A Brief Look At The Various Causes Of A Queasy Stomach
There are many things that can cause a queasy stomach. Stress can be a cause, pregnancy can be one also, and an irregular pattern of sleep can lead to discomfort in the abdomen. Food is the most common cause of a queasy stomach. Quite often the discomfort comes after eating one bite too many of a particularly rich and flavorful food. The dictionary defines queasy as causing nausea or uneasiness, and often when our stomach feels queasy it is somewhere in between the two terms. We don't really feel sick, but we don't feel all that good either.
A Creature Of Habit
While our digestive system can handle a wide variety of foods quite well, it often appears to be a creature of habit. As long as we eat about the same foods every day, in the same amounts, and at about the same time, all is well. If we try something different, and eat too much, or too little for that matter, or skip a meal but eat something later on, our stomach sometimes lets us know it feels uneasy with what is happening, by making us feel uneasy.
It isn't always our eating habits though. Stress sometimes plays a role, as stress can cause the digestive process to get a little out of kilter. Even if we eat normally and on time, stress can cause the food to stay in the stomach longer instead of being converted into chyme, and being allowed to flow into the intestines for further processing. Quite often when we have a queasy stomach we feel as if there is a very large lump of something sitting in our stomach, which is likely the case.
Diets Can Do It
Fad diets are not always successful in helping one lose weight and keep it off. What some fad diets are very good at however is to create feelings of queasiness in the stomach and lower abdomen. When we change our eating habits for health reasons, or to lose weight over the long term, we tend to ease into a new diet. We eat some things that could cause weight gain, but eat less of them, or eat them in smaller portions. We may eat more fresh vegetables as opposed to packaged or cooked vegetables. Our stomach usually doesn't rebel, although it might send a few mild signals of queasiness at first. But try to go on a diet that supposedly will take away 10 pounds in a week, a cabbage diet for example, and see what happens. The pounds may start melting away at the expense of increasing bouts of discomfort and nausea.
Queasy stomachs are often part and parcel of being pregnant, and are generally referred to as morning sickness. Bouts of morning sickness are not considered to be an abnormal condition. Fortunately, they tend to become less and less frequent as pregnancy progresses. Dietary changes can help, as can medication in extreme cases, but most women simply put up with morning sickness, knowing it is not serious, and is only temporary.
Symptomatic Of A Serious Condition
While most instances of experiencing a queasy stomach are not a cause for concern, there are times when the sick feeling, or feeling of discomfort, can be symptomatic of something serious. The queasiness may be due to an underlying disorder, which means the disorder may need to be treated before the stomach problem will go away. An acid stomach for instance can be due to acid reflux disease, a treatable condition. An acid stomach can cause pain in some instances, heartburn in other instances, or cause a queasy feeling. Or, an acid stomach can cause all three symptoms to be felt at the same time.
An upset stomach or a general feeling of distress can sometimes be a symptom of something quite serious. The problem may be an abnormally functioning pancreas, a kidney problem, a problem in the biliary system, or even cancer. Usually, when something more serious is involved, the feelings of queasiness will tend to be fairly frequent and may become more pronounced over time.
Good And Bad Foods
Assuming the queasy stomach is not symptomatic of a serious or life-threatening condition, permanent relief can often be attained through dietary change. A dietary change does not necessarily need to be permanent. For example, eating bland foods will often help, but one does not want to be permanently stuck with a diet consisting only of bland foods. Besides being uninteresting, bland foods are not always terribly nutritious. Some, such as bananas and apple juice, are quite nutritious however. Peppermint and ginger will usually soothe the stomach, whether taken as a candy, in a tea, or as a glass of ginger ale. Ginger ale is one of the quickest acting remedies for an upset stomach, as long as it isn't ice cold. Chicken soup is also a good choice. We all know that chicken soup can cure almost anything, though we don't always know why that is. There are a few foods that should be avoided. Heavy foods, such as ice cream don't make the stomach feel any better, and spicy foods don't either. Taking a few minutes to breathe deeply and relax is often the best remedy of all.
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