What causes a twisted stomach ache

Upset stomach - what to do if the food is heavy in the stomach?

The triggers for such an upset stomach can be extremely diverse - in some cases several causes even occur together. The most common causes include:

•    Diet and nutrition: Corrupted, incompatible or difficult to digest foods that are high in fat or sugar can all have the same effect: the stomach is not able to prepare the food optimally for digestion - and wants to get rid of the disruptive factors as quickly as possible, for example . Careless eating, such as not chewing meals enough or eating too big bites, can also play a role. When traveling, you should pay attention to where and what you are eating. More about nutrition.

•    stress: Long-term stress and other psychological strains have a major impact on digestion. They electrify the body in such a way that the functions of digestion are restricted: the motility (mobility) of the stomach can decrease. As a result, the food is not optimally chopped up and stays in the stomach longer than normal - the typical symptoms of an upset stomach appear.

•    Inflammation of the stomach lining: If there is gastritis, i.e. inflammation of the gastric mucosa, it may be that external factors such as bacteria, stress or the use of medication have caused the stomach with its mucous membrane to no longer adequately protect itself from its digestive juice. The acid it contains can attack the lining of the stomach and stomach wall and cause symptoms of an upset stomach.

•    Irritable stomach: Not an organic disease and yet a heavy burden: In the so-called irritable stomach, the normal processes and functions in the stomach are disturbed - its movements get out of sync and can thus be the cause of many ailments. The perception of irritation and pain in the digestive tract can also increase. Why and how this happens has not yet been clarified beyond any doubt. Influences such as diet, stress, lack of sleep and hypersensitive nerves in the digestive tract seem to play an important role in the development of the recurring complaints of upset stomach.

In order to find the cause of your personal complaints, you should therefore not hesitate and consult a doctor if necessary. By describing the severity and duration of your symptoms and an in-depth examination, he can identify, for example, why the food is difficult for you to eat and give appropriate treatment recommendations.