(Health Secrets) Feeling sick after eating isn’t normal but if you experience it, you’re not alone. Millions of people wonder why they feel nauseous, bloated, and gassy after a meal. You only have to look at the digestive health aisle in any pharmacy or supermarket to realize that.
Why You Feel Sick After Eating
- Gluten Intolerance
It is estimated that 1 out of every 100 people is gluten intolerant. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some oats. If you’re intolerant to gluten, each time you eat anything containing it, your immune system attacks your lower intestine causing chronic inflammation and malnutrition. Symptoms include nausea, stomach cramping, bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, brain fog, headaches, sinus problems, and behavioral disturbances. These symptoms are especially noticeable within 8-16 hours after a meal containing gluten.
- Lactose Intolerance
If you’re lactose intolerant, your body is unable to digest the sugar in milk. This can lead to nausea, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Unlike gluten intolerance, symptoms of lactose intolerance often appear immediately or within an hour of ingesting a meal containing lactose.
If you have pain in the mid or right portion of your upper abdomen that worsens after eating too much or eating greasy foods, you may have gallstones. Gallstones are stones that form within the bile of the gallbladder. Other symptoms of gallstones include chronic belching and flatulence.
- Eating Unhealthy Food
If your diet consists primarily of junk food, it could be why you feel sick after eating. Fast food, microwavable meals, canned food, soft drinks, and processed snack cakes are filled with so many chemicals, they shouldn’t even be called food. The grease, synthetic sugar, additives, trans fats, and refined flours wreck havoc with your digestive system and easily make you feel nauseous after eating.
- Eating Too Fast
If you wait to eat too long in between meals, you’ll feel famished when you finally sit down. This can cause you to eat too fast. If you find yourself practically swallow your food whole at every meal, it’s likely why you feel sick after eating.
How to Treat Nausea After Eating
- Keep a Food Diary
Keeping a food diary can help you pin down what foods are making you feel sick. This is a great way to connect your symptoms with what you’re eating. If you keep track of everything you eat, it will take only a few weeks to figure out what’s causing your symptoms.
- Try an Elimination Diet
An elimination diet is one of the most accurate ways to detect the presence of food intolerance. To do an elimination diet properly, you must eliminate all sources of the suspected food for 6-8 weeks. If you’ve kept a food journal and suspect you may be gluten intolerant, for example, remove all traces of gluten from your diet. After the 6-8 week period is over, load up on gluten-based foods to test for a reaction. If you’re intolerant to this protein, you’ll know. The same goes for any food you’re trying to eliminate as the cause of your symptoms.
- Eat Smaller Meals
If you eat too much food in one sitting, it could be the cause of your symptoms. Instead of 3 large meals a day, try eating 5 smaller meals. It will give your stomach a chance to digest food more easily.
- Slow Down When You Eat
Eating too fast is bound to give you indigestion. Eat more protein-rich foods with your meals to keep your blood sugar stable. This will help you slow down when you eat because you won’t feel like you’re starving. Taking the time to smell, taste, and chew your food improves digestion and helps your brain register when you’ve had enough to eat.
- Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. Sipping a cup before or during a meal can help ease nausea, bloating, and indigestion.
You shouldn’t feel sick after eating. But if you do, these tips can help. If your symptoms don’t improve after you’ve made these changes, consult with a doctor for a second opinion. Gallstones, for example, can become serious enough to require surgery.