as to how you feel afterwards as eating a delicious amount of foods like pizza, burgers and fries and other greasy foods right before bedtime will have a harder time settling into your stomach from lack of movement on your part and this is where the most discomfort will come as you will be woken up during the course of the night due to this, so as a rule of thumb try not to eat after 8 pm, if you can help it. But if you must due to your work schedule try eating salads and meats low in fat.
One should pay particular attention as to what one eats before going to bed especially with today’s hectic work schedules and demanding bosses who want everything yesterday as this stress in and of itself will also cause indigestion and contribute to your digestive disorders.
Now, as to what one can do about these discomforts, well to start off with one should have a well balanced meal with lots of fiber rich foods ranging from fresh fruits like papaya and pineapples to vegetables like tomatoes and broccoli and whole grain items. Also remember to drink plenty of water to help in flushing your system and keeping your organs good and hydrated.
All these are awesomely great sources of important and beneficial digestive enzymes. Also try to limit your intake of soybeans, peanuts and lentils which can cause enzymes to be inhibited. Also ask your doctor about using, lactobacillus, acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis BB12 to your diet as a shortage of these friendly bacteria has been associated with indigestion and they also aid in breaking down foods so that they can easily be absorbed by your body.
Fermented foods like yoghurt, aged cheese, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, chocolate and tea are also good for you as the bacteria present in these have already done part of the breaking down for your stomach.
So hopefully after reading these simple suggestion one should have no more instances or periods of discomfort in ones digestion and be able to actually enjoy a good night’s sleep and have better quality of life.