Indigestion covers a variety of signs and symptoms ranging from cramping in the stomach to wind, heartburn, belching, bloating after eating, constipation, and even pain in the bowel.

 

It’s usually a sign the digestive system is having difficulty coping with the break down of the food, and this is usually due to a lack of stomach acid and digestive enzymes within the small intestine, as well as the possible imbalance of bacteria in the gut.

 

The problem can be worsened if you tend to eat too quickly or don’t chew your food thoroughly. Overeating, drinking excessively, eating refined and processed foods, or eating when stressed all tend to worsen these symptoms.

 

Everyone differs on the type of food that may be addig to their indigestion. However, foodstuff that tend to be particularly stressful for the body to digest are red meat and cheese. It’s also recommended to reduce the intake of sugary and wheat-based foods like biscuits, cakes, and even croissants.

 

Caffeine, in any form, whether from coffee, chocolate, or tea, as well as onions, garlic, and citrus fruits, can be challenging to digest and cause acid reflux.

Tips on changing eating patterns

• Switch off the TV, computer, drop your phone or tablet and settle down to eat in a relaxed environment or setting
• Try going for a gentle walk after a meal, because it really aids digestion.
• Don’t take too much liquid with your meals since this dilutes the stomach acid. And you need it to digest your meals.
• Stay away from antacids that neutralize stomach acid, because you need stomach acid to digest your meals.
• Avoid eating fruits immediately after a large meal because it might ferment and cause bloating and/or excess wind
Some ways of incorporating these foodstuffs into your diet include;
o Using as the base of your salad
o Adding in soups and sandwiches

 

For your starter meal, try getting a small rocket salad with freshly squeezed lemon juice before starting the main course.

 

You could also add a small cap-full of apple cider vinegar into a cup of water and sip gently before each meal. This tactic helps in stimulating the digestive enzyme and stomach acid.
Consuming a diet that’s rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre will help bulk up your stool and allow it to move gently through the bowels.

 

Flaxseeds are a blend of soluble and insoluble fibre. Kalmfizz formula contains the highest concentration (91%) of Lactobacilli to support digestion, elimination, and the health of the small intestine.

 

Eat more fermented foods (prebiotics) to grow the good bacteria within the intestines and support a healthy digestive system, such as miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and fermented greens powders.

 

Many people suffering from indigestion also benefit from supplementing with a broad-spectrum microbiotic (sometimes referred to as probiotics) containing strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, as well as, a digestive enzyme formula that contains an enzyme to break down any food you may be consuming.

 

Common examples include; fats, proteins, carbohydrates, milk sugars, and starches, etc.