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Indigestion!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 84% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi

Indigestion
This happens due to some other underlying health conditions like ulcers or gastric problems. The symptoms of this condition will be obvious in most cases and many people complain about uncomfortable feeling in the abdominal region during this condition. The stomach can become bloated due to gas and it can also be painful in some cases. Apart from other health conditions, it can also get triggered due to excessive consumption of alcohol and stress-related disorders. You can also get this condition when you are taking some other medication or when you are pregnant. There are many ways in which you can prevent indigestion and you need to follow a healthy lifestyle to get relief from this problem. It can also be treated easily using over the counter medication and by eating small meals at regular intervals.

Symptoms of Indigestion
-  Having an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach region is the most common symptom of this problem. Many people feel full even before eating the complete meal as the digestive juices produce gas in the stomach region and give this feeling.

-  Some patients also experience mild to severe pain in the abdomen region when they are affected by this problem. The pain will be severe in some cases and it can last for many hours when you are not able to digest food completely.

-  Due to the excessive production of digestive juices and the upward movement of the acids in the body, it is common for many people to experience heartburn. In other cases, they may also notice a burning sensation in the stomach during this phase.

-  Other than that, some patients also complain about bloating of the stomach and this happens usually after eating meals. While it is normal for you to feel this for a couple of minutes after having a heavy meal, this can last for several hours when you are suffering from indigestion problems.

-  Some people also feel symptoms of nausea and vomiting due to this condition. In extreme cases, people may feel dehydrated when this happens too many times in a day.

-  It is rare to experience weight loss due to this problem and it only happens when this becomes too often and starts affecting your capacity to eat food normally.

-  In most cases, people feel tired due to this condition as this causes uneasiness in the abdomen region and it affects your overall normal functioning of the body.

Causes of Indigestion
-  Many factors can cause indigestion and they differ a lot from different patients. In some cases, it can be eating more than what is required and this can happen when the digestive system is not very effective.

-  In other cases, it can also be due to eating food very quickly. In this situation, the digestive juices will not be able to break down the food particles effectively and it leads to indigestion.

-  Many patients suffer from this condition when they eat foods that are too spicy or that are too greasy. The acids in the body will not be able to digest the food properly in this situation and it will produce more acids than required to handle the food.

-  You are also likely to suffer from this problem when you drink too much caffeine or alcohol. This hampers the normal functioning of the digestive system and the acid production in the body will not be regulated properly due to this situation.

-  It is also proved that smoking can affect the digestion in a big way as this usually damages the lining of the digestive tract and creates various complications in the long run.

-  Many people also suffer due to the medication they take for other health issues. In this situation, you should always consult your doctor and choose the suitable diet that will help you to manage the situation.

-  Indigestion is also triggered when you are suffering from various health conditions like ulcers and gastric problems. Patients having stomach cancer will also face this issue for a long time due to complications. In the same manner, when the intestine is having some issues with blockage or reduced flow of blood, you are likely to suffer from indigestion.

Diagnosis of Indigestion
-  The first stage of diagnosis begins with evaluating your symptoms and you will later be advised to go for other tests. The method of diagnosis also depends on your age and your existing health condition. If you are suffering from any health conditions, you may be suggested to undergo many tests to determine the cause of this problem.

-  In normal cases, even thyroid problems can create indigestion in many people and a proper test will help the doctors to identify the exact cause of this problem. If you are suffering from thyroid issues, you will have to undergo suitable treatment to balance the hormones in the body.

-  When the issue is suspected to be with the digestive tract, you will have to undergo endoscopy test and even a biopsy may be done at this stage to determine the exact nature of the problem. This is usually suggested when you are suffering from indigestion on a regular basis.

-  In extreme cases, even a CT scan may be recommended to check for any problems with the intestinal tract and this will give the doctors a complete idea about your overall health condition.

Prevention of Indigestion
-  The best thing you can do to avoid this condition is to eat slowly and at regular intervals. Remember that eating heavy meals can sometimes trigger this problem. Try to divide the food into small portions and eat them at regular intervals throughout the day. This will put less burden on the digestive system and you will not suffer from indigestion.

-  It is also known that foods that are high in acid content can trigger indigestion in many people. You can also avoid caffeine in the same manner and instead choose other healthy drinks that will be gentle on your digestive system.

