What is indigestion, really? Well, if you want the medical
definition, here's what WebMD has to say
about the topic:
"... indigestion is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness
or discomfort during or after a meal."
What is Indigestion in Your Terms?
If you want to translate that into layman's terms, just think of
symptoms like gas, stomach bloating, constipation, diarrhea,
burping and acid reflux, and a general sense of discomfort in
your digestive tract. You know the feeling ...
What's worse than the feeling of indigestion, which is bad
enough, is suffering through indigestion in public. Whether you
are at a dinner party or simply suffering from gas at the office
after a "gut bomb" lunch, indigestion can range from
uncomfortable to downright embarrassing! Luckily, there are quite
a few common sense steps you can take to relieve those icky
indigestion symptoms, such as stomach bloating.
Let's take a look at each symptom and see if we can't figure out
the answer to the question, "What is indigestion?" in each case.
Stomach bloating is really a sign that your stomach isn't
properly digesting the food you just ate. As a result, instead of
your lunch being properly digested and pushed through to the next
stage of digestion, the food just sits in your stomach ...
rotting, really, and generating a lot of uncomfortable gas that
causes the bloating. Acid reflux and burping usually also
originate from the stomach, and like stomach bloating, are a sign
that the food in your stomach isn't headed in the right
What can you do to "speed things along"? Some people have low
stomach acid, believe it or not, and need to take supplemental
Betaine HCL (available at your local health food store). Others
need additional enzymes. Read how enzymes can help with stomach bloating problems during the digestive process.
At the other end of the digestive system, there is constipation,
or the inability to have regular bowel movements. Constipation
can make you feel full and uncomfortable all the time, and is a
signal that you have too little water in your digestive tract.
Too little liquid in the digestive tract means that partially
digested food gets stuck, unable to exit your digestive system.
There are multiple natural solutions for constipation. Read this
articlefor more details and simple solutions.
The opposite of constipation is diarrhea, in which the digestive
tract has too much liquid and bowels are runny. This condition
could have you running for the bathroom often (and praying all
the way that you don't have an accident). As with constipation,
diarrhea is an indicator that your digestive tract is out of
balance. Similarly, you can also use simple natural solutions to
relieve this symptom of indigestion. Check out the details here.
Now if there is one symptom of indigestion that is truly
embarrassing, it's gas. Not only is intestinal gas smelly, but if
you are unable to pass gas you feel very uncomfortable. Either
way, digestive gas is a complication that you definitely want to
avoid. Read this article to find out how to avoid gas and how to cope with gas if you've got it!
Hopefully you now have a better idea of the answer to the
question, "What is indigestion?" More importantly, the natural
solutions suggested above should help you avoid the embarrassment
of coping with the symptoms of poor digestion, like stomach
bloating, gas, constipation and others. None of these solutions
is difficult to implement or expensive ... you just have to be