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Poor digestion: how to counteract the sense of heaviness

Cattiva digestione: come contrastare il senso di pesantezza

Indigestion: how to counteract the sense of heaviness

Among the most common problems of poor digestion there is, without a shadow of a doubt, the sense of heaviness, an unpleasant occasional disturbance that does not derive from specific pathologies or health problems, but which is exclusively due to the exaggerated intake of dishes that are difficult for the body to assimilate.
This problem is, in most cases, generated by the difficulty of the gastric mucosa to secrete in a short time a quantity of gastric juices exceeding its potential and by the timely action of the liver aimed at favoring the performance of the digestive activity through the production of specific enzymes.

Although the context described above represents the most common cause of poor digestion, it often happens that the aforementioned disorder manifests itself in more frequent ways. Specifically, digestive difficulties can also be caused by the following disorders: :

  • functional dyspepsia
  • irritability of the intestinal tract
  • dysfunctions of liver and pancreas functions
  • pathologies such as gastritis, ulcer, hiatus hernia.

Useful tips and mistakes to avoid to counteract heaviness in the stomach

In the event that poor digestion occurs sporadically and only after excessively substantial meals, doctors and professionals recommend acquiring certain habits capable of preventing the appearance of stomach heaviness, abdominal swelling and the symptoms that poor digestion can cause.
In fact, it is known that sitting at the table in a relaxed attitude and avoiding consuming the meal in an excessive hurry represents a real panacea for intestinal health. A no less important aspect concerns the digestibility of foods. We must not forget how the sense of heaviness is often due to the intake of high-calorie and heavy foods. Consequently, consuming healthy and easily digestible foods, such as fruit, vegetables, cereals, fish and white meats can prove to be really useful for preventing intestinal disorders.
Furthermore, great attention must be paid not only to what you eat, but also to how you consume it. It is therefore necessary to chew slowly and limit the intake of excessively cold drinks as much as possible.
Acidity and heartburn can also be caused by one of the most common habits among us Italians: drink coffee or alcohol after a meal. A last, but no less important piece of advice concerns the activities after the meal itself. Erroneously, after eating, many tend to take a short nap or, at least, to relax by lying down in bed or on the sofa. Experts declare how this bad habit can often generate malfunctions in the digestive system and cause the far from welcome sense of heaviness.
The best way to avoid the aforementioned scenario is to take a short walk, fifteen minutes maximum, which will not only provide digestive support, but will also guarantee further benefits, such as a significant reduction in stress, contrast to bloating and constipation and increase of energies..

Poor digestion: what to do if the sense of heaviness is a persistent disorder

The advice just provided is to avoid the manifestation of heaviness caused by poor digestion. What to do, however, in the event that this is due to pathologies that are very different from the intake of excessively seasoned food? If you are subject to frequent digestive disorders, it can be very useful to resort to the use of food supplements.
Products based on ginger, aloe vera, emblica officinalis, griffonia seeds and hyaluronic acid can help counteract the sense of heaviness due to bad digestion. Furthermore, they contribute to optimal control of gastric acidity and have a soothing effect on the digestive system.
In particular, ginger has eupeptic properties, i.e. it counteracts dyspeptic disorders and poor digestion, with a tonic and invigorating action for the stomach. In addition to stimulating digestive enzymes, which are partly responsible for the transit time of food through the gastro-intestinal system, preventing the formation of intestinal gas and stomach pains from bad digestion.

Aloe vera is also very useful, as the enzymes contained within it can promote the breakdown of sugars and fats, helping the food digestion process. Its soothing properties protect the gastric mucosa reducing irritation.

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