Hard Stomach

A hard stomach is usually a sign of impaired digestive system. The digestive system works like an assembly line at a factory. Food ingested is pushed in at the mouth and is moved from stomach through the small intestine to the large intestine and finally excreted. In the process, the muscles churn the food into an easily absorbable consistency. Water and digestive enzymes and acids mix with the food and turn it into a form which is easily absorbed by the body.


Symptoms of Hard Stomach


If digestion is impaired, the food is incompletely digested. Food says in the stomach for a longer time, fiving time for bacteria to ferment the food. A lot of gases are released from the fermented food which accumulates in the stomach. Excretion of the gas and undigested food is sluggish. The person suffers from a sense of fullness. The stomach appears distended and hard to touch. The person may suffer shortness of breath and acute discomfort.


Causes of Hard Stomach


1. Chronic constipation also causes a hard stomach. Obstruction of the bowels may cause a hard stomach requiring surgical intervention.

2. Overeating: The stomach is geared to digest a person’s regular, normal intake of food. By overeating, food in excess of the normal quantity is ingested, putting pressure on the stomach. Digestion takes more time than usual. Gases are produced in excess of the normal quantities, which adds to the bloated feel of the stomach. The solution is to eat 5-6 small meals a day instead of eating 2-3 large meals a day.

3. Food allergens: People who are lactose intolerant should avoid dairy products as these cause gas and bloating. Certain foodstuffs like beans, cheese, nuts and starchy foods are difficult to digest and cause a hard stomach.

4. Excess fiber in diet: Fiber should be included in a diet as this facilitated cleansing of the stomach and provided roughage. Too much of fiber in the diet however causes bloating hardness in the stomach and should be avoided.


Prevention of Hard Stomach

1.     Water in excess of 2 liters is essential to keep the digestive system healthy and to flush out toxins from the body.

2.     Include plenty of fruits in your diet. Fruits like banana, papaya and prunes aid digestion and prevent a hard stomach.

3.     Black dates and raisins help cure chronic constipation which eases hard stomach.


4.     Avoid carbonated fizzy drinks as they cause gas and bloating of stomach.

5.     Control your coffee and tea intake.

6.     Avoid chewing gum as it allows air to get into the stomach.

Cure for Hard Stomach

1.    Ayurveda prescribes a course of Triphala to ease constipation

2.    Laxatives may be prescribed to induce intestinal contractions to initiate bowel movement

3.    Bulking agent like Isabgol when consumed with plenty of water can ease a hard stomach.

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