Curing indigestion with carbs

Foods high in carbohydrates.

After overdoing it at training on Thursday night, I was taking it really easy on Friday. I slept well and breakfast went down fine, but I had quite bad indigestion after lunch and throughout the afternoon.

Indigestion is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the stomach and under the ribs. The main symptom is heartburn but can also include feeling sick, uncomfortably full or bloated, and belching/passing wind. Unfortunately, I was experiencing all of the above! Usually indigestion is caused by either an over abundance of stomach acid, or the stomach acid moving up into the oesophagus. Remember, stomach acid is used to digest food rich in protein, like meat. As the stomach is made of muscle, it is made of proteins. Normally the stomach is protected by a layer of mucous, but if too much acid is produced it can irritate the stomach.

The recommended remedy is usually antacids, however, what you eat can also help with indigestion. Some people find caffeine, alcohol, and spicy or fatty foods make their indigestion worse, while the classic home remedy is a glass of milk.  I’ve found that bland starchy carbohydrates also make me feel better as  the carbohydrates help to absorb the excess acid. In my case, I discovered this after a couple of short experiments with high fat, low carbohydrate diets. Apparently I have a naturally quite acidic stomach and I found the high fat, high protein diet gave me serious indigestion. I also gave up dairy at the same time, so there really was nothing to neutralise the acid while the higher protein intake encouraged my body to make more.

So, after sipping a glass of apple juice to test whether I was really going to be sick or not, I then spend the rest of Friday afternoon and evening snacking on a variety of carbohydrates. Special mention and a big thank you goes to my husband who made the perfect savoury risotto for my dinner. Settled my stomach and was delicious as usual!

The Score for 24 March:

Calories: Protein: Carbs: Sugars: Fat: Sat Fat: Fibre:  
2013 106.79g 278.19g 80.13g 52.35g 12.04g 25.35g
21% 55% 23%
Calories burned through exercise: 0

What I ate:

Time Item Amount Calories Protein Carbs Sugars Fibre Fat Sat Fat Alcohol
07:30 Centrum Multivitamin,  Vitamin E 400IU, Vitamin D 25 µg
Tap water 250mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Soft boiled eggs, 2 large 115g 150 14.49 0.00 0.00 0.00 10.35 2.88 0.00
Free From pure oats 50g 171 6.40 30.30 0.60 4.30 2.70 0.50 0.00
made with boiling water 250mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Tesco mixed frozen fruits 100g 40 0.90 7.90 7.90 2.00 0.20 0.00 0.00
Ground flaxseeds 10g 45 2.21 0.30 0.18 2.37 4.00 0.45 0.00
Black tea 450mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
12:00 King Prawn stir fry with carrots, broccoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, ginger and sweet chilli sauce 285g 157 20.91 21.25 11.36 3.32 1.01 0.44 0.00
Wai Wai brown rice vermicelli 50g 186 3.40 42.10 0.00 0.95 0.40 0.15 0.00
Yoomoo frozen yoghurt ice lolly, mixed berry 1 lolly 74 1.60 14.70 10.70 0.30 0.80 0.50 0.00
Yakult light milk drink 65mL 27 0.80 8.80 2.90 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Green tea 250mL 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
14:30 Tesco pressed apple juice 200mL 98 0.60 22.40 22.40 1.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
16:00 Tesco Twists cheese and onion 80g 322 7.92 55.44 2.64 4.48 6.64 1.04 0.00
17:00 Nectarine 86g 39 1.22 7.83 7.83 1.04 0.09 0.00 0.00
Nairns gluten free wholegrain crackers 28g 128 2.97 16.49 0.50 2.13 4.70 1.85 0.00
with SunPat crunchy peanut butter 31g 183 7.40 4.40 2.00 2.20 14.60 2.80 0.00
and Honey 9g 29 0.00 7.34 7.27 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
20:00 Homemade chicken and mushroom risotto 327g 352 35.00 38.95 3.85 1.70 5.96 0.85 0.00
Tesco Parmigiano Reggiano 3g 12 0.97 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.89 0.59 0.00

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