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Indigestion

Indigestion

Indigestion occurs when the body has trouble breaking down and assimilating foods into nutrients. The correct medical term is dyspepsia. The discomfort can happen to anyone, although the people more likely to experience it are pregnant women, people who eat a lot of refined or processed foods and those who drink a lot of coffee or alcohol or who smoke.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include heartburn or a burning/pain sensation in the stomach and sternum area, feeling bloated or heavy after a meal, gas, flatulence, belching, nausea and a poor appetite. Vomiting sometimes occurs.

Causes

A large portion of digestive problems can be traced to what kinds of food are eaten and to poor eating habits. For example, processed, refined or altered food stresses the digestive organs and can wear them out. Saturated fats and hydrogenated oils can slow down digestion. Consuming large amounts of coffee, alcohol and cigarettes can cause a condition where the stomach is overly acidic. Other things that can contribute to indigestion include eating too fast, eating under stress, not chewing your food well and drinking a lot of liquids with your meals which serves to dilute the digestive acids. Other factors that may come into play are the acids and enzymes of the stomach, food allergies or sensitivities and certain combinations of different types of food.

Cautions

See your doctor for indigestion problems when you feel continuous pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in your chest even after taking antacids; if you develop shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, sweating, dizziness, fainting, a general weakness or pain that radiates from your chest into your back, arms or jaw; or if you also have changes in the appearance and frequency of your bowel movements. Consult your doctor if stomach pain is frequent and causing you distress.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

External Applications

For mild indigestion, use the following oils in a burner or massage over the stomach. When using in massage, always dilute oils in carrier oil. Essential oils that may be useful include; basil, chamomile and peppermint.

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