Upset Stomach After a Huge Meal: Causes and Remedies


I ate too much and my stomach really hurts…

We’ve all experienced it: the feeling of discomfort, bloating, and fullness that follows a large meal. Whether it’s Christmas dinner or a night out with friends, overindulging can leave you feeling less than your best. In this article, we’ll explore the causes of stomach discomfort after a huge meal and suggest some remedies to help you feel better.

Causes of Upset Stomach After a Huge Meal

There are several reasons why you might experience stomach discomfort after eating a large meal. Some of the most common causes include:

  1. Overeating: When you eat too much food, your stomach has to work harder to digest it all. This can lead to feelings of bloating, fullness, and discomfort.
  2. Eating too quickly: When you eat too quickly, you may not give your body enough time to signal to your brain that you’re full. This can cause you to eat more than you need, leading to discomfort later on.
  3. Eating high-fat or high-sugar foods: Foods that are high in fat or sugar can take longer to digest than other foods. This can cause your stomach to feel full for longer periods of time, leading to discomfort.
  4. Drinking carbonated beverages: Carbonated beverages, like soda or sparkling water, can cause gas to build up in your stomach. This can lead to feelings of bloating and discomfort.

Remedies for Upset Stomach After a Huge Meal

If you’re experiencing stomach discomfort after eating a large meal, there are several remedies you can try to help you feel better. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Drink plenty of water: Drinking water can help flush out any excess salt or sugar from your system and help you feel less bloated. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  2. Try herbal tea: Herbal teas like ginger can help soothe your stomach and ease discomfort. Try sipping on a cup of tea after your meal to help calm your stomach.
  3. Consider taking an antacid: If you’re experiencing heartburn or acid reflux after a meal, an antacid may help alleviate your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about which antacid is right for you.
  4. Consider taking Chios mastic gum capsules: Chios mastic gum is a traditional herbal medicinal product used in mild dyspeptic disorders, approved as a natural remedy by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

How to digest faster after eating too much?

If you’ve eaten too much and are feeling uncomfortable, there are several things you can do to help digest your food more quickly. Here are some tips:

  1. Take a walk: Taking a gentle walk can help stimulate digestion and move food through your system more quickly. Aim to walk for at least 10-15 minutes after eating.
  2. Avoid lying down: When you lie down after a big meal, it can make it harder for your stomach to digest food. Instead, try sitting up or standing for at least an hour after eating.
  3. Sip on ginger tea: Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the digestive tract and promote digestion. Sip on ginger tea or chew on a piece of ginger to help alleviate discomfort after eating.
  4. Practice deep breathing: Deep breathing exercises can help relax the muscles in your digestive tract and promote digestion. Try taking deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth for a few minutes after eating.
  5. Massage your stomach: Massaging your stomach in a circular motion can help stimulate digestion and relieve discomfort. Use gentle pressure and make sure to massage in a clockwise direction.
  6. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can irritate the digestive tract and slow down digestion. Avoid consuming these substances after eating a large meal.

Bottom line

Stomach discomfort after a huge meal is a common experience, but there are several remedies you can try to help alleviate your symptoms. By taking a short walk, drinking plenty of water, trying herbal tea, avoiding lying down, and considering an antacid, you can help ease your discomfort and feel better in no time. If you continue to experience stomach discomfort after eating, talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

How can I contact gastroenterologist Dr. Zavos for an appointment?

Dr. Chris Zavos is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist, located in Thessaloniki Greece, and specifically in Kalamaria suburb, about 7 kilometres (4 miles) southeast of downtown Thessaloniki. His private office is at: Fanariou 8 street (near Aigaiou and Adrianoupoleos avenues), Kalamaria (Thessaloniki), Greece.

Thessaloniki International Airport is only 10 km away from his private office in Kalamaria and can be reached by taxi within 13 minutes from the airport.

Dr. Chris Zavos performs endoscopies at Bioclinic private hospital in downtown Thessaloniki (Mitropoleos 86 street).

You can contact Dr. Zavos at phone numbers: (+30)-6976596988 and (+30)-2311283833, or you can email him at Dr. Zavos responds to Greek and English languages.

Last update: 26 September 2023, 18:56


Gastroenterologist - Hepatologist, Thessaloniki

PhD at Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

PGDip at Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ex President, Hellenic H. pylori & Microbiota Study Group