Everyone has experienced it – a feeling of premature fullness during a meal, an uncomfortable fullness after a meal, or a burning or pain in the upper abdomen. Indigestion, also called dyspepsia, can afflict anyone, no matter their age. Some people experience it every once in a while; others experience it every day.
While indigestion can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, it often occurs for no apparent reason. Certain foods can trigger indigestion, as can stress or eating too quickly. Here are some tips that will help you avoid uncomfortable indigestion at your next meal:
• Watch what you eat. Foods that contain acid, including tomatoes and citrus fruits, are more likely to upset sensitive stomachs. Try to avoid them. Other foods that have been linked with indigestion include high-fat foods and spicy foods.
• Watch what you drink. Alcohol can irritate your stomach lining, so you might want to rethink that extra cocktail the next time you’re out with friends. If you’re one of the many Americans who start their days off with a cup of joe, you might want to make a change. Coffee and carbonated drinks are both known to cause indigestion. Then again, some companies are producing products that allow those with sensitive stomachs to enjoy their favorite beverages.