Have you over indulged this Xmas?
Christmas is just around the corner and this is the time we all tend to overindulge which for many of us can lead to us feeling bloated, uncomfortable and with indigestion. So here are some tips on how to avoid indigestion, treat it when you have it and when it may be an indication of a more serious problem.
Treatment of Indigestion
This will vary depending on what is causing it and how severe it is. If you only have indigestion occasionally with mild pain and discomfort, you may not need to see your GP for treatment. You can ease the symptoms by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Being overweight puts more pressure on your stomach pushing stomach acid into your oesophagus (acid reflux) – so lose weight.
Smoking can contribute to your indigestion as the chemicals in a cigarette may cause the ring of muscle that separates your stomach from your oesophagus to relax, allowing your stomach acid to back up into your oesophagus – so stop smoking.
Some foods and alcohol may make your indigestion worse. Try to find out which and avoid them. It is usually rich, spicy, fatty foods, or products which contain wheat such as pastry and yeast containing products like beer or wine, also drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol.
Avoid eating for 3-4 hours before you go to bed and prop you pillows up if you suffer indigestion at night
Check your medication is not affecting your indigestion.
If you need immediate relief, antacids and alginates will help to neutralise the acid. You can purchase these from our pharmacy. For more persistent symptoms you may have to see your GP for PPIs, H2 receptor agonists or prokinetics.
PPIs and H2 receptor agonists stop acid production while prokinetics help food pass through your stomach and the first part of your duodenum so indigestion is less likely. For more information pop in to talk to our pharmacist.