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Is your stomach feeling heavy? Here's why

Published On 2 Dec 2021
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Dinesh
Written by
Dinesh

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Ever felt like skipping a meal because your stomach feels too full? There are times when you might feel this way even if you haven’t eaten a heavy meal or when your stomach is relatively empty. This constant feeling of fullness is called heaviness in the stomach. If your stomach feels heavy all the time, you must investigate why. Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons for stomach heaviness.

Symptoms

Stomach heaviness can commence right after finishing a meal and can last through the day. It might be accompanied by sleepiness and lethargy. One may also experience heavy stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, changes in bowel movement and gas.

 

Causes

A lot of factors can lead to heaviness in your stomach.

Food habits:  Overeating, eating hastily and eating when stressed can make your stomach feel tight or uncomfortably  heavy. Certain types of foods like those that are high in fibre, high-sugar and fatty foods and carbonated drinks can also cause heaviness in your stomach.

Indigestion: The inability to effectively digest food, known as indigestion, can lead to a feeling of heaviness in the stomach. Its causes include bad eating habits, spicy foods, alcohol and health complications like intestinal blockages or gallstones.

Constipation: If you’re passing less than 3 bowel movements a week or experiencing pain while doing so, you could be constipated. A heavy feeling in the lower abdomen is a symptom of constipation. You might also feel bloated and nauseous. If you’re suffering from constipation, you could try these home remedies.

Stomach ulcers: When the lining of the stomach gets damaged, painful sores called ulcers develop on it. Stomach ulcers can cause you to feel bloated and full all the time.

Diagnosis & treatment

The treatment options for stomach heaviness depend on the cause of it. Your treating doctor will examine your food habits, lifestyle and any other underlying conditions and suggest changes or medications that you may require. The latter could include antacids and anti-flatulence medications. You could also be asked to undergo tests like an endoscopy, colonoscopy, sonography or a CT scan of your stomach.

Home remedies

Certain home remedies could provide relief from stomach heaviness. These include:

Baking soda: Baking soda is a natural antacid. It helps treat heartburn and bloating by neutralizing stomach acid. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly.

Chamomile tea: Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties help soothe several stomach conditions like gas, bloating, indigestion and diarrhoea.

Peppermint: Peppermint has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief for digestive issues like gas, bloating and indigestion. (2)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): The acids in our stomach aid in the digestive process. But an unhealthy lifestyle or poor diet can cause the acid levels in our stomach to drop. Apple cider vinegar supplements stomach acid and boosts digestion. Setu Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies contain pure, unfiltered ACV. These supplements balance your stomach pH and improve your gut health.

If you feel full too often, you must start by rethinking your diet. Eat fibre-rich foods and foods that beat bloating. Undergo regular detoxes to cleanse your system and gut. Make sure you get an adequate amount of exercise, at least 30 minutes of light exercise per day. If you still have issues with stomach heaviness, it is best to see your doctor to trace the possibility that you have other underlying health conditions.

FAQs

1) When should I see a doctor for stomach heaviness?

Seek urgent medical attention if you’re experiencing symptoms like weight loss, shortness of breath, blood in your vomit, black stools, trouble swallowing food and fatigue.

2) What foods must be avoided to get rid of stomach heaviness? 

Fatty and greasy foods, spicy foods, caffeine, chocolate and  carbonated beverages can cause heaviness in the stomach. Additionally avoid leaving long gaps between meals, eating in haste and overeating.

3) Can medications cause my stomach to feel heavy? 

Certain antibiotics, pain relievers and iron supplements can cause your stomach to feel heavy. Do not start self-medicating without taking the advice of your doctor. If the medications prescribed by your doctor are making you feel full or bloated, bring this to your doctor’s attention. (4)

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

https://badgut.org/information-centre/a-z-digestive-topics/peppermint-and-ibs-pain-relief/

https://cdhf.ca/health-lifestyle/apple-cider-vinegar-for-digestion-whats-the-deal/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5369702/

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