indigestionIndigestion has inconvenienced most of us at some point in our life. While it’s nothing more than a nuisance for many, it can affect the quality of life for those who experience more severe cases. To make the causes and available remedies for indigestion more digestible, we broke things down in this bite-sized blog.

What

For those who don’t really know what all this indigestion talk is about, we’ve got a quick overview. Some of the most common symptoms of indigestion include belching, bloating, and belly pain – sometimes in the stomach or upper belly area, reports WebMD.  More subtle manifestations include fullness during and shortly after a meal, stomach growling, and a slightly acidic taste in the mouth.

Why

Indigestion isn’t caused by a single factor. Furthermore, it’s not even always caused by an identifiable contributor. Here is what we do know about what causes indigestion. Now this may surprise you, but stress is one of the most common reasons for indigestion.

Web MD explains other causes, saying “Indigestion is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease, rather than a condition of its own.” The verdict? Diseases like these can genetically predispose you to indigestion.

How

Just how can you treat indigestion? Well, there is no cure-all for this condition. But we’ve picked up some handy tips along the way.

  •  Eat with your mouth closed. Sure, eating with your mouth closed is the polite thing to do. But not talking or chewing with your mouth open prevents the swallowing of excess air which can be a key trigger for indigestion.
  • R & R – With stress leading to an uptick in indigestion, it’s important to get plenty of rest and avoid drinking and smoking- both of which also act as standalone triggers.
  • Explore Treatment Options – Depending on the suspected or identified cause of your indigestion, there are more condition-specific treatment plans for your needs. Also ask your doctor if probiotics may help with your indigestion management.

Indigestion is never pleasant. But with an abundance of information and available resources, this condition is more manageable.

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