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Feel Bad After Eating? This Might Be Why

By Sara Butler

Eating is a way to fuel your body and give it what it needs to function at its very best. Food helps your body -- all the way down to your cells -- work as it should, ultimately providing you with the energy you need to get through each day. But sometimes eating can make you feel less than stellar. If you find yourself feeling ill after eating, then there may be a few reasons why. Here's what you need to know and what you can do to make mealtime a way to fuel your body instead of a way to make you feel worse.

Stress

You may not realize it, but your stress level can have an impact on your digestive system. If you're feeling stressed or anxious, then your body automatically goes into fight or flight mode. This makes your heart rate go up, your muscles tighten, and your blood vessels constrict, all of which can have an impact on your gut.

Try to pay attention to how you're feeling when you sit down to eat. If you're feeling stressed out over something or worrying, try to center yourself and calm down. Do some deep breathing and other relaxation exercises before you start to eat. This can help you be mindful while eating and help your digestive system to do what it needs to do to get you nutrients and digest your food.

Chewing Improperly

Believe it or not, you may be feeling bad after you eat because you're simply not chewing your food up well enough. Remember that the digestive process starts in the mouth. Your saliva begins to break down food before you even swallow, but you need your teeth to tear and mash the food you eat in order to get it ready for the next stage of the digestive process in your stomach. If you don't take enough time to chew your food, then it results in more work for the rest of your digestive system. This can lead to bloating, stomach pain, and gas -- all of which can make you feel pretty crummy.

Fixing this problem is pretty easy. Simply chew each bite at least 20 times before you swallow.

If you feel sick after eating, then it's time to investigate why. Your chiropractor at The Joint is always a great resource to help you figure out the underlying causes of health problems so you can take steps to fix it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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