Acid indigestion is a very common stomach disorder. Here we are going to discuss causes, symptoms and remedies for this stomach disorder.
Ideally we should intake food which is 75% alkali and 25% acid based. Disturbance in this ratio or an increase in the acid content may lead you to acid indigestion. There are many causes which may result in further stomach problems. So, it is very important to know about the causes of behind this stomach disorder to get it cured in the initial stage itself.
The causes of acid indigestion are easily noticed and can be removed from our daily routine. Following are some of the common ones.
Change in Lifestyle
Change in lifestyle has nowadays become a cause for concern. Eating junk food, lack of exercises, smoking, intake of alcohol, etc. usually triggers acid indigestion. It is very important to control this cause and to concentrate on healthy food.
Obesity is a causative factor of many diseases. Overweight people often complain of constant indigestion as obesity creates pressure on the abdomen, which in turn, puts pressure on the stomach. This results in the opening of the esophageal sphincter valve due to which the acid flows back to the esophagus.
Some medications can cause acid indigestion. Medicines which have nitrates may relax your sphincter valve which may result in the back flow of acid to the esophagus. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen can also trigger acid reflux. Try to avoid these drugs if you have any kind of stomach problems and do not give it to children below 16 years without consulting the doctor.
There is a mucus lining in the stomach, esophagus and other organs which saves them from getting affected by the acid. When this layer breaks down due to some reason the acid affects the inner layer and stomach ulcers are formed. So we can say ulcers can be a symptom as well as a cause behind acid indigestion. Ulcers can be caused due to the regular intake of spicy food, alcohol, pain killers such as aspirin or may be because of some bacteria. These ulcers affect the digestive health. They are painful and become worse if not taken care of in time.
Eating more than the required amount can lead you to heartburn and indigestion. You should understand the need of your body and should decide what and how much you need to eat. Due to overeating, the body is unable to digest so much food together. Instead of eating a large meal two times a day, try to eat small meals four times a day. This will not only improve the digestion but will also help in taking more nutrition from the food.
Stomach cancer is also considered as one of the causes of acid indigestion. It breaks the mucus lining of the stomach due to which acid comes in contact with the inner lining of the stomach and results in ulcers.
Apart from the above given causes, irregular intake of food, drinking liquid with meal, lack of digestive enzymes, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness or sleeping immediately after a meal may also lead to indigestion.
Symptoms of acid indigestion may consists of heartburn, poor appetite, nausea, abdominal distention, vomiting, etc. Ignoring these symptoms may lead to serious consequences. Following are some of the acid indigestion remedies which can help you to get relief from this condition naturally.
- Drink at least 8 to 9 glass of water daily.
- Try to take proper sleep of at least 7 hours.
- Avoid junk food and concentrate on healthy diet.
- Switch to BRAT (Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) diet till you have this problem.
- Stop smoking and avoid the intake of alcohol.
I hope the indigestion causes and treatments given in this article will help you to improve your health without any medical assistance. But if you are not able to get relief from natural remedies then consult a doctor immediately.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.