Indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux – what’s the difference?
Oversensitive to gas. Some people think that gas may be to blame for colic.
Perhaps only 10% of those affected actually seek medical attention for their indigestion. Indigestion is not a particularly good term for the ailment since it implies that there is “dyspepsia” or abnormal digestion of food, and this most probably is not the case. In fact, another common name for dyspepsia is indigestion, which, for the same reason, is no better than the term dyspepsia! Doctors frequently refer to the condition as non-ulcer dyspepsia to distinguish it from the more common acid or ulcer-related symptoms. Some people who experience heartburn report to others that they have a case of indigestion.
However, full cream milk can lead to the production of more acid by your stomach (7). Hence, you must only consume fat-free skimmed milk to treat indigestion. Lemon essential oil has alkaline and carminative properties, which help neutralize the stomach acid and treat indigestion (3). It also has antibacterial and detoxifying properties that can help in cleansing your digestive system (4). Most people who have indigestion lead a normal life.
It is usually safe to drink spearmint teas several times daily until symptoms improve. Sucking on spearmint candies may also help to reduce heartburn. Smoking can irritate the throat, increasing the likelihood of an upset stomach.
To prepare chamomile tea, place one or two teabags in boiling water for 10 minutes. Pour in a cup and add honey, if desired. Drink the tea as needed to stop indigestion. Your favorite foods can delight your taste buds. But if you eat too fast or consume too much of these foods, you may experience occasional indigestion.
Indigestion (Upset Stomach)
These conditions typically result from the acid in your stomach, which helps break down your food, upsetting the upper part of your gut. The majority of the time we never give our digestive systems a second thought. Itâ€™s only when they play up, and we suffer indigestion or uncomfortable bloating that we sit up and take notice.
How you can treat indigestion yourself
Symptoms of indigestion can include uncomfortable abdominal fullness after eating, or you may have pain or a burning sensation in your upper stomach. If you are overweight or obese, it is important to lose weight safely and steadily through regular exercise and by eating a healthy, balanced diet. See the Health A-Z topics about Obesity and Diet for more information. For most mild cases of indigestion (dyspepsia), treatment from your GP is not needed and making certain changes to your diet and lifestyle can control your symptoms.
Research in indigestion is difficult. Indigestion is defined by subjective symptoms (such as pain) rather than objective signs (for example, the presence of an ulcer). Subjective symptoms are more unreliable than objective signs in identifying homogenous groups of patients.
Moreover, if an EGD is planned, biopsies of the duodenum usually will make the diagnosis of celiac disease. A plain X-ray of the abdomen might be done during an episode of abdominal pain (to look for intestinal blockage or obstruction). Testing for lactose intolerance or a trial of a strict lactose-free diet should be considered. The physician’s clinical judgment should determine the extent to which initial testing is appropriate.
It the underlying cause is caused entirely or partially by lifestyle, medications listed above may help reduce symptoms, but changes in lifestyle (for example, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress, and quitting smoking) will produce the best results (see prevention section below). Watch what you eat. Avoid specific foods that trigger your heartburn, but also watch out for peppermint, caffeine, sodas, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, onions, and high-fat foods. Eat more fiber to keep your digestive tract moving and healthy.
Unfortunately, many patients stop drinking milk or eating milk-containing foods without good evidence that it improves their symptoms. This often is detrimental to their intake of calcium which may contribute to osteoporosis. Dietary factors have not been well-studied in the treatment of indigestion.