Stuffed: What is Indigestion and How Can I Treat it?

December 6 2016

Jacqueline Rosenhek

 

It is one thing to feel satisfied after a really good maybe even hearty meal, but to feel bloated, cramped, nauseous and uncomfortable is a whole other thing and it probably means you have indigestion. Indigestion (also known as dyspepsia) is really more of a group of symptoms to describe impaired digestion rather than just a condition in and of itself and also has many different causes. The most common form of indigestion is called functional dyspepsia and more than 70% of people have it. This can have a number of causes such as food sensitivity, anxiety or even metabolic problems. Other forms typically have something to do with liver and pancreatic diseases such as pancreatic cancer, digestive infections such as gastroenteritis (typically known as gastro), and gastric or esophageal cancer or even having a stomach ulcer. However, it is also often caused by eating too much fatty food too fast combined with excessive stress and alcohol and nicotine.

The main symptoms of indigestion are bloating, nausea with possible vomiting, gas, acid reflux and stomach pain. It can really get in the way of enjoying the food you eat in numerous situations and it can be physically stressful. Thankfully there are numerous natural solutions to help with many of the different symptoms and to help prevent many of the problems that come with most forms of dyspepsia. One of the first steps towards a solution is to make some changes in your diet. Opt for more vegetables, the greener the better! Leafy, dark green vegetables contain lots of chlorophyll which will help to alkalize the digestive system and help to prevent and significantly reduce acid reflux as well as help to treat ulcers in the digestive system. They are also much easier for the body to digest and are less likely to cause bloating and gas. There are also certain roots and spices you can incorporate into your cuisine that can help to prevent some of the symptoms as well. Ginger is not only a very aromatic root that can be incorporated into many different dishes at home, but it is also a very useful root in helping to prevent nausea and vomiting. Turmeric is another root that is typically found in a powdered form that can be used to season food or be put into smoothies (it gives a nice little kick to a banana, peanut butter and protein smoothie) to help with bloating and overall digestive inflammation. Regularly drinking aloe vera can help to soothe ulcers and help reduce bloating as well due to the fact that it is a very alkaline substance and it helps to pass certain foods your body might have a hard time digesting. Chlorophyll supplements would also be quite useful for the same reasons, especially combined with milk thistle to help protect your liver. It is also important to take time while you eat and to not shovel large amounts of fatty food into your body at a quick rate, this will most certainly lead to digestive issues, as will excessive alcohol and nicotine. Take the time to maybe go for a short walk after your meal to help your body begin the digestive process and to help your metabolism a little bit. We live in a society where overeating is way too common and it leads to a lot of different problems, indigestion being one of many. Maybe it’s time we try to revolutionize healthy food habits and healthy lifestyle habits in order to prevent these problems.

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