-  You should avoid excessive smoking as this can cause a lot of complications and interfere with the normal working of the digestive system. In the same manner, alcohol consumption can also damage the protective lining of the stomach and cause indigestion.

-  It is always a good idea to relax for some time after you had a heavy meal. Always make it a point to not work out when you are full as this will interfere with the digestion process. Similarly, do not go to sleep immediately after eating as this will reduce the ability of the body to digest food properly. You should at least give a few hours of a gap after eating food before you go to sleep.

-  If you are suffering from regular indigestion due to an underlying health condition, you can get relief by elevating your pillow while sleeping. This will ensure that the digestive acids will not move upwards and cause heartburn and other complications.

-  You should also discuss your problem with your doctor and make a list of foods that are known to trigger indigestion in your body. In this way, you can avoid such foods and stay away from this problem in the future.

Treatment for Indigestion
-  The most common method of treating this condition is with making suitable changes to your lifestyle and eating habits. You should always pay attention to what you eat and also maintain proper timings. This will keep your digestive system in proper order.

-  Apart from that, you should also reduce the stress levels as this will trigger indigestion without any other reasons. You can also workout regularly to provide suitable strength to your body and this will increase your metabolism and boost digestion.

-  If any medication is triggering this condition in your body, you need to find suitable alternatives for them. Speaking to your doctor about this will help you in many ways and you can easily get rid of this problem in quick time.

-  It is also suggested that you reduce the intake of alcohol and also stop smoking as this hampers your digestive system. It can also create other health complications in the long run and you should always cut down on this usage in the future.

-  When you have this problem on a regular basis, using medication will give you good results. Many patients get temporary relief from symptoms by using antacids and other prescription medicine. You can also visit your doctor to find the suitable medication that will help you to get rid of these symptoms.

-  Finally, you should lead an active lifestyle and eat foods that are suited for your body. You will easily understand what suits you best and you can follow them in the future to avoid this problem.

Complications of Indigestion
-  You need to understand that indigestion by itself does not cause any major complications. In most cases, you will get relief within a couple of days when this happens due to a gastric problem or other minor issues.

-  However, when this is happening due to any other existing health conditions, it may take a while before you get relief from this problem. In this situation, you will have trouble eating food and digesting it properly.

-  This can lead to nausea or diarrhoea in many cases and you are likely to get tired due to this condition. The best way to treat this condition is to concentrate on the symptoms and you can treat the underlying condition at a later stage.

-  You will have an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach that will affect your everyday activities. Most people suffering from this problem miss out on their regular tasks and they may not be able to attend work in a normal way.

-  Apart from these things, there are no major long-term implications of this condition and you need not worry about this problem.

Myths about Indigestion
Myth #1:
Indigestion affects only adults:

 While it is true that many patients suffering from this condition are adults, it can even affect kids. However, when you compare the recurrence of this condition, it is seen that adults have more tendency to frequently encounter this problem than kids. This can also be attributed to the weakening digestive system due to old age and lifestyle problems.

Myth #2: Indigestion is always painful:

This is completely false and it need not have to be painful all the time. In most cases, it just causes some discomfort and you may experience burning sensation. The symptoms need not persist for a long duration and most patients experience them only for a short duration of time. The symptoms will usually go away after few hours on its own and you need not even take medication for mild problems.

Myth #3: There is no way to prevent indigestion: 

you can easily prevent this problem by following the guidelines of your dietician and doctor. Always make sure that you eat in small quantities and also at regular intervals rather than eating heavy meals at once. This will give your body plenty of time to digest the food and it will not be overloaded. In this manner, it will work effectively and the digestive acids produced in the body will not create any uncomfortable symptoms.

Conclusion
Everyone suffers from this problem at some point or other in their lives and there is no need to worry about this condition unless it happens on a regular basis. In most cases, you will get relief as soon the underlying condition that is causing indigestion gets resolved. You can, however, use some medication to get quick relief from symptoms and this will be more than enough to treat this problem in most cases. You should focus on the ways in which you can prevent them in the future as this can come back again at any time depending on your lifestyle and eating habits. For this reason, you should always pay attention to what you eat and try to divide them between equal intervals during the day. This will give your body enough time to digest the food properly and you will not face the indigestion problem in the future. It does not cause major complications in most cases and you will be able to get treatment easily for this problem.

