Does Spicy Food Blast Stomach Problems?

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Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012, 17:52 [IST]
 
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People simply love to include spices in their wish list for food. Well along with the flavour and aroma they add some thing else also. And it is stomach problems. Though spicy food might be the best in taste but they can simply lead to the worst stomach problems. Some raw spices and not the processed ones are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. But too much consumption of it may lead to digestive problems. That does not mean that you cannot have spicy food at all. You definitely can but only in a limited amount so that it does not cause any kind of stomach problems. Let us see how spicy food can cause health problems.

Stomach Pain- As spices are rich in acids hence too much consumption may lead to severe stomach ache. It damages walls of the stomach that is already rich in acids and thus leads to stomach problems. Especially chillies contain a chemical called capsaicin that causes pain and temporary discomfort when it comes in touch with the walls of the stomach. That is why an intake of spicy food causes digestion problems. The harmful nature of capsaicin can be understood from the fact that it is used to keep the bugs and insects away in gardens. It also leads to acidic problems and loss of appetite.

Does Spicy Food Blast Stomach Problems?

Gastric Ulcer-
Spicy foods may cause gastric ulcer in the small intestine. It is called the duodenum (duodenal ulcer). An extra amount of spices in your food may also lead to an ulcer in the esophagus. The symptoms of gastric ulcer are stomach ache, nausea and vomiting. So if you have any of these its better you consult a doctor.

The chemical in the spicy food irritate the ulcer and may cause inflammation and bleeding. Avoid spicy foods completely if you have gastric ulcer and get rid of stomach problems.

Gastritis- Gastritis is mainly caused due to stomach irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining. The stomach gets irritated with the intake of spicy foods. You should not pass out occasional bouts of gastritis as indigestion. The symptoms of gastritis are indigestion, abdominal pain, hiccups and even dark stools. Get a check up if you have any of these symptoms. Completely cut the intake of spicy foods if you have gastritis as it can worsen your stomach conditions. An excessive intake of spices may also lead to light fever and loss of appetite.

Get rid of stomach problems completely by cutting the intake of spicy food. And if it is tough for you, then do this slowly as spicy food leads to many health hazards.

Topics: wellness, stomach
Story first published:  Friday, July 20, 2012, 17:42 [IST]
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