Maybe it’s a low level ache.
Maybe it’s cramping.
Maybe it’s nausea before or after you eat.
You’re even trying to make smarter choices with your diet and health.
Trying to find ways to eat less.
Even swapping out added sugars.
But the bottom line is… it seems like your stomach always hurts.
It could be that some of the very choices you’re making to improve your health are the shocking reasons why your stomach always hurts.
What am I talking about? How about –
1. Medications. Let’s start with one that isn’t about diet, but is about your health. Have you and your doctor been concerned about bone density recently? Because if you’re taking certain prescription medications that help keep bones healthy and strong, you could also be causing your stomach to hurt.
Stomach pain is also a common side effect of NSAIDs – aspirin, Aleve, Advil, many of the most common drugstore pain killers. So if you’re taking those regularly for pain, you might want to consider other alternatives.
It’s a good rule to check the side effects of any medication, but especially if your stomach pain has started shortly after beginning to take a new drug.
2. Healthy foods that aren’t so healthy. Usually citrus fruits, tomatoes, tomato products, and your evening glass of wine are considered to be really good for you. The restrictions on saturated fats have even been relaxed. But if your stomach always hurts, you may be overdoing it on these healthy foods.
See, citrus, tomatoes, wine, and saturated fats can trigger heart burn in some people. These foods can make the acid in your stomach rise into your lower esophagus, creating that burning sensation and nausea. Under normal circumstances, these would be good dietary choices – but not if you’re one of the people triggered by them.
3. You’re intolerant. I’m not talking about political leanings here – I’m talking about two categories of “healthy” foods that might be making your stomach hurt all the time. It would be reasonable for you to load up on fruit and dairy in an attempt to make your diet healthier. After all, fruit is an excellent source of fiber and the perfect way to feed your sweet tooth without processed sugar. And dairy is good for your bones, and an excellent source of protein.
But if your body is intolerant to fruit or dairy, these healthy choices aren’t healthy for you. To know for certain, limit your intake of fruit and dairy products and see if that helps stop your stomach pains.
4. You’re irritable. Or at least your bowel is. And it may be being irritated by one of the healthiest foods you can eat – nuts. Fiber, protein, omega-3s – nuts are supposed to be great for you. In some people, though, they can contributed to irritated, uncomfortable bowels.
One of the difficulties of an irritated bowel is that it can be caused by too little fiber – or by increasing your fiber intake too quickly. If you think you need to add more fiber to your diet, do so gradually. Your body will have time to adjust to the additional fiber and it won’t make your symptoms worse.
5. Cutting back on sugar the wrong way. Chewing gum has been recommended as a way to eat less and lose weight. But if you’re constantly chewing on sugar-free gum, you could be causing stomach discomfort.
The sorbital in some sugar-free gums can cause digestive distress when ingested in large quantities. So pay attention to how often you pop a stick of gum instead of eat a snack. You may not be making such a healthy choice after all.
6. You’re getting the wrong kind of fiber. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both are important to a healthy digestive system and to keep your stomach from always hurting. But insoluble fiber can sometimes cause digestive and intestinal discomfort. In other words, it can make your stomach hurt.
It seems like a paradox – you need fiber, because too little fiber can cause stomach problems. But fruit and nuts can also cause stomach problems. As can insoluble fiber. So what are you supposed to do?
Try BenVia Gold chia seed. It’s gentle on your stomach and digestive system, yet provides the fiber you need to stay healthy. And it’s easy to introduce into your diet gradually because it only takes a few sprinkles a day to reap all the health benefits of BenVia Gold!
You are making good, healthy choices. It’s just that some healthy choices don’t work for you. So if your stomach always hurts, take a closer look at some of those choices and make this healthy choice instead - try BenVia Gold chia.