Possible Indigestion Causes - Common Triggers and Factors
What are some possible indigestion causes?
Indigestion is one of the most common medical conditions affecting the digestive system. It affects a good portion of the population and can cause discomfort and pain in severe cases. It can also make eating an uncomfortable experience.
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So what causes indigestion?
Indigestion occurs when the acid that is in your stomach backs up into your esophagus, or when your stomach itself is inflamed or irritated. You can suffer from indigestion at any time, although it is most commonly felt after meals.
Indigestion can feel like heartburn, gas, or a feeling of fullness or pain in your chest or abdomen. It may or may not be relieved by passing gas or belching.
There are several different indigestion causes and, depending on what the cause is, the symptoms may come and go quickly or linger.
Some of the common causes of indigestion are stress and anxiety, smoking, drinking excess alcohol, not eating regular meals, eating certain foods, and certain medications.
Some medications such as anti-inflammatory medicines that are used to treat arthritis, like naproxen, and aspirin, can cause indigestion. They can also be responsible for stomach ulcers as well.
There are certain foods that can relax the sphincter at the joint between your stomach and esophagus, and that can also irritate your lining. In addition, not eating regular meals can make the acid levels in your stomach build up and cause irritation, too. Thus, irregular meals can also be an indigestion cause or trigger.
Peptic ulcers, which occur when your stomach lining or your duodenum is inflamed, can be indigestion causes as well. Ulcers can also cause abdominal pain, a feeling of hunger, or even blood in your vomit.
A hiatus hernia can also cause indigestion. Sometimes, part of the stomach can slide up into the chest cavity and produce a hernia. While this is common, it can still cause acid reflux and heartburn, and therefore indigestion.
Dealing with the Causes of Indigestion
Luckily, there are natural ways that you can treat indigestion without needing to use any strong chemicals or medications. Reducing your stress levels can have positive benefits on digestion, so learning how to deal with stress in a more positive way is important. Many people find that their indigestion is worse when they hold stress in and do not find an outlet for it.
Cutting down on fatty foods, caffeine, and alcohol can also be helpful, as these are potential indigestion causes - caffeine and alcohol are stimulants, while fatty foods can be difficult to digest.
Some people find that their indigestion worsens when they are laying down flat on their backs, so try not to eat right before bedtime. When you do go to sleep, sleeping in a more upright position might prove to be helpful. Sometimes, the action of gravity can help reduce the acid reflux.
Smoking can have many adverse effects on your overall health, so stopping should become a priority. It can worsen the effects of indigestion and, once you stop, you might find that your symptoms are alleviated, or at least subdued.
Watching the way that you eat is important as well, as eating too quickly is a possible indigestion cause. Try to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. Resist the urge to eat on the go and take your time with your meals.
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