What is Indigestion?

What is Indigestion?

I’m sure every one of us has felt that full and uncomfortable sensation that leaves us feeling less than perfect after a large and delicious meal. This is indigestion and it is often the underlying sign of a more serious problem GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. If left untreated GERD can cause lasting issues in the esophagus, including bleeding, irritation and swelling, and trouble swallowing.

Indigestion is also referred to as dyspepsia, and according to WebMD it’s defined as, “persistent or reoccurring pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen.” All treatment for indigestion varies on the severity, duration of discomfort, and symptoms. Below you will find 8 symptoms associated with indigestion.

Indigestion Symptoms

1.    Bloating

2.    Belching & gas

3.    Nausea & vomiting

4.    Acid taste in mouth

5.    Fullness during and/or after a meal

6.    Growling noises in the stomach

7.    Burning sensation in the stomach

8.    Stomach pain

Indigestion and heartburn are commonly associated with one another as they are often experienced at the same time. Remember heartburn actually doesn’t have anything to do with the heart, but it can feel like a heart attack to some. If this is happening to you, remain calm after eating and see your doctor for treatment. Unfortunately indigestion causes can be commonly misinterpreted with heartburn. To clarify, here are the 7 most common indigestion causes:

Indigestion Causes

1.    Ulcers

2.    GERD

3.    Stomach Infections

4.    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

5.    Thyroid Disease

6.    Gastric Cancer

7.    Overeating

While there are many causes of indigestion, there are also many treatments. Besides drinking lots of water, exercise; take a look at the 5 rules below you can follow to treat and beat indigestion.

Indigestion Treatment

1.    Avoid alcohol

2.    Don’t smoke

3.    Relax after meals

4.    Avoid spicy foods

5.    Reduce air intake during meals by chewing with your mouth closed/eating slow

Indigestion is everyone’s worse nightmare, but it shouldn’t be. There are many ways to alter your lifestyle and improve indigestion. Taking better care of your body and eating right is the first step in improving indigestion. If you are receiving treatment and have not seen any results consult with your doctor about changing your medicine. No one should have to miss out on spicy Thai food.

By Maren Burns