What is it?
Millions of people all over the world suffer from a common digestive problem called acid indigestion symptoms that give them a burning sensation in their stomachs. Also known as dyspepsia, such indigestion and the accompanying discomfort is fallout of acid reflux.
Acid indigestion symptoms include burning in the stomach and chest after eating, fullness feeling in the abdomen, acid taste in the mouth, belching, nausea, formation of too much gas in the stomach (flatulence) and constipation. These symptoms create extreme discomfort with the burning sensation reaching up to the throat and may also lead to a loss of appetite.
Dyspepsia symptoms occur due to various reasons like eating excessively oily and spicy food, smoking, consuming alcohol and stress. Consumption of citrus foods, chocolates, caffeinated and carbonated drinks and drinking milk on an empty stomach cause acid indigestion. A sedentary lifestyle with little or no physical activities is also a causative factor.
A change in diet can bring about a lot of improvement and control of acid indigestion symptoms. Our primary diet should consist of foods rich in protein and whole grains. The fibrous foods keep the pancreas from getting over-stimulated. The secondary foods in our diet have to contain fresh fruits. The tertiary category of foods should preferably include dairy and poultry foods like milk, cheese, chicken and egg. Our diets must also have enough of vitamins to facilitate metabolism and ensure digestion, growth and immunity of the body. For proper digestion, herbs like ginger, cardamom, clove and cumin seeds are also essential.
Instead of merely depending on antacids to alleviate the acid indigestion symptoms, we can prevent it by a change in lifestyle. Some of these are avoiding foods that give us the symptoms, avoiding smoking and alcohol and cutting on fast foods. Daily walking and doing light exercises and avoiding tight clothes also help in curbing the acid indigestion symptoms.