Causes of Stomach Heaviness and Home Remedies for Treatment

The stomach is an essential part of the digestive system. It is where the foods are further broken down after they are chewed and swallowed. Like a sac, the stomach has a tough lining to enable it to withstand the high concentrations of acidity, which, along with enzymes, are essential in the breaking down of foods.

From the stomach, the digested foods go through its bottom part to enter the intestines, where absorption of nutrients occurs.

Stomach disorders come in different types with symptoms ranging from pain to discomfort, to indigestion and rejection of foods. They can be simple or complicated depending on their fundamental cause. One common stomach disorder is heaviness, a form of lethargic feeling that makes the individual feel slothful.

Stomach Heaviness Causes

The heaviness in the stomach indicates the presence of gas. The condition is called bloating and it can be due to several factors, which can be any of the following:

  • Aerophagia. This happens when the air that a person swallows during eating goes directly to the stomach rather than to the lungs.
  • Acid Reflux. It is a condition in which both the chest and the throat experience a burning sensation causing the food to regurgitate into the esophagus. One of its contributing factors is digestive problem.
  • Dyspepsia. Also called indigestion or upset stomach, dyspepsia is a group of symptoms including burping, bloating, and nausea; and is often caused by the acid that comes in contact with mucosa, the lining of the stomach.
  • Overeating. Another factor that contributes to the feeling of heaviness in the stomach is overeating or food bingeing.

Stomach Heaviness Symptoms

Depending on the underlying causes of stomach heaviness, the symptoms may vary. A few of them are listed below:

  • Lethargy or sluggishness
  • Uncomfortable feeling
  • Frequent burping
  • Feeling of disoriented and lack of coordination between the muscles.
  • Stomach burning
  • Throat burning
  • Heart burn
  • Gas spasms
  • Nausea
  • Sharp abdominal pain
  • Acidity in the stomach and in the throat.
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Distended stomach

Stomach Heaviness can be Cured by Home Remedies

Some of these are the following:

  • If the stomach heaviness is due to aerophagia, the individual should follow these tips:
    • Chew the food properly and slowly. Indigestion can sometimes happen because the foods are swallowed without proper chewing.
    • Avoid drinking any aerated beverages. Also, avoid using a straw.
    • Do not lie down after consuming a meal.
  • Grill some eggplants and add sodium bicarbonate. Place them directly onto the stomach and secure them with a piece of cloth.
  • Prepare two grams of fennel seeds and currants and soak them overnight in a container filled with half a liter of water. In the morning, crush the substances and add them into a glass of water. Add sugar and drink.

4 thoughts on “Causes of Stomach Heaviness and Home Remedies for Treatment

  • September 13, 2013 at 8:00 am
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    I am a 33 year old male. I am experiencing heaviness in the stomach for the last 4-5 days with sensation of vomiting. I have been drinking alcohol for the last 5-6 years. How can I get relief from this problem?

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    • September 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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      Stop drinking alcohol as the problem that you are describing appears to be due to gastritis. It is swelling in the inner lining of stomach. Eat bland food for few weeks. Drink cold milk. Avoid aerated drinks and colas. As you are drinking alcohol since many years, certain tests may be necessary to rule out liver pathology. These tests are; Urine examination, serum bilirubin, SGPT, SGOT, alkaline phosphatase, and sonography of abdomen.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm
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    I am a girl aged 28 years. I am feeling heaviness in stomach and breast. I went to my doctor, he did several tests and all are normal. Why am I having such sensation?

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    • November 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm
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      Heaviness in stomach and breast (chest) may have many causes. It may be related to hormonal changes that occur during menstrual cycle. It may also be related to muscle spasm that may have occurred after lifting heavy weight. If your doctor has diagnosed it to be normal, just observe for few days and if the trouble still persists, talk to your doctor. Meanwhile you can apply warm compresses that may help to alleviate symptoms of heaviness.

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