Acid Indigestion Symptoms
In this article, I will be covering what acid indigestion is, going over acid indigestion symptoms, as well as giving a few powerful acid indigestion remedies.
What is Acid Indigestion?
First, understand that acid indigestion is an old-fashioned colloquial term. Several decades ago the term acid indigestion was a commonly used layman’s term to describe both acid reflux and indigestion. Now, we know that acid reflux and indigestion are two different things.
As a result, it is important to distinguish between reflux and indigestion as the two can have different treatment paths.
Symptoms of Acid Indigestion
Most people think of acid indigestion as heartburn. The symptoms of heartburn include:
- A burning pain behind the sternum (breastbone)
- Burping up food with a sour or bitter taste
Compared to the symptoms of indigestion which include:
- Feeling very full after eating, even if it is just a small amount of food.
- Stomach pain (below the breastbone rather than behind it like heartburn)
- Loss of appetite
Indigestion is just a term for general symptoms. Acid reflux can cause indigestion, but indigestion can occur in the absence of acid reflux. Ulcers for example can cause indigestion in the absence of heartburn.
Acid Indigestion Remedies
Whether you have acid reflux or indigestion, our top two heartburn remedies, chewing gum (non-mint) and drinking a teaspoon of vinegar, can both help reduce the symptoms of both. As a result, these two things can be considered acid indigestion remedies.
Both these home remedies promote digestion by causing a lot of salivary release. The act of chewing also helps promote gastric motility which can decrease the symptoms both of acid reflux and indigestion.
Preventing Acid Indigestion
Both heartburn and indigestion and the combination of the two frequently be avoided in the first place. It is a lot easier to prevent acid indigestion from occurring than it is to stop it once it is already active.
The simplest thing you can do prevent acid indigestion is to lose weight. If you are overweight, you are much more likely to experience both heartburn and indigestion. Additionally, try to eat small meals throughout the day rather than one large meal. Large meals tend to provoke both heartburn and indigestion. Finally, avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine, as all three of these drugs are known to cause indigestion and heartburn.
When to See a Doctor
You should see a doctor for your acid indigestion if you experience symptoms of heartburn or indigestion on a regular basis (2x per week or more) as this may be the sign of a more serious condition such as an ulcer or hiatal hernia.
Both of these conditions can be tested for with a simple barium x-ray swallow. This involves drinking a solution containing barium and then having an x-ray of the abdominal cavity taken. The barium solution will line the gastrointestinal tract and can easily be picked up by x-rays.
A radiologist can easily identify a peptic ulcer or a hiatal hernia off of the same set of film.