Last Modified on Aug 17, 2014
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.
[YEA] 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.
WOW....OMG.....AFTER 7 DAYS OF OF FEELING LIKE I WAS GOING TO DIGEST MY GUTS!!! I FINALLY FOUND THIS WEBSITE I TOOK 2 TABLESPOONS OF ACV IN 8 OZ OF WATER AND WITHIN AN HALF HOUR I FEEL MUCH BETTER. SO FAR VERY GOOD.
EMPTY IN MONTANA
I tried a teaspoon of ACV and tsp. of good honey in a cup of water, and it cured my indigestion. Drink it slowly (sip for 2 hours).
[YEA] 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.
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.
Hi this is Shweta from Mumbai. I have been suffering from problem of acidity and indigestion from last 2 months due to which I used to feel nauseatic entire day, also had bad breathing problem, loss in appetite. First I did allopathy treatment but no results were seen. Now I have started Ayurvedic treatment. Now I don't feel like vomiting also I feel like having food, the only problem is that breathing problem is getting worse. After every 2-3 breaths I feel like taking bigger breath. All my doctors told it's very normal. All my reports are normal. Please let me know if it is due to indigestion. Also please suggest some remedies..