Avoiding Tummy Troubles Simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent tummy troubles. In the western world we are constantly being enticed to eat and drink, sometimes in significant quantities, at all hours of the day and night. In addition, busy lifestyles can lead to rushed eating, stress and feeling the need to smoke cigarettes. Binge drinking at the weekend has become very common. Life on the move can be our downfall with rushed and erratic eating patterns and the temptation to each take-aways in the evening, replacing more sensible eating habits. Regular, balanced and nutritious meals with small portions are healthier and kinder to our digestive systems. Eating large meals in the late evening can lead to problems. Drinking plenty of water each day is important for good health. In overweight people, stomach fat can exert pressure on the system and cause heartburn. Losing weight can help digestive problems, as well as leading to a more healthy lifestyle and avoiding illness. Binge drinking increases acid production in the stomach, which can lead to a range of digestive disorders. Smoking has many detrimental effects on the body and among them is the weakening of the muscle that controls the oesophagus. This can lead to acid reflux and heartburn. Stress often affects the stomach causing a feeling of unease and upsetting the balance in our digestive systems. You can lose your appetite. It can slow digestion and cause constipation and bloating. On the other hand, the digestive system may go into overdrive causing diarrhoea. It’s best that eating be avoided if you feel stress.