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Heartburn, Gas & Indigestion - How To Avert Them?

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Dr. Radhakrishna Patta 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Chennai  •  33 years experience
Heartburn, Gas & Indigestion - How To Avert Them?

Feeling bloated or acidic after a heavy meal can take away all the satisfaction the taste of food gave you. Indigestion and gas are some of the most common gastrointestinal problems faced by people around the world. In most cases, indigestion is a result of bad food choices and an unhealthy lifestyle. Heartburn is a not a condition of the heart, but a condition of the digestive system and to reduce its frequency, it is very important to drink and eat the right food. All three conditions, gas, heartburn and indigestion, can be relieved at home and do not necessarily require too much medication. Here are 4 easy steps that could help relieve heartburn, gas and indigestion.

The 4 steps to lower heartburn, gas and indigestion
Include More Fiber in the Diet: It is very important for a healthy digestion to include more fiber in the diet. Intake of fiber makes the digestion process simple and helps to push out the waste from the system. The system is detoxified by adding more fiber to your food and it also helps in preventing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and hemorrhoids.

Fiber can be added to your food in the form of fruits, cereals, whole grains, nuts, vegetables and plenty of water. It is very important for men to have about 25g of fiber per day.

  1. Eat healthy food: It is very important that you chew your food well for the proper functioning of the digestive system. The functioning of the stomach can be improved by eating smaller portions of food. It is best to avoid foods that are difficult to digest and it is also imperative that food must be consumed 1 hour before going to bed. Indigestion can be caused if you lie down immediately after eating food.
  2. Intake of spicy food must be reduced: To reduce the frequency of heartburn it is very important that you reduce the intake of spicy food. It is possible to get relief from heartburn by avoiding spicy foods. Foods rich in probiotics can be supplemented as these help in better digestion.
  3. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise is very essential for the fitness of the body and that includes a healthy digestion. The main benefit of exercising regularly is that it helps to fight stress which is the main cause of digestive problems such as indigestion. The passage of gas in the digestive system can be regulated by taking a walk after your meal. There are many benefits that can be gained by regular exercising such as the prevention of bloating, constipation, gaseous build up and even heartburn. Exercises such as swimming, cycling and yoga will have a positive impact on your digestive system and overall health.
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