Indigestion- Causes, Symptoms & Common Solutions

Indigestion or you can say Dyspepsia may be caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the sensitive, protective lining of the digestive system. The stomach acid breaks down the lining, leading to irritation and inflammation, which can be painful.

Symptoms of Indigestion :

Indigestion- Causes, Symptoms & Common Solutions

Indigestion is not a disease. But, It’s a group of symptoms like, discomfort or burning in your upper abdomen, heartburn, belching, bloating, nausea or vomiting. Also you may feel full too quickly after starting to eat or discomfort or pain in upper abdomen just after eating food.

Causes :

Some of the common causes are :

  • Over eating
  • Too much coffee or alcohol
  • Eating too fast
  • Eating too much Oily & Spicy foods
  • Smoking habits
  • Some specific kind of medicines
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Irregular food timings

However, under certain conditions, indigestion can be a cause of GERD ( Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease ), Gallbladder disease, or even Ulcers too.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

You should seek immediate medical attention if the discomfort or pain in upper abdomen remains for more than two weeks. The pain can be severe too.

Some Common Solutions Or Home Remedies For Indigestion :

  1. Do not take bath just after having your food. Because when we eat something, our body’s temperature rise in order to digest the food. On the contrary, if we take bath, it decreases our body’s temperature, making it difficult for it to digest the food eaten.

2. Do not drink water just after having your meal, as water dampens the digestive fire, which leads to improper digestion of food. It also create toxins in our body. According to Ayurveda, drinking water just after having your meal, is compared to poison even.

3. Most importantly, wrong food combinations also does hamper our digestive process. You can check our article on some common wrong food combination here, to know better.

4. Avoid having all purpose flour, ajinomoto, deep fried foods, or any kind of fast foods to improve your digestion.

5. Eat your food as much fresh as you can. Fresh foods get easily digested, rather than the food which is prepared 1 to 2 days ago, and refrigerated.

6. Try to not to be stressed out, as our brain gut is strongly connected to our digestive system of body. Give yourself some break and try to be calm.

7. Try to have your food on time. Irregular food timings, skipping breakfast, late dinners, midnight munching are becoming common food habits these days. As a result, our body fails to secrete the digestive enzymes.

8. Chew food properly, so that it can be easier for our digestive system to digest the food. Whenever you don’t chew food properly, our digestive system has to work harder to digest the food. So, to stay energetic, as well as to have a fit digestive system you need to chew your food properly.

9. Subsequently, keep changing the grains you are having. Don’t have one same kind of food each & every day. Keep changing your food, to get stronger digestive system.

10. Meanwhile, add probiotics in your daily food menu. Probiotics are the good bacteria which keep your digestive system stronger by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria. Have Curd with some jaggery before breakfast. Add more fermented foods to add more probiotics in your daily food.

11. Above all, add 2-4 teaspoon Ghee in your daily diet. Ghee is rich in butyric acid, which serves as a major source of energy for the colon and the large intestine – two organs that play a vital role in the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste. Ghee helps to keep the food pipe lubricated and intestine soft, and allows smooth elimination of waste.

12. Have quality sleep for 6-8 hours for better and healthy digestion as well as try to sleep on your left side for proper digestion as sleeping on left side prevents acid reflux.

13. Chew a small piece of ginger with rock salt before meals, as it instantly fires up the digestive system.

14. Moreover, have fennel seeds after each meal to speed up your digestion.


So, these are some common practises to keep your digestive system healthy, and to get rid of indigestion.

Hope this helps.

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