10 Foods That Support Your Digestive Health

Dr. Atul Sharma 87% (153 ratings)
MD - Medicine, DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Gurgaon
10 Foods That Support Your Digestive Health

The food you eat plays an important role in your gastrointestinal health. Some foods can be difficult to digest and lead to bloating and heartburn while others increase the healthy bacteria in your gut and make digestion easier. 

Here are ten things you should include in your diet for a healthy digestive system:

  1. Bananas: Bananas help regulate bowel movements and help bind food waste together thus helping with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They also help restore the electrolyte and potassium balance in the stomach.
  2. Oats: Oats are rich in fiber and low in calories. It is also a rich source of phosphorus, vitamin E and Zinc. Oats helps with the proper functioning of the digestive system and the extraction of waste.
  3. Curd: Curd rice is the most well known home remedy for an upset stomach. Curd is a rich source of probiotics that helps restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria and eases digestion.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for normal cooking oil or butter. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that ease the digestive system and boost immunity and energy levels.
  5. Lentils: Lentils are rich in prebiotics and fiber. These prebiotics promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and prevent harmful bacteria from causing stomach infections.
  6. Ginger: Herbs and spices are very helpful with digestion. Amongst these, ginger is foremost. It can be used to treat a number of stomach infections such as bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Ginger also helps speed up the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. 
  7. Vegetables: Vegetables are rich in fiber and probiotics. While beetroots help relieve constipation, sweet potatoes help treat ulcers and bowel problems. Other vegetables that aid digestion include cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.
  8. Brown rice: A certain amount of carbohydrates are essential for a well balanced diet. Brown rice has a high calorific value but is less fattening. Brown rice helps food move smoothly through the digestive system and hence promotes regularity.
  9. Peppermint: Peppermint helps ease indigestion and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint can be had on its own as a flavoring agent in salads and on fruits or taken as a supplement.
  10. Water: Water is crucial to healthy digestion. It helps smooth the movement of food through the digestive system and out of the bowels. Inadequate water is one of the most common causes of constipation. Ideally, you should have a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
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4 Things That Can Help Ease Gas And Indigestion!

Dr. Radhakrishna Patta 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Chennai
4 Things That Can Help Ease Gas And Indigestion!

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 unhealthy lifestyles. Thus they can simply be relieved at home and do not necessarily need medication. Here are 4 easy steps to lower heartburn, gas and indigestion.

  1. Add more fiber to your food: Fiber is crucial to healthy digestion. It is easy to digest and help push waste out of the system by adding bulk. In this way, fiber helps detoxify the system as well. It also prevents diabetes, heart disease, hemorrhoids and other diseases. Add fiber to your diet in the form of whole grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts and plenty of water. Ideally, a woman should have 25gms of fiber a day and men should have 38 grams of fiber a day.
  2. Healthy food eating habits: How you eat also makes a difference to your digestion. Instead of eating on the move, eat mindfully. Chew your food carefully to begin the digestive system. Eating smaller portions can also help improve stomach functioning. Avoid fast foods that are difficult to digest. Ensure that you do not eat anything for at least an hour before going to bed. Lying down immediately after a meal is one of the leading causes of indigestion.
  3. Probiotics: Gut bacteria is essential for healthy digestion. This bacteria helps maintain a healthy inner ecosystem and help fight harmful viruses, yeast and other such microorganisms. This balance of gut bacteria can be affected by an unhealthy lifestyle like excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress and certain prescription drugs. Supplementing your natural probiotic enzymes with food rich in probiotics like yogurt or probiotic supplements can help make your digestion better.
  4. Exercise Regularly: Exercise is necessary not only for a fit body but also for healthy digestion. Exercising also helps fight stress that is one of the leading causes of indigestion. Taking a walk after meals can help regulate the passage of food and gases in your digestive system. This prevents bloating and heartburn. Physical activity also helps stimulate your bowels to prevent constipation and prevent gaseous build up. Some forms of exercise you could try are yoga, swimming and cycling. A word of caution; always ensure that there is at least an hour's gap between exercising and your last meal.
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Hi, I am 33 years old, housewife. I have been suffering from mucus in stool for last near about 15 years along with gas & bloating, abdominal cramp, indigestion. I am underweight also. The mucus is heavy thick yellowish jelly type and whenever I sit for stool first it comes out in good amount every time. Sometime during the time of urination it comes out. I will go to consult homeopathic doctor. But can you please help me with some answers? What food should I avoid? What type of lifestyle I lead and what exercise I do, when. If morning it is not possible can I do yoga and pranayam in the evening.

