Nothing can ruin a fabulous meal quite like a bout of indigestion and bloating. Indigestion is the feeling of a generalized discomfort in the abdomen and is medically known as Dyspepsia. In some cases, the same symptoms that occur with digestive issues can be the sign of another, more serious, problem. Also, it is not uncommon for painful heartburn to also accompany indigestion, which can also indicate signs of a more serious problem. More often, indigestion is the result of poor food or lifestyle choices and can be easily remedied. Of note, you are probably not alone with your digestive issues – statistics indicate digestion affects as many as one out of every four Americans. It is such a common affliction that a vast array of antacids can be found at any local drug store for the over the counter use.
The symptoms and causes of indigestion vary from person to person, but here are some of the more common experiences:
Symptoms of Indigestion
· Constant burping/belching and gas
· Pain and cramping in the abdominal area
· Nausea and sometimes vomiting
· Sour taste in mouth
Common Causes of Indigestion
· Overeating, or eating too quickly
· Greasy and rich food
· Excess Caffeine, alcohol, sodas
· Certain medicines
Things You Can Do at Home to Help
For the occasional case of indigestion, there are some things you can easily do at home to ease your symptoms or even prevent them.
- Experts find limiting portion sizes at mealtimes can be very helpful in avoiding stomach upset
- You can also take some OTC medications to help with some of the symptoms
- Because the common culprit of indigestion is caused by too much acid in the gut, it can sometimes help to choose remedies that assist in reducing it. Popular natural remedies include making a simple cup of ginger tea or mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in water to help bring alkalinity and balance back into the gut
- Keep your weight at an optimal level
- Avoid acid causing food and beverages such as citrus, sodas, or spicy foods
- Chamomile, or peppermint tea
When to See a Doctor
If your symptoms don’t resolve easily, it may be time to consult with a doctor. Indigestion can be a sign of gall-bladder issues or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Untreated, these conditions can lead to inflammation, ulcers, and other related adverse conditions. Symptoms that may give hints of being more severe might present as chest pain especially when laying down or a burning feeling that sits a little below the breast bone.