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:
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.
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.