The first thing we must do is disambiguate the term; for many, being inflamed is to be holding liquids; for others, it means having to unbutton their pants. Inflammation is a body’s defense mechanism, a protection mechanism, and that may be present, you notice it or not. Another point that’s not considered is that inflammation is necessary because, thanks to it, the body is able to defend itself.
Let’s take an example: if a wasp stings you, the spot will immediately become inflamed, because the body is avoiding that the animal’s substance penetrates more into your body and struggles to deactivate it and protect you. That’s good, no? It’s a mechanism that nature gave us to protect ourselves.
Now, the problem lies when the inflammation occurs all the time and without control. Many people complain of inflammation in the belly, every time they eat, they become inflamed; if that’s the case, then it’s time to take action and become an investigator of your own body. Taking antacids or anti-inflammatories is an immediate option but, in the long term, it can be counterproductive, since you’re covering the symptom and not solving the problem itself.
Common reasons for which your belly inflames.
- Bad eating: portions, food quality, mixes, eating velocity.
- Chronic digestive diseases, of which there’s not always high temperature or other symptoms necessarily related to digestion.
- Lack of gastric acid production, which is mostly confused with heartburn.
What can you do to avoid it?
Even though inflammation can have many roots and each case is different, I can tell you what works for most people:
- Eat as clean as possible. This means that you only eat real food that comes from nature, without chemicals, conservatives, processes, etc. An example would be grazing meat with roasted vegetables and avocado.
- Decrease carbohydrates when you eat protein or vice versa. The mixture of these two requires more resources for digestion.
- Do not mix your food with sugar. Mixing them will increase the likelihood of fermentation and, therefore, inflammation.
- Hydrate before eating. Drinking a couple of glasses of water before eating will improve your digestive resources.
- Hot water during or after eating. It can be tea or just hot water; this helps the peristaltic movements to have a good digestion. Many of our oldest cultures do it.
If you’re a person suffering from digestive inflammation, try these recommendations and write me to know how it went.