Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a condition of impaired digestion. Symptoms may include upper abdominal fullness, heartburn, nausea, belching, or upper abdominal pain.

Many who suffer from digestive distress such as heartburn or indigestion often seek relief from over the counter heartburn medicines, such as Antacids, H2 blockers, and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs).

All of these solutions work in some way to reduce stomach acid, however do not address the cause of the discomfort.

Fortunately, there are other options you can try that may help to prevent Heartburn and Indigestion, naturally.

Occasional heartburn and acid discomfort after a meal are often symptoms of impaired digestion resulting from a variety of factors including lifestyle and diet. Try following these 5 dietary tips.

1. Be Belly Smart

Be gentle to your digestive system, as it may not react well to certain foods. Put down the fried foods and make an effort to add healthy alternatives into your diet. Tomatoes and acidic foods are the worst, as well as alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.

2. Chew Well

The enzymes in your mouth and the grinding action present the stomach with a pre-digested mush rather than large chunks of undigested food.

3. Don’t Over-do it

Even though you might be given a huge plate of food at a friends BBQ, be careful how much you overindulge. Your stomach will thank you.

4. Get Up and Move

While sometimes it is tempting to take a nap or lie down after eating, it is important to stay active. A healthy body is one that gets plenty of exercise and sleep.

5. Natural Enzyme and Herbal Supplements

Occasional heartburn and acid discomfort after a meal are often symptoms of impaired digestion. This may be a result of several factors including diet, lifestyle and age. Enzymes such as amylase, lipase and cellulase ensure proper breakdown, absorption and utilisation of nutrients from foods. Herbs such as marshmallow root (Althaea Officianalis) and Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) as well as papaya fruit powder, may provide relief (naturally) when indigestion hits. For optimum results, look for a pure, quality product with no fillers, excipients, or flow agents.

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