Eating Too Much Spicy Foods?

A lot has been said and written about the fact that spicy foods have several beneficial effects on our body. You would already know that it can do wonders for your waistline. But eating over spicy foods can worsen your stomach ulcers and gastritis.

Apart from that over spicy foods can cause diarrhea in a few patients by irritating the gut. It also decreases the sensitivity of taste buds so if you plan on enjoying your favorite spicy dishes for years to come, less is more.”

Eating spicy foods may have your gastrointestinal tract feel the heat most. It feels like your internal body is on fire, but the capsaicin compound found in chili activates the release of substance P, a compound that transmits pain and burning sensations.

Over-indulgence of spicy foods may cause the following stomach ailments that you should know of.

Acid reflux – Spices are a combination of acids and when too many of these acids are introduced to the stomach, which also has its own acidic contents, it starts damaging the walls of the stomach.

Gastric ulcer – Eating over-spicy foods can aggravate ulcers in the sensitive mucosal lining or in the small intestine, called the duodenum, or sometimes even in the esophagus making it worse.

Loss of appetite – Consuming moderate amounts of spicy food is okay; for instance, you can eat 2-3 times a week, but definitely not daily.