Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is distress or a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, often followed by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.
Indigestion might be caused by a disease in the digestive tract such as ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but for many people, it results from eating too much, eating too rapidly, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful conditions. Indigestion accompanied by smallness of breath, sweating, or pain radiating to the jaw, neck, or arm.
Indigestion is very ordinary and most people have it from time to time. Indigestion may be psychological in basis and connected with stress. Indigestion may be a symptom of such situations as ulcers and gall bladder inflammation.
Indigestion Causes Following are the causes of indigestion Fast eating without chewing properly, Heavy meal, Consuming excess alcohol, Smoking, Pregnancy, Peptic ulcer, Stress and anxiety Anti-inflammatory drugs, Changes in lifestyle, Diseases that affect digestive organs. Indigestion can be alleviated by consuming smaller frequent meals during the day instead of three large meals. Meals must also be low-fat and the food must be consumed slowly. Avoiding consumption of carbonated drinks, caffeinated beverages and alcohol also helps to ease indigestion and is one of the first steps towards indigestion cure.
Those who quit smoking often find a marked improvement in digestion. Medications that cause irritation to the lining of the stomach such anti-inflammatory medication must be stopped and necessary consultation with your doctor would be required. One should also improve one’s lifestyle by getting sufficient rest and sleep. Stress and anxiety must be alleviated through relaxation or yoga exercises. Those with chronic or severe indigestion must consult a doctor even if they are using natural remedies for indigestion. Certain medications or over-the-counter drugs may be administered which help to reduce the production of acid in the stomach.
Some medications also enable the stomach to pass the food particles faster into the small intestine. It is important to take non-prescription medications only according to the specified dosage and for the stipulated duration of time. It is also advisable to consult a doctor even before taking non-prescription drugs. In severe cases, where medication does not help, the doctor may recommend certain laboratory tests such as blood tests, x-ray and stool examinations.
Based on the results of such tests, medication or antibiotics may be recommended. The treatment and cures for indigestion depends wholly on the underlying cause. Therefore treatment varies from patient to patient. Therefore it is advisable to avoid taking indigestion medication without medical supervision.
Indigestion Symptoms Symptoms may include pain and distress in the upper abdomen belching and loud intestinal sounds (borborygmi)nausea, constipation, poor appetite, diarrhea, flatulence. Symptoms include nausea, heartburn, abdominal ache, gas suffering, and a feeling of abdominal distention.
Home Remedies for Indigestion Mix a few drops of mint essence in a glass of water and drink it about 3 to 4 times in a day. This will help flush out the acids from your system. Another good alternative is to chew mint leaves after meals as it helps cure indigestion.
In order to avoid acid indigestion mix some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in water and drink it before meals. You can also drink lemon and honey mixed in water for acid indigestion problems. Make some herbal tea at home by mixing mint leaves, blackberry, camomile with your regular tea. This helps relax the stomach and improves digestion.
Garlic and ginger are known to have a lot of healing properties hence they are used in a lot of home remedies for ingestion. You should mix some garlic oil with soya oil and rub it on your stomach twice a day. Ginger is known to stimulate digestion hence is very effective in curing indigestion. You should chew a small piece of fresh ginger with salt for 5 to 10 minutes before meals. If you want immediate relief from indigestion than take some baking soda and add to it some finely chopped fresh garlic and a pinch of salt and eat it. Drinking baking soda in water is also very helpful for upset stomach.
Take 3 tablespoons of curd and mix with it 3 to 4 basil leaves, black pepper and a pinch of rock salt. Have this mix 3 to 4 times a day. This will help recondition your stomach.
Finally another one of the quick home remedies for indigestion and an upset stomach is to chew on a mix of half teaspoon of carom seeds and small pinch of rock salt and then swallow it all with water.
Login to add comments on this post.