Effect of Spicy Food on Digestion

Studies show that spicy food has a detrimental effect on digestion. Spicy foods are bad for health in many ways. It is fine if you take spicy food once in fortnight, but constant eating zesty food can give serious problems in your gastrointestinal tract. This article discusses how spicy food can harm you.

Spicy food can give you gastritis:

Gastritis is an inflammation in the stomach lining. Stomach is a muscular organ and anatomy of stomach shows that the stomach have fine linings. Food that you take in is in direct contact with these linings. Spicy food jolts the linings. This triggers infections in the linings. Stomach produces more acids. Chronic intake of spicy foods can produce ulcers as the stomach acids act on its own linings. It creates immense burning sensation in the stomach.

Spicy food can cause acid reflux:

The burping experience that one has after taking full meals of spicy food can explain this phenomenon. Spicy food can increase the acid secretion in the stomach. This acid is refluxed into esophagus causing burning sensation in chest, often called heart burn. Acid reflux can have further complications like bad breath and teeth erosion.

Spicy food can damage taste buds in the mouth:

Have you ever experienced your tongue after having red hot food?! Just observe your taste buds. They look pitiable. These buds can get damaged in due course of time for their chronic abuse. There will a time when the sensation of spice is lost and you cannot differentiate normal food from a spicy one. Thus, spicy food is a bad friend to taste buds.

Spicy food can cause insomnia,

which effects digestion process: Spicy food can cause insomnia. This is because spicy food raises body temperature. If you take hot spicy before going to bed, then you experience heat in your brain and you just cannot sleep. The sleep cycles in the brain gets disturbed and you may have intermittent sleep.

The above discussion concludes that

spicy food should be avoided

for good, if not taken within limits.

4 responses to Effect of Spicy Food on Digestion

  1. That’s not a discussion!

  2. So much wrong here. First, almost all stomach ulcers are caused either by infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or by use of pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, the so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Likewise, tastebuds are not damaged by spicy food. They “report” the sensation of heat (capsaicin, the molecule responsible for spicy heat, triggers the portion of the nerve that tells you food is hot, in the same way that minty flavours make you feel your mouth is cool), but the ‘report’ is false and only lasts until the capsaicin is no longer present at the receptor. No one tells you to stop eating mint because its cooling sensation will damage your tastebuds or insides.

    This article’s “facts” can be safely dismissed as outdated wives’ tales.

  3. what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  4. this article is a load of misinformation and should really be removed.