Indigestion is something that affects many of us – especially when things get stressful. Luckily there are ways to treat it so it doesn’t ruin your day – and Superdrug has a great range of products to help ease its symptoms. Read on to discover our top tips on how you can get rid of indigestion.
What is Indigestion?
Also referred to as an upset stomach, indigestion is when you have discomfort in the upper half of your abdomen (dyspepsia) or chest. Symptoms can include feeling uncomfortably full or bloated, belching, acid reflux, nausea and burning pain in your chest (also referred to as heartburn). It’s a common issue and happens when too much stomach acid comes into contact with the sensitive lining of the gut, causing it to become inflamed and irritated.
Indigestion is usually caused by the foods you eat, but can also be triggered by stress, smoking, pregnancy and alcohol – as well as certain medications. It can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious issue such as a stomach ulcer or a hiatus hernia, so if you’re in a lot of discomfort for a long period of time, consult your GP for further advice.
How to Get Rid of Indigestion
If you’re feeling the burn and not in a good way, there are ways to send indigestion packing. Normal cases of indigestion don’t require a visit to the doctor, you can avoid it by cutting down on food and drinks that cause a lot of acids to build up in your stomach, such as alcohol, coffee and coca-cola, as well as fatty, sugary and spicy foods. It’s also a good idea to wait at least two hours after eating before you exercise, and have your evening meal at least three or four hours before you go to bed.
While you may be tempted to take ibuprofen or an aspirin to get rid of the discomfort, this can actually make your indigestion worse. The best thing to do is neutralise the acid in your stomach with an antacid remedy. Superdrug's Indigestion and Heartburn Relief with Aniseed contains sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate to settle the stomach, plus it’s sugar-free, so diabetics can use it too (but always check with your GP first).
And for when you’re out and about, Superdrug’s Indigestion Relief Tablets are handy to carry in your handbag or pocket. With a pleasant peppermint flavour, they work fast to combat bloating and acidity on the go.
Milk thistle is a herbal ingredient that also works wonders for an upset stomach – especially if you’ve been overindulging in the food and alcohol department! Try Superdrug’s Milk Thistle Tablets to help relieve indigestion and detox your liver at the same time.