Dr. Tanmay Palsule 94% (5059 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Hi, I am 33 years old, housewife. I have been suffering from mucus in stool for last near about 15 years along with g...
No one wants to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but if you take some preventive measures, you may be able to avoid it. Stress, anxiety, or eating and drinking the wrong things can cause digestive problems. You can find long-term solutions by making some simple changes in how you respond to stress and paying attention to your diet, nutrition, and lifestyle. Take a look at these seven tips to keep your flare-ups at bay. Tip 1: Manage Your Stress Stress-related symptoms—like abdominal pain and bloating—occur more often and more intensely in people with IBS. Managing the stress in your life is important in avoiding flare-ups. There are several effective methods for stress management that can improve IBS symptoms, including deep breathing and yoga. The secret is to breathe from your diaphragm, not your chest, to relax your abdominal muscles. Doing so can lead to more regular bowel activity. Tip 2: Relax Progressively Relaxing the muscles in your body can help alleviate an upset stomach. To use this form of relaxation, start by tensing and then relaxing the muscles in your feet. Then move your way up through your calves, thighs, abdomen, arms, and each main muscle group in your body, ending with your face and scalp. Concentrate on releasing all of the tension in each body part as you go. Tip 3: Talk to a friend/counsellor Beat stress by examining how you respond to life events, and guiding you toward more effective responses. Tip 4: Find More Fiber In addition to stress management techniques, tweaking your diet can also help prevent IBS. One of the most common ways is to incorporate more fiber into your meals. However, while dietary fiber can ease some gastrointestinal symptoms (like constipation), it can make other symptoms worse (like gas and cramping). To minimize potential problems, try a gradual increase of fiber over the course of a few weeks. Tip 5: Steer Clear of These Foods Certain foods are known to make IBS symptoms worse. Watch what makes your own symptoms worse, and avoid those products. Some common culprits include: chocolate sugar-free sweeteners (such as sorbitol or mannitol) cauliflower broccoli cabbage beans Some people also have trouble with dairy. You can try substituting yogurt for milk, or decreasing the quantity of dairy products you consume. Other things that might work are breaking down lactose with an enzyme product, or combining dairy with other foods. Tip 6: Drink Right While drinking enough fluids each day helps IBS symptoms, not all fluids have the same effect on your stomach. Water soothes stomach distress, but several other beverages can cause problems, including: alcoholic drinks coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks carbonated drinks like soda Alcohol and drinks with caffeine may make diarrhea worse. Soda and other drinks with carbonation can cause gas.
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I am 44 years my wt 60 kg height 5.9 I am suffering Back pain last 18 years due to indigestion please help me.

Dr. Ramakrishna Chanduri 91% (1151 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
I am 44 years my wt 60 kg height 5.9 I am suffering Back pain last 18 years due to indigestion please help me.
Use heat and cold. Studies show that heat and cold are effective ways to get relief from back pain. Ice packs are most beneficial when a person uses them directly after an injury, such as a strain. Applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel directly to the back can reduce inflammation. Peppermint tea. Peppermint is more than a breath freshener. Chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is known to help induce sleep and calm anxiety. Apple cider vinegar. Ginger..Fennel seed. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate. Lemon water. Licorice root.
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Sir I regularly use gelusil syrup for acidity and indigestion. Is it good to use it regularly. Can you suggest a good ayurvedic syrup for the same.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 93% (6622 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Sir
I regularly use gelusil syrup for acidity and indigestion.
Is it good to use it regularly. Can you suggest a good...
No it's not good to take it for long,,wake up early and go for walking or jogging,,take amla juice and alovera juice in the morning,,take food in every 3-4 hrs interval
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I am 66 years aged man having high Bp, diabetics &indigestion, gastric,motion problems. Pl to get rid off. Pl suggest.

