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5 Foods That Trigger Stomach Problems, and How To Feel Better

July 21, 2023

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning picnics, barbeques, and the perfect dish to serve at an outdoor dinner party. Fresh watermelon and burgers off the grill are summer staples that anyone can get behind, but what about when a food hangover sets in and that stomach starts to rumble?

There are definitely certain foods that taste amazing but can leave us feeling bloated, cramped, and just plain sick. Thankfully, there are tons of ways to remedy an upset stomach, still enjoy foods that may trigger stomach problems, and have a fun, food-filled summer. Boiron offers healthy, plant-powered homeopathic medicines that will help you feel great and beat the bloat all summer long.

Here are some foods to be on the lookout for and what to do if you end up feeling not-so-great after eating.

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1. Onions

Any classic grilled burger or fresh summer salad is sure to contain some type of onion whether red or white or yellow. Onions add great flavor and crunch to any meal. However, onions also contain high levels of fructose, which the intestine has to break down during digestion. This breakdown process causes gas to form which can lead to bloating and flatulence.

2. Beans

Beans — whether baked or thrown into a taco bowl — add a huge punch of fiber to a meal. And while fiber intake is necessary for a well-balanced diet, there can be some side effects to having too much. Beans have high fiber content and contain oligosaccharides, which are sugars that the body can find difficult to break down thus resulting in stomach problems.

3. Chili Peppers

Adding a little spice to a meal is a surefire way to add flavor and kick to an otherwise bland dish. However, chili peppers or other spicy foods can be highly acidic. When we intake a lot of acid, the stomach lining can get irritated, resulting in an upset stomach.

4. Citrus

Who doesn’t love freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning or a slice of lemon with their water? Summertime is the best time to indulge in some of the finest fruits there are. While there is nothing more refreshing, citrus fruits, like oranges and lemons, can also cause stomach issues such as acid reflux.

5. Dairy products

A meat and cheese plate or yogurt parfait can hit the spot on a hot summer day, but dairy also has a funny way of causing digestional issues. Milk and milk by-products are some of the most notorious ingredients in gas-producing foods. Eating dairy can sometimes cause stomach issues like gas, bloating, or diarrhea.

How to feel better after triggering stomach problems

If you’ve found yourself with stomach problems after eating a food that may trigger bloating, indigestion, or gas, there are a few ways to feel better. First, drink some water. “Dehydration leads to constipation, which leads to bloating. And while it may seem counterintuitive to drink more water when your body gets the hydration it finally needs, it lets go of the liquid it doesn’t,” Northwestern Medicine advises.

Taking Boiron’s Acidil and Gasalia before or after a meal (whenever symptoms strike) can also help people enjoy their favorite foods and meals in comfort without worrying about feeling upset later.

Plant-powered Gasalia Meltaway Tablets dissolve in the mouth without water so you can discreetly address gas and bloating symptoms at any backyard barbeque gathering. Gasalia relieves bloating, gas, pressure, and discomfort.* Take the tablets before or after you eat to help ease effects from those stomach irritants.


For those suffering from heartburn, Boiron’s Acidil can help stop that aching, burning feeling in your stomach. It’s also powered by plants and works on multiple indigestion symptoms including heartburn and upset stomach.*

Looking for even more healthy tips and eats for your tummy? This Recipe Road Trip Cookbook is the perfect guide for your tastebuds, with regional favorite recipes and travel essentials to keep your belly happy and healthy!

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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