Indigestion is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as ulcers, or gallbladder diseases, rather than a condition on its own – any treatment you receive will depend on the cause is. There are a number of ways you can feel better or avoid experiencing indigestion.
Symptoms of indigestion could include feeling bloated, belching of gas, nausea and vomiting, an acidic taste in your mouth, fullness during or after a meal, a growling stomach, burning in your stomach or upper belly and even belly pain. These symptoms might be worse when you’re stressed.
Sometimes people have long-lasting indigestion that isn’t related to the food you consume, bad lifestyle habits or lack of exercise – this type is called functional or non-ulcer dyspepsia. Many women have indigestion during the middle and later parts of pregnancy. This occurs because of hormones, which relax the muscles of the digestive tract, or from the pressure the growing baby puts on the stomach.
Indigestion often goes away after a few hours, but let your doctor know if your symptoms get worse. You can also do some things on your own to ease your symptoms, i.e. try not to chew with your mouth open, drink beverages after rather than during meals and avoid late-night eating.
Try and avoid experiencing indigestion by:
– Eating smaller meals so your stomach doesn’t have to work as hard or as long.
– Eating slowly.
– Avoiding foods with a lot of acid, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
– Cutting back on or avoiding foods and drinks that contain caffeine.
– Learning how to manage your stress properly.
– Not lighting up a cigarette straight after meals as smoke irritates the stomach.
– Cutting back on alcohol consumption.
– Avoiding tight-fitting clothes. They can put pressure on your stomach, which can make the food you’ve eaten move up into your oesophagus.
– Waiting at least three hours after your last meal of the day before going to bed.
Indigestion is not necessarily a serious health condition, but can become an issue if it persists. You can practice the simple things mentioned above to avoid experiencing it and get you through a long working week without feeling sluggish!