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Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity

Also indexed as:Bloating (Indigestion), Dyspepsia, Flatulence, Gas (Stomach), Gas, Bloating, and Fullness, Heartburn & Indigestion, Upset Stomach
Halt the heat. Stay away from foods that fuel the flames of heartburn and indigestion. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Halt the heat. Stay away from foods that fuel the flames of heartburn and indigestion. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Use charcoal for gas

    Take 388 to 584 mg of activated charcoal within two hours after a gas-forming meal to reduce flatulence.

  • Relax your gut with traditional treatments 

    Try a carminative herbal blend containing peppermint, caraway, and/or fennel to help relax intestinal cramping and relieve gas

  • Try artichoke

    Take an extract providing 500 to 1,000 mg per day cynarin if your indigestion may be due to insufficient bile production by the liver.

  • Get a checkup

    See your healthcare provider to make sure your symptoms are not related to a medical problem.

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.
  • Slow down at the table

    Take time to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.

  • Try lactase enzymes

    If your symptoms seem to be brought on by milk products, try taking lactase digestive enzymes before eating those foods.

  • Help digestion with pancreatic enzymes

    Taking enzymes at each meal that provide 30,000 USP units (IU) of lipase and also include protease and amylase enzymes can improve digestion.

  • Check for food sensitivities

    Work with a practitioner knowledgeable about food intolerance to see if certain foods make your symptoms worse.

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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