Dr. Prashant K Vaidya 91% (15773 ratings)
Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
I am 66 years aged man having high Bp, diabetics &indigestion, gastric,motion problems. Pl to get rid off. Pl suggest.
natural remedies for high blood pressure: Ginger-Cardamom Tea. A study, done in December of 2009, was published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics. ... Watermelon In The Morning. Every morning, be faithful to watermelon. ... Nuts. ... Cat's Claw. ... Onions. ... Enzyme CoQ10. ... Vitamin D. ... home remedies that can provide quick relief for indigestion: Peppermint tea. Peppermint is more than a breath freshener. ... Chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is known to help induce sleep and calm anxiety. ... Apple cider vinegar. ... Ginger. ... Fennel seed. ... Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) ... Lemon water. ... home remedies to relieve constipation: Drink more water. ... Eat more fiber, especially soluble, non-fermentable fiber. ... Exercise more. ... Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee. ... Take Senna, an herbal laxative. ... Eat probiotic foods or take probiotic supplements. ... Over-the-counter or prescription laxatives.
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I suffer from severe acidity and also in small amounts vomiting after meal. And indigestion problem sometimes. So please suggest me.

Bnchy Wellness Medispa 85% (532 ratings)
Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
I suffer from severe acidity and also in small amounts vomiting after meal. And indigestion problem sometimes. So ple...
Hello Lybrate user, Natural Remedies for Indigestion 1-Asafetida For this home remedy for Indigestion, mix 5 grams of asafetida with a glass of hot water. Add a teaspoonful of sugar to improve the taste. Though it smells bad while swallowing, it rapidly relieves your system of flatulence and helps in relieving indigestion. 2-Mint Oil Add 2 drops of mint oil in a cup of warm water and drink immediately. It provides instant relief from gripping and flatulence. 3-Curry Leaves Wash about 20-25 fresh curry leaves with cold water. Extract the juice from these leaves. In a cup of plain water, add about 1 teaspoonful of lemon juice and the juice of the curry leaves. Add 1 teaspoonful of honey to this blend and always drink this when it is fresh. It relieves nausea, vomiting and flatulence induced by indigestion. 4-Ajwain Seeds Home remedies for Indigestion also include the use of Ajowan seeds. Mix a teaspoon of Ajowan seeds with 1/2 spoon of rock salt. Consume the mixture with a glass of water. This will instantly get rid of flatulence and stomach disorder. 5-Coriander Seeds Coriander seeds are known for their anti-inflammatory properties that relieve you from an upset, stomach or indigestion. Further stimulating your digestive process. Coriander consists of an essential oil called urand oil that detoxifies the liver and increases appetite and curing in digestion. Take coriander seeds infused water for about a week to see the difference. 6-Lemon and Honey Take 1 glass of warm water add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Then add 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix it well and drink after every meal. It is one of the effective home remedies for indigestion. 7-Carrots Carrots are known as power food and can help the stomach get better. In a blender, mix a few carrots, a banana and a bit of water. Drink this juice. It will help the tummy absorb all the acids and gas that are causing discomfort in the stomach. 8-Carom Seeds One of the effective home remedies for indigestion is to roast a teaspoon of carom seeds in a pan, allow the seeds to cool and crush them lightly. With a rolling pin, mix together with a pinch of salt. It is very effective for stomach pain and provides relief from gas as well 9-Yogurt Yogurt is a very effective remedy for people who have diarrhea and in digestion. Mix some crushed cumin seeds and salt in a bowl of yogurt and have it at least twice in a day. 10-Ginger Add some grated ginger to a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of honey and sip. One can add ginger to other forms of tea as well to cure the problem of indigestion. -Avoid totally junk food, spicy and oily food. -Drink lukewarm water daily on empty stomach. -Don't skip your meal time. -Change your daily lifestyle. -Do daily exercise. -Wake up early in the morning at 5 am and sleep early at 10 pm.
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Hi! Doctor, I'm 18 years old and I'm suffering from severe constipation, gas trouble, stomach ache and indigestion form 5 days. Please give me a solution for all these problems.

Dr. Pahun 96% (5803 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Hi! Doctor, I'm 18 years old and I'm suffering from severe constipation, gas trouble, stomach ache and indigestion fo...
Abhyarishta 4 tsf with equal amounts of water after meals twice a day. 2 tsf of castor oil +1 tsf of psyllium husk with one cup of leukwarm milk at night. U will be alright. Take care.
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Stress Leads To Indigestion!

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 92% (3413 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Stress Leads To Indigestion!

The main reason behind indigestion is stress due to which relapses occur -

* Do exercise 5 days/week for 40 min (including breathing exercises).

* Discuss about your problems with doctor or friends or family members.

* Stop overthinking and live happily.

* Never drink water after meals atleast for 40 min.

* Always drink water with sips.

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