Indigestion Symptoms - Your Body's Warnings
September 7, 2010 | By Rachel Leone USA, LLC

Do you eat fruits and vegetables every day? Do you have an exercise routine? Indigestion is usually caused by a poor diet and lack of physical activity.

Indigestion symptoms can range from mild to severe. Indigestion is an inability to properly digest food and beverages. Symptoms can include gas, abdominal pain, nausea, reflux or a growling or bubbling sensation in the stomach. The most common symptoms include stomach pain and fullness or discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen, often referred to as bloating. This is a sign that pressure is building up in the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to flatulence or belching. If pressure is relieved when gas is released, then the discomfort is probably a result of indigestion.

Occasional heartburn is one of the most commonly reported indigestion symptoms. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the esophagus, or food tube. This is caused by gastric acids in the stomach being pushed up into the esophagus. The esophageal valve should prevent this from happening. However, a heavy meal, irritating food, or some medical conditions can cause the esophageal valve to fail.

Indigestion symptoms can also include loss of appetite and nausea. When the stomach is in turmoil, a person may not feel like eating. This can be a result of your body's natural defenses against indigestion, or it can be from a person's fear to eat and feel digestive discomfort.

If you feel nauseous along with heartburn, you may experience sensations of food coming back up through the esophagus. The esophagus may become irritated and can contribute to ill feelings. In some severe cases, vomiting can be one of many indigestion symptoms.

Indigestion symptoms should be taken seriously. Indigestion is often self-diagnosed and no medical help is sought. If you're feeling sick, your body may be warning you of other health concerns. The fullness or pressure in the chest caused by heartburn is similar to many heart attack symptoms. Heart attack victims also report nausea and loss of appetite. If at any time, indigestion causes blood to be vomited, seek medical help immediately. This can be a sign of severe stomach ulcers or other significant health issues. If you see any persistent or severe indigestion symptoms, speak with a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

If you suffer from occasional indigestion symptoms, try these healthy lifestyle tips to naturally relieve your discomfort:

  • Add fiber to your diet.
  • Minimize alcohol, dairy products and conventional meats.
  • Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day.
  • Sleep at least seven hours per night.
  • Exercise at least 45 minutes on most days.

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