Mar 17, 2016
What Is Indigestion?
Indigestion is not actually a disease or disorder but rather symptoms associated with digestive functioning. Also called dyspepsia or upset stomach, indigestion is a general term that is used to describe discomfort located in the upper abdomen. Indigestion is a common complaint for many individuals; however, the actual experience of indigestion varies from individual to individual.
Symptoms of indigestion may be felt occasionally or even daily and often range in intensity. Many individuals who experience indigestion describe the feeling as an early fullness during a meal, an uncomfortable fullness after a meal or mild to severe pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Additional symptoms include burning in the upper abdomen, bloating or nausea. More intense cases of indigestion may involve vomiting or belching; however, these symptoms are not common. Additionally, severe indigestion that involves unintentional weight loss or loss of appetite, repeated vomiting, vomiting with blood, black or tarry stools, trouble swallowing and fatigue or weakness requires express medical treatment.
The causes of indigestion vary greatly and may be a result of lifestyle choices or even underlying health issues. Common factors that may cause indigestion include overeating, eating too quickly, consuming fatty, greasy or spicy foods, smoking, anxiety, excessive caffeine, alcohol, chocolate or carbonated beverages and certain antibiotics. Additionally, other digestive conditions may cause indigestion including gastritis, peptic ulcers, celiac disease, gallstones, constipation, pancreatitis or pancreas inflammation, stomach cancer, intestinal blockage and reduced blood flow to the intestine.
Indigestion can often be effectively treated with minimal lifestyle changes; however, additional treatment is sometimes required. Effective indigestion treatment often centers on eating slowing, chewing completely and selecting non-irritating or even anti-inflammatory foods. Additional indigestion remedies include apple cider vinegar, mustard, onion juice, kalunji juice and oregano oil. Monitoring and even recording one’s diet and gastric health or responses may also help regulate and treat indigestion.
Remedies for Indigestion
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I have recently been getting acute epigastric (top of stomach between ribs) pain about 1 hour after eating fried food. My stomach bloats right there and the pain is excruciating! The first time it happened I went to the ER because I thought for sure I must be having a heart attack; I was told it was gas. I tried taking anti-gas medicine and it does work but takes too long to kick in. I tried baking soda and water...not sure how much cuz I just poured it in, but probably at, least 1 "T"ablespoon, and it did work; I threw up within a couple of minutes. This is all before I knew the pain was grease induced. Tonight I ate fish and chips and sure enough it happened again. I grabbed the apple cider vinegar and poured about 2 Tablespoons in with about 1 cup of water and downed it. Within 2 minutes the bubble burst and all better. It does taste bad, but it does work!
Now I need to find the underlying cause; I hardly ever eat fried food, but I want to get to the bottom of the problem.
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Posted by Barbra (Vancouver, Bc Canada) on 05/15/2011
I started taking 2 Tbsp. ACV in 1 cup of warm water first thing in A.M. before breakfast, hoping it wd help my diabetes. I have been taking this for 4 days now and my abdomen has shrunk remarkably! This may sound gross, but from the start I began belching up gas all day long. Obviously my stomach has been swollen for a few years due to trapped gas that just swelled my belly. Otherwise, I was not overweight. No amount of exersize helped. I am just elated and now hope that it will help my diabetes as well.
Posted by Toni (Montana) on 08/12/2009
Wow..... .....after 7 days of of feeling like I was going to digest my guts!!! I finally found this website i took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water and within an half hour I feel much better. So far very good.
Empty in Montana.
Posted by Andoy (Boise, Id) on 09/13/2011
I tried a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar and tsp. of good honey in a cup of water, and it cured my indigestion. Drink it slowly (sip for 2 hours).
Posted by Elaine (Los Angeles, California) on 03/17/2016
An aunt of mine years ago suggested using 1 or 2 bay leaves in a hot cup of water for indigestion. Give it a try when there seems to be a lump in your upper abdomen especially after eating a heavy meal and you think you need one of those over-the counter anti-acid pills that are not so good for you. Bay leaf has worked for me countless times.
Posted by Stea (Albany, Ny) on 04/30/2013
Betaine HCl for indigestion/upset stomach/steatorrhea [loose stools that left greasy tracks in the toilet:( ]
Mustard (plain yellow prepared) for heartburn.
Both wonderful, thank you God.
Posted by Sara C. (Park City, IL) on 07/30/2009
I occasionally have acid indigestion from not eating enough high-fiber fruits and vegetables, which really do more good than those over the counter fiber powders. I have found that eating a couple of bananas a day when I get this not only puts an end to the excessive acid, because it keeps my stomach busy. I also feel better physically because bananas contain potassium, which is a vital trace element that is easily washed out of the body by drinking commercial soft drinks. The pectin in apples and other fruit will reduce your cholesterol count, especially the bad cholesterol, and using extra virgin olive oil in a salad dressing, instead of a bottled dressing, will do the same thing.
