Indigestion may also be due to the lining of your digestive system being overly sensitive to acid, or the “stretching” caused by eating. The main symptom of indigestion is pain or a feeling of discomfort in your upper abdomen (dyspepsia). People often experience the associated feeling of burning behind the breastbone (heartburn), but this may occur on its own.
Many drugs are frequently associated with indigestion, for example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen), antibiotics, and estrogens). In fact, most drugs are reported to cause indigestion in at least some people with functional symptoms. Indigestion is a chronic disease that usually lasts years, if not a lifetime. It does, however, display periodicity, which means that the symptoms may be more frequent or severe for days, weeks, or months and then less frequent or severe for days, weeks, or months.
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Simply use one of either kind of tea bag to a cup of water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes before drinking.
8. Stir a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water and drink it.
The common placebo response in functional disorders such as indigestion also may explain the improvement of symptoms in some people with the elimination of specific foods. The symptoms most often are provoked by eating, which is a time when many different gastrointestinal functions are called upon to work in concert.
When to see your doctor
The acidity and other nutrients in lime or lemon juice can help to digest and absorb fats and alcohol while neutralizing bile acids and reducing acidity in the stomach. For those with digestive issues, it is imperative to stay hydrated.
Some antacids also contain a medicine called an alginate. This helps relieve indigestion caused by acid reflux. If you smoke, the chemicals you inhale in cigarette smoke may contribute to your indigestion.
If stress is causing your indigestion, your doctor may recommend ways to help you reduce your stress, such as meditation, relaxation exercises, or counseling. Talk therapy can also help you learn how to reduce your stress.