indigestion

Indigestion, also called upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen. Indigestion is often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. It could be a symptom of another disease.

Causes

Indigestion might be caused by a disease or ulcer in the digestive tract. However, for many people, it is caused by eating too much, eating too quickly, being tired, drinking too much caffeinated beverages, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations. Swallowing air by chewing with the mouth open, talking while chewing can also cause it.

Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, using medications that irritate the stomach lining, can also cause indigestion or make it worse.

Signs

Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • pain or burning in your upper stomach¬†after eating- usually in the middle
  • nausea
  • chronic fatigue
  • bloating
  • burping that you have a hard time controlling
  • heartburn
  • abdominal pain
  • chronic bowel irritation
  • vomiting
  • acidic taste

How to get rid of Indigestion Now

The best way to avoid indigestion is to determine the cause. If the cause is as simple as eating without talking, or eating slowing, a change in eating habits will get rid of indigestion. If the cause is more serious like intestinal distruction, lack of friendly bacteria, improper absorption of nutrients, or gallbladder, liver, or pancreas disorders treatments will involve probiotics, high fiber diets, and addressing the gallbladder, liver or pancreas disease.

Talk to your doctor

If you have indigestion frequently, you should talk to your doctor. It may be a sign of a more serious condition.

You may need further tests if you have indigestion and:

  • have symptoms that are severe and don’t respond to treatment
  • your stool is black
  • vomit blood
  • vomit persistently
  • lose weight very quickly without trying to
  • feel generally unwell
  • have difficulty swallowing