Dyspepsia, otherwise known as an upset stomach, is defined as painful, difficult, or disturbed digestion, accompanied by symptoms such as a feeling of fullness, stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, bloating, burping, and heartburn, affecting millions of people from all over the world every hour of every day.
Studies have emphasized the unmet need for medications to treat patients with dyspepsia but why not try food?
One study put Amalaki, Amla to the test. It is called an Ayurvedic drug, but it is a fruit called Indian Gooseberries.
In the therapeutic trial for patients with peptic ulcer done in the study, one teaspoon of dried Indian Gooseberry powder three times a day versus an ounce of a gel antacid every three hours, results showed that both worked well, significant decreases in peak acid output and cutting of dyspepsia scores in half.
As a result, Amla can be a better option because its cheaper and more convenient.
Granted that Amla is a simple and natural remedy, it is still considered a pharmaceutical model of treating the symptoms because it does not address its underlying cause.
But what is the cause of dyspepsia, a sickness that majority of the people worldwide experience?
One in seven people describe a range of gastrointestinal symptoms feel better when gluten is cut out off their diet, but for the rest, the most well-characterized trigger is high dietary fat intake.
In a fatty soup, just broth with added fat, it takes three times longer to empty from your stomach compared to the stock alone, like an hour and a half versus half an hour.
In the long run, frequent dyspepsia shows hypersensitivity to the stretching of the stomach when you eat, and one important factor that matters is the kind of food that you eat. With dietary fats playing a significant role in triggering dyspeptic symptoms such as nausea, bloating, pain, and fullness, it means the more fat consumed, the worse people felt.
An example of which is using yogurts high in sugar and low in fat, versus high in fat and low in sugar as test meals.
Eating the low-fat yogurt did not show much difference in nausea, pain, and bloating scores between those with dyspepsia and healthy subjects, whereas when given the same amount of high-fat yogurt, dyspepsia symptoms rose quickly.
To quote the study, one of the major findings was that the induction of gastrointestinal symptoms after the oral test meals was nutrient-specific. The consumption of a high-fat test meal was associated with a substantially greater increase in nausea and pain when compared to a high-carbohydrate meal among those with dyspepsia, with symptom scores increasing immediately after eating.
In conclusion, focus on the underlying cause and the best diet for an upset stomach is a reduction in both the amount of food eaten as well as its fat content.