Here is my salad dressing for a salad of mixed greens and cut up vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery (I'm getting hungry!!)
Sprinkle freeze-dried mixed Italian herbs (you can mix them yourself) on the salad after all the vegetables and lettuce are in the bowl. This includes marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil. There is also the popular salt-free brand which has been around for decades, and I use that a lot in cooking. Add some fresh or freeze-dried dill. Add garlic salt to taste and coarsely ground black pepper. Drizzle the juice of half to one full lemon - stick to your taste level on this -- over the salad and herbs, then drizzle about one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over that, and toss the whole salad thoroughly, to coat all the lettuce and vegetables. Taste it before you finish it. Be conservative with the lemon juice, it can be bitter if too much is used.
My mother showed me how to make salad this way many long years ago, and it is the best thing you can eat. It is filling and will keep your digestive system regular if you eat this kind of salad every day.
Posted by Rick (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) on 12/09/2014
Normally, apple cider vinegar works great for my indigestion. But it wasn't quite enough this time. So I decided to gnaw on a little bit of ginger, and that seems to be doing the trick.
Side note - since I began adding magnesium chloride (the main ingredient in a concentration of liquid trace minerals) to my water, my digestion (and therefore lack of indigestion) has improved drastically. Although tonight was different, I rarely need anything more than just this water to digest food properly.
Posted by Sheri (Laughlin, Nevada) on 12/17/2008
I just turned 41 and started getting horrible indigestion, as painful as the worst freezer brain ever, but in the center of my chest. After trying Prilosec for a month, what a joke. I called my nurse after an 8 agonizing hour bout of indigestion, she prescribed Prevacid @ $178 for a 30 day supply, this was also crap! I was laying on my floor in agony and could hardly breathe it hurt so bad after taking 2 doses. 3-4 hours later I felt no improvement. I don't know why, but I got up and decided out of desparation to try drinking a few drops of regular bathroom peroxide, 4-5 looking drops worth from the cap, into a half full water bottle, less than 1 minute later, no exagerration, try for yourself, there wasn't even the faintest bit of pain! I went to bed and laid there waiting for it to return, it never came back, I was asleep within minutes! Everybody should give this a try, its amazing! This stuff is some kind of miracle concoction, I don't know what else to say, just try it!
Posted by Niloofar (London, United Kingdom) on 09/24/2008
my cure for all ailments basically is the blackseed its called kalaunji seeds.1tsp of kalunji seeds with honey in the morning and afternoon is the best idea. if the seeds are big grind them in a powder form as it eases digestion. try it and tell me any comments can be posted to my address. thankyou.
"The name of the seeds in most languages has a reference to the word 'black'. For instance,
Latin: nigella (niger)
Hindi: kalonji (kala)
Italian: grano nero (nero)
Arabic: kamun aswad (as"wad)
Posted by Simon (Bath, England) on 02/20/2012
Whenever I feel that something hasn't gone down properly, or that I've tried to stuff too much down (I do tend to over-eat sometimes... ) I just have a mint or two. They are strong laxatives, so they basically flush everything through the system. I don't think chewing gum works quite the same (even if it is strongly minty), so there must be something in the extra strong mints...
Maybe it is for this reason that restaurants often give a free mint after a meal?
Posted by Tana (Glen Innes) on 02/14/2014
Thank you so much for this advise about mustard. I have been suffering for days now with indigestion, relentless burping, I've been taking ACV regularly for a few years now, but does not seem to settle this condition. all I had in the cupboard was mustard seeds, so in desperation, I chomped on about 2 teaspoons & swallowed. IT WORKED! 90% relief in about 10 min. YEAH!
Posted by Heather (Yelm, Washington) on 09/01/2012
Tried this mustard remedy tonight, was having terrible indigestion-- bloating, burping, lots of discomfort in my stomach. Had between 1/2-1 teaspoon of regular yellow mustard, and almost instantly it reduced the indigestion by a good 80%.. It's stayed that way and has been probably 10 minutes since I took it. Not perfect, but close to it! Definitely would recommend to others in the future!
Posted by Britt1001 (Little Rock, Ar) on 01/26/2010
I had my gallbladder removed a few years ago soon after I had my daughter. My doctor informed me since my body would no longer be able to process fat that I will have indigestion. At the time I had no clue what indigestion was and never took what the doctor said seriously. One day I was in excruciating pain and could barely move with no idea of what it could be. After a few calls, I found out that this pain was indigestion. The last call I made was to my cousin and she informed me to take a tablespoon of yellow mustard. I took the mustard (squirting it down my throat) and instantly my indigestion was completely gone. For instant relief of indigestion take mustard. Apple Cider Vinegar works also but mustard is a lot easier to swallow.