Fullness in the stomach could be caused by a variety of reasons such as overeating, indigestion, constipation, gastritis, acid reflux disease, and even pregnancy. A person experiencing stomach fullness persistently can suffer from loss of appetite which may result in weight loss. Here are the causes of stomach fullness explained in detail, followed by some home remedies to cure it.
One of the most commonly observed reasons behind stomach fullness is indigestion. Indigestion may be caused due to over-eating or eating wrong kind of food such as spicy or oily food. Some of the indigestion symptoms are nausea, belching, heartburn, bloating, fullness in the stomach, flatulence, and loss of appetite.
Acid Reflux Disease
If the stomach fullness symptoms are accompanied by a sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, nausea, heartburn and sour taste in mouth, it could be due to acid reflux disease or GERD. In this condition the stomach acids leak back into the throat. The main cause of acid reflux disease is malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter. Consuming acidic food at wrong timings can cause GERD too.
Gastroenteritis is caused when the stomach and intestinal lining is inflamed due to the presence of bacteria and virus. Besides stomach fullness, other symptoms of gastroenteritis are stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and blood in stools.
Infrequent stools caused due to constipation can cause stomach fullness. Due to the lack of proper elimination of wastes from the body, the person experiences, nausea, headaches, and stomach bloating.
In women, stomach fullness could be a sign of pregnancy. Other very early signs of pregnancy are breast tenderness, headaches, spotting, tiredness, and stomach cramping. Fullness in the stomach may last throughout the pregnancy in some cases too.
Maintaining a healthy diet with all the required nutrients is a prerequisite to treat any stomach problem. Also not indulging in overeating, and eating at proper timings is very essential too. Also, to prevent gastroenteritis, washing hands before eating, and cooking meals in a hygienic manner, is very necessary.
Drinking lots of fluids especially water, helps in flushing out all the waste materials from the body. Liquids help in proper functioning of the digestive system too. So, one of the most effective stomach fullness remedies is to drink at least 2-3 liters of water everyday. High fiber foods accompanied by lots of fluids help in curing constipation.
In order to treat fullness caused due to indigestion, an effective home remedy is consuming lemon juice in hot water, fifteen minutes prior to the meal.
If the stomach fullness is due to acid reflux disease, then the best natural cures for acid reflux are probiotics and apple cider vinegar. Of course, both of these should be taken only after consultation with a doctor. Probiotics are medicines prepared from natural products, containing friendly bacteria which aid in digestion, thus preventing the symptom.
This is very common during pregnancy. There is no way you can treat that, but stomach bloating can be made better by taking herbal teas such as chamomile or peppermint tea as well as applying lemon balm.
A feeling of fullness is not a symptom of some serious disease and can be easily treated at home with the above mentioned home remedies. However, if the symptom is persistent, and refuses to go away, it is recommended to consult a doctor for proper diagnoses and treatment.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.