Indigestion

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What is indigestion?

Indigestion, or dyspepsia as its also known, is often characterized by a painful or even burning feeling in the upper belly area and a feeling of fullness. Along with IBS, dyspepsia is one of the most common functional digestive disorders.

When you get indigestion or an upset stomach, the digestion of your food is impaired in the short term. This often causes other symptoms such as:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain and / or cramps
  • Heartburn
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What causes indigestion?

The symptoms of functional indigestion are varied and so are the reasons behind them. The triggers of indigestion can be extremely diverse - in some cases, several causes can be responsible simultaneously. While sometimes the cause is a more serious issue, most often it is simply the consequence of enjoying too much food, too fast or being stressed. The most common causes of an upset stomach include:

  • Diet
    Foods that can contribute to indigestion include those that are high in fat or sugars, greasy food, spices, spoiled food, coffee and alcohol. Hastily eating, combined with insufficient chewing or taking large bites plays a similar role.
  • Stress
    When stressed the body releases hormones that limit the functions of the digestive system contributing to indigestion.

As mentioned, it’s important to not mistake your symptoms for something more serious. If your symptoms have persisted for more than seven days a month for the last three months or if you are concerned please consult your healthcare professional as they can advise you on appropriate treatment recommendations.

How can Iberogast® help?

The treatment of indigestion differs depending on the cause. Medications that target and alleviate several symptoms and possible causes simultaneously are particularly suitable. Iberogast can be effective on several parts of the digestive tract simultaneously (multi-targeted). Iberogast eases indigestion by stimulating the muscles in your digestive system and acting on related symptoms such as stomach pain and bloating.

Tips

Although experts have not yet found a cure, there are things you can do to relieve and limit digestive symptoms associated with the condition.

  • Eat well
    As well as eating foods that are easier to digest, also consider adapting the way you eat. It is best to slowly eat several small meals throughout the day, while paying attention to your chewing.
  • Take notes
    Keeping a journal of your mood, meals and symptoms to help you identify and avoid triggers.
  • Keep Calm
    Set clear limits to everyday stress, and use breathing exercises and techniques regularly. 
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Iberogast® harnesses the power of herbs to relieve multiple functional digestive symptoms

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.