Why does the doctor always tell me to quit spicy food? Is this science?

I wonder if you have noticed that in the diet adjustment for almost all diseases, the “no spicy and stimulating diet” may be mentioned. It flashes into various health books like a golden rule. Strangely, few people explain why? Are we too nervous about taboo spicy food? Is there any scientific basis for taboo spicy food after illness?

Is spicy what?

Xin is a pictographic character. In oracle bone inscriptions, it is like a punishment knife, meaning [great crime]. In ancient prose, there are such statements as [Xin is very spicy], [Jiangnan is spicy, China is Xin], etc.

In other words, Spicy is spicy. Speaking of spicy, The first thing people think about is chili. Interestingly, Pepper is imported. Pepper has entered Chinese recipes as an ingredient. It was also after the end of the Ming Dynasty. If you have seen chili in costume dramas before the Ming Dynasty, The screenwriter should be spanked. However, In ancient China, there were many ingredients that could also cause spicy taste. Mainly onion, leek, polygonum, artemisia, mustard, They are collectively referred to as five pungent foods. Spicy food in a broad sense, Including chili, prickly ash, mustard, pepper, scallion and ginger. Speaking of spicy food, The first thing you think about is probably spicy. However, Spicy is not a taste, It’s a pain experience. Spicy food makes people feel hot, It is because capsaicin in food can bind to capsaicin receptors in oral cavity, throat and other parts. When this receptor is activated, This receptor can also be activated by hot water at temperatures above 43 degrees Celsius. This is also one of the reasons why hot water burns your mouth. After eating chili, drinking hot water to relieve it will only aggravate the burning feeling. Capsaicin is a fat-soluble substance, and eating a mouthful of foods with high fat content (such as fat meat) at this time will help relieve the burning feeling. Is spicy meaningful in what? Let’s take chili as an example. For many people, The sensation of chili, It is a low-risk pain experience, which can stimulate the brain to produce endorphins and other substances, but cause pleasant feelings, which is also an explanation of [no spicy or unpleasant]. In different food cultures around the country, the selection of various spicy ingredients also constructs individual dietary preferences. For example, many northern provinces eat scallion and garlic raw. Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, Professor Lan Yong of Southwest Normal University has studied the geographical distribution and causes of spicy taste in Chinese diet. He found that the upper reaches of the Yangtze River are heavy spicy areas, the north are light spicy areas, and the southeast coast are light spicy areas. Less sunshine, humidity and cold in winter are the main environmental factors that form the spicy heavy areas. Who should eat less spicy food? 1. People who sweat easily Many people sweat on their foreheads after eating spicy food. The reason is what? As mention earlier, Spicy food can cause burning pain. It can cause body temperature to rise, metabolism to accelerate, Causing sweating. So, If you are a person who is particularly prone to sweating, It is better to use less spicy food. 2. People who are prone to insomnia if you often suffer from insomnia and even neurasthenia. It is recommended not to eat spicy food for dinner, In order to avoid gastrointestinal burning and discomfort, Can’t calm down before going to bed, leading to difficulty in falling asleep. 3. Gastrointestinal discomfort for most people suffering from digestive tract diseases, doctors often suggest to eat as little or eliminate spicy food as possible during treatment. The main reason is that the digestive tract of the human body is distributed with a large number of capsaicin receptors. Pepper in the mouth, will make you feel burning; When it enters the gastrointestinal tract, It can stimulate the peristalsis of gastrointestinal tract. Many people eat too much spicy food, Diarrhea will occur, Part of the reason is that eating spicy food leads to an increase in irregular peristalsis of gastrointestinal tract, Causing the intestinal contents to stay in the intestinal tract for too little time, Causing thin stool. Therefore, For patients with acute and chronic gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, It is also recommended to eat less spicy food. It is worth adding that Digestive tract ulcer is mainly caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, Spicy food does not cause digestive tract ulcers. However, It can aggravate gastrointestinal discomfort in patients with gastrointestinal ulcer. Therefore, When suffering from digestive tract ulcer, It is recommended to use less spicy food, In order to avoid aggravating symptoms. Some researchers conducted a survey on female students in a college, As a result, Spicy food, drinking and snacks are risk factors for anorectal diseases. There is a saying that, It is called “chili hot at both ends”. Chili not only makes the mouth hot, It also burns the anus. So, People with hemorrhoids, anal fissure, anal fistula and anal sinusitis, It is suggested to eat less spicy and stimulating food. 4. People who are sensitive to spicy food, After eating too much spicy food or too much spicy food, There may be red and swollen lips and even map tongue. The latter is a special allergic reaction. It is marginal exfoliative glossitis in the superficial layer of tongue mucosa. Variations in size and shape often occur, And has the characteristic of wandering. Generally speaking, Map tongue is a self-limiting inflammation, Will gradually heal, However, taste abnormalities may occur, It can last for several days or even a month. 5. If you suffer from acute pharyngolaryngitis, you will suffer from pharyngitis, tonsillitis, etc. It is recommended to avoid spicy food for the time being. Spicy food will aggravate mucosal irritation and pain in these parts. Even aggravating local congestion, Causing discomfort symptoms to worsen. There is no mistake and harmless pertinent suggestion that spicy taste is only a taste preference. Compared with sweet, sour, salty and other tastes, For the time being, there is a lack of acrimony. Nor does it make the food immediately bad to eat. Objectively speaking, Although spicy food is not the main cause of some diseases, But spicy food does exacerbate the symptoms of these diseases, It makes people feel worse. In view of health care or recovery from illness, Ordinary people want to hear some practical dietary adjustment plans from doctors. Avoiding or eating less spicy food, just like quitting alcohol, smoking and eating less greasy food, is an absolutely right and harmless pertinent advice. Especially for some people who are not well or have special constitution, it is better to avoid or eat less spicy food for a while.