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Acid Indigestion Symptoms and Remedies

 

In this article, I will be covering what acid indigestion is, going over acid indigestion symptoms, as well as giving a few powerful acid indigestion remedies.


What is Acid Indigestion?

First, understand that acid indigestion is an old-fashioned colloquial term. Several decades ago, the term acid indigestion was a commonly used layman’s term to describe both acid reflux and indigestion. Now, we know that acid reflux and indigestion are two different things.

As a result, it is essential to distinguish between reflux and indigestion as the two can have different treatment paths.


Symptoms of Acid Indigestion

Most people think of acid indigestion as heartburn. The symptoms of heartburn include:

  • Burning pain behind the sternum (breastbone)
  • Burping up food with a sour or bitter taste

Compared to the symptoms of indigestion which include:

  • Feeling full after eating, even if it is just a small amount of food.
  • Stomach pain (below the breastbone rather than behind it like heartburn)
  • Loss of appetite

Indigestion is just a term for general symptoms. Acid reflux can cause indigestion, but indigestion can occur in the absence of acid reflux. Ulcers, for example, can cause indigestion in the absence of heartburn.


Acid Indigestion Remedies

Whether you have acid reflux or indigestion, our top two heartburn remedies, chewing gum (non-mint) and drinking a teaspoon of vinegar, can both help reduce the symptoms of both. As a result, these two things can be considered acid indigestion remedies.

Both these home remedies promote digestion by causing a lot of salivary releases. The act of chewing also helps promote gastric motility which can decrease the symptoms, both acid reflux and indigestion.


Preventing Acid Indigestion

Both heartburn and indigestion and the combination of the two frequently be avoided in the first place. It is a lot easier to prevent acid indigestion from occurring than it is to stop it once it is already active.

The simplest thing you can do prevent acid indigestion is to lose weight. If you are overweight, you are much more likely to experience both heartburn and indigestion. Additionally, try to eat small meals throughout the day rather than one large meal. Large meals tend to provoke both heartburn and indigestion. Finally, avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine, as all three of these drugs are known to cause indigestion and heartburn.


When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor for your acid indigestion if you experience symptoms of heartburn or indigestion regularly (2x per week or more) as this may be the sign of a more severe condition such as an ulcer or hiatal hernia.

Both of these conditions can be tested for with a simple barium x-ray swallow. This involves drinking a solution containing barium and then having an x-ray of the abdominal cavity taken. The barium solution will line the gastrointestinal tract and can easily be picked up by x-rays.

A radiologist can quickly identify a peptic ulcer or a hiatal hernia off of the same set of the film.

Related posts:

  1. Heartburn and Gas Are Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Ulcers
  2. Gastric Reflux Disease: Symptoms, Diet, and Treatment
  3. Acid Reflux Symptoms in Women
  4. Heartburn and Sore Throat: Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease
  5. Symptoms of GERD

CAUTION: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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