Other food flare-ups
Some people may feel a burning sensation rising up in the chest called heartburn, while others experience a more general feeling of fullness and discomfort in the upper abdomen after a meal. Sometimes, a more localised painful sensation just below the breastbone is felt or a combination of all three. Indigestion can occur by itself or may be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, retching or vomiting. It appears to affect 25%-41% of the population at any time with around a quarter of these visiting their GP for advice. Almost all of us are likely to experience indigestion from time to time, often after a heavy, spicy or fatty meal, sometimes when we have rushed our food but quite often when we have simply had too much to eat or drink.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition and one of the main causes of recurring indigestion. It’s caused by acid reflux, which occurs when the oesophageal sphincter fails to prevent stomach acid from moving back up into your oesophagus. Acid reflux occurs when there is acid backflow from the stomach into the esophagus. This happens commonly but can cause complications or troublesome symptoms, such as heartburn. Heartburn can limit your menu choices, interrupt your sleep, and interfere with your daily activities.
“If medication controls your symptoms, then it’s probably okay to have a ‘trigger’ food occasionally. But if you do that too often, the heartburn will return,” says Dr. Kyle Staller, a gastroenterologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. You may not have to take a medication to control GERD symptoms.
Just be sure to avoid any of the higher acid veggies like oranges, lemons, citrus, and tomatoes. While tomato juice is notoriously acidic, one study found that patients experienced reflux symptoms even when the pH of the drink was adjusted to neutral.
Treatment Options for GERD
Frequent or constant reflux can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). And heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus – the tube that connects the throat and stomach.
pH monitoring can check for acid in your esophagus. The doctor inserts a device into your esophagus and leaves it in place for 1 to 2 days to measure the amount of acid in your esophagus. 2. Melons.
You get a sour taste in your mouth if the acid reaches that far. Antacids (such as Gaviscon or Rennie) that neutralise acid help the pain. If youâ€™ve had it for years, itâ€™s clearly more likely to be indigestion than a heart attack.
Consuming smaller meals, eating slowly, and avoiding certain foods may help relieve symptoms of GERD. If after trying the above tips, you are still experiencing GERD, see your doctor. There are medications you can take to ease the symptoms of GERD. 1.
The goal is to create a diet based on a healthy variety of foods that include fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Another study found that risk of acid reflux increased as much as 70 percent in people who added salt to their food, suggesting that we could really stand to take the salt shaker off the table. Our suggestion? Skip the sodium and flavor your meals liberally with fresh herbs and spices instead. I know you didnâ€™t want to see this on the list.