Indigestion Symptoms and 8 Simple Ways to Prevent Indigestion
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia is a collection of symptoms that often includes heartburn, nausea, bloating and belching.
It refers to discomfort in the upper abdomen often brought on by eating too much, eating too quickly, or by eating very rich, spicy, or fatty foods.
Indigestion symptoms include :
Indigestion causes include :
- Burning in the stomach or upper abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating (full feeling)
- Belching and gas
- Nausea and vomiting
- Acidic taste
- Growling stomach
- Drinking excess alcohol
- Stress and anxiety
- Medicines such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat arthritis.
- Eating certain foods can relax the valve (sphincter) at the join between your esophagus and stomach or cause direct irritation to the lining of your esophagus.
- Not eating regular meals, as acid levels can build up if meals are missed
Ways to prevent indigestion include:
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals.
- Chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
- Avoid anything that triggers indigestion, such as fatty and spicy foods, carbonated beverages, caffeine and alcohol.
- Maintaining a healthy weight, (Excess pounds put pressure on your abdomen, pushing up your stomach and causing acid to back up into your esophagus).
- Exercising regularly, ( With your doctor's OK, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. It can be as simple as a nightly walk after dinner).
- Managing stress, (Create a calm environment at mealtime. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Spend time doing things you enjoy.).
- Increase water intake.
- Increase your fiber daily intake.
Sometimes though....no matter what you do...indigestion occurs.
For those times, see
how to cure indigestion
If you are pregnant, see
how to cure indigestion and morning sickness
You need to see your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms :.
Notice: You need to seek urgent medical attention if you vomit blood, even if it's only present in the vomit as specks of blood or blood that looks like coffee grains.
- Unintended or unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained and continual indigestion symptoms for the first time and you are 55 or older
- Severe pain, or the pain gets worse or changes
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