Indigestion is a common problem faced by millions of Americans on a regular basis. It’s also somewhat unique in that indigestion isn’t really a condition in and of itself, but rather a collection of symptoms that contribute to discomfort in your upper abdomen. For some, their indigestion could be caused by gas or bloating, while others experience symptoms because of their food or water intake.
Figuring out the underlying reason for your indigestion and learning about some of the triggers of symptoms are great ways to help prevent and treat indigestion. In today’s blog, we share some tips for preventing indigestion and relieving symptoms if you begin to experience indigestion.
Treating and Preventing Indigestion
Here are some ways to manage your digestion and prevent uncomfortable symptoms from setting in.
- Decrease Food Intake – Overeating is one of the most common causes of indigestion. When your stomach receives a large influx of food, it won’t be able to break down these substances as easily compared to smaller portions. As stomach acid works harder to break down more food, it can lead to discomfort or even symptoms of GERD if acid makes its way back through the esophageal sphincter. Try to eat more, smaller meals if your indigestion is triggered by larger meals.
- Late Night Eating – It’s not just how much you eat, but when you eat, that can trigger indigestion. When you’re upright, it’s easier for your body to break down food particles and pass them through your intestines. If you’re horizontal, food can sit higher in your stomach and lead to indigestion symptoms. Avoid late night snacking so that your digestive system isn’t working overtime while you’re trying to fall asleep.
- Limit Caffeine Intake – Caffeine has also been shown to be an indigestion trigger in some people. Caffeine kickstarts stomach acid production, and excess stomach acid can lead to indigestion and heartburn symptoms. The carbonation in caffeinated sodas can also lead to gas and bloating and make symptoms of indigestion worse.
- Regular Exercise – You may be surprised to learn that exercise plays a crucial role in our body’s ability to digest and pass food. Lack of exercise can contribute to weight gain, and this increases the pressure inside your stomach, making you more prone to symptoms of indigestion. Get regular exercise to help improve indigestion and keep the pressure inside your stomach at a healthy level.
- See A Gastroenterologist – Finally, if you are experiencing indigestion at regular intervals or multiple times a month, take a proactive step and set up a visit with your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist. Regular upper abdomen discomfort is not something you should have to deal with, and it could be an indication of a larger digestive issue. In most cases, your gastrointestinal specialist can diagnose the root source of your symptoms and provide a few simple lifestyle fixes to address the underlying issue.
For more information, or if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and want to learn more about your options, give Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants a call today.