Everyone has experienced indigestion at one point or another, and it can definitely put a cramp in your day. We all know the symptoms, like that feeling of being too full or a burning sensation in the top of your stomach after a meal. While indigestion can be a passing nuisance, it may also signal an underlying issue that is more serious. If you experience indigestion often, it may be time for a visit to Advance Health and Wellness.
Both men and women of all ages can get indigestion. Certain lifestyle choices, like eating too much, too fatty, or too spicy foods, having a highly stressful life, or smoking and drinking alcohol can increase the risk of experiencing a case of indigestion in anyone. Many medications have also been linked to indigestion, such as aspirin, birth control pills or estrogen supplements, thyroid medicines, steroids, or certain antibiotics.
If you do not have a lifestyle that is considered “high risk” for indigestion, and you do not regularly take any of the aforementioned medications, there could be a condition causing your indigestion, instead of it being its own problem. Such conditions include: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallbladder disease, ulcers, stomach infections, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas, thyroid disease, and rarely, stomach cancer. A condition in which the stomach does not properly empty itself, called gastroparesis, could also trigger indigestion.
Women very often experience indigestion during pregnancy, especially the second and third trimester. This may be due to hormones that relax the muscles of the digestive tract or from pressure on the stomach caused by the growing baby.
There are quite a few ways to prevent indigestion at home, so long as it is not the result of an underlying condition like one of those listed previously. If you smoke, quitting could help. Don’t drink alcohol as often, excessively, or at all. Avoid eating spicy foods, and no matter what you are eating, do not eat in excess or too quickly. Cut back on very acidic foods like citrus, tomatoes, or garlic. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time between meal time and bed time. Work on your stress levels and never eat when you are stressed, especially not because you are stressing.
Sometimes following these guidelines to avoid indigestion is not possible or it simply doesn’t work. Indigestion can at times be inevitable. When you experience indigestion symptoms you can try over the counter or prescription drugs specifically meant to target them. If you are hoping for solutions and treatments that may prevent recurring bouts of indigestion, however, Advance Health and Wellness may be able to help. Our team of professionals can try to zero in on your unique causes of indigestion, discuss your frequently occurring symptoms, and go over treatments and therapies available through our practice that could help you greatly reduce or eliminate your indigestion problems.
No one wants to go through the painful and annoying symptoms of indigestion. There are far too many amazing, local, and unique flavors in a city like Nashville to let an often treatable and preventable condition like indigestion stand in your the way of trying them all!