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Food provides energy to our body to perform day-to-day activity. 
Food provides energy to our body to perform day-to-day activity. 
Our body requires a continuous supply of calories and nutrients to function properly. So, to keep our body healthy and fit, it is important to have clean and healthy food.
 
But there are days when even after having a good nutritious and healthy meal you start feeling sick. You experience gas, bloating and abdominal pain and have no idea why it is happening to you.
 
We will tell you the 4 surprising reasons why you may feel bad after having your meal.
 
Stress
 
You might not be aware of this, but stress can really make you feel sick after your meal. Stress has a great impact on your digestive function. When you are stressed, your body enters into a flight mode.
 
This leads to an increase in your heart rate and your muscles become stiff. It further leads to gut inflammation, acid reflux, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
 
Stomach virus
 
A stomach virus is another reason why people feel sick after eating their meal. This is a common bug and is also known as stomach flu. This infects the intestine and triggers symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
 
It is a communicable disease and you can catch it by getting close to anyone already suffering from this problem or after consuming contaminated food or water.
 
Not chewing food properly
 
Gulping down the food, without chewing it properly can lead to digestive issues. The actual digestion process starts in our mouth. Our salivary glands secrete enzymes even before we take a bite of our food.
 
When we chew the food, the saliva softens it, so that it breaks down easily when it reaches our stomach. If you do not chew your food properly, your digestive system will have to work a lot for the digestion and absorption process, which can cause bloating and IBS.
 
You have food sensitivities
 
If you are feeling uncomfortable and your stomach aches after your meal, then it can also be due to food sensitivity. Food sensitivity can make you feel bloated and gassy.
 
Every time this happens, keep a log of the food you have consumed earlier. Notice if there is any pattern in it. If so, then consult your doctor as it can be due to food allergy or food sensitivity.

Dr. Deepika