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Self-help: Preventing indigestion

Some measures can be taken to prevent or reduce the frequency of episodes of indigestion. You may find some of the following helpful:

Preventing indigestion
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  • Eat small portions of food at regular intervals without rushing or overfilling your stomach.
  • Avoid eating in the 3 hours before going to bed to allow your body enough time to digest food.
  • Reduce or eliminate your intake of alcohol, coffee, and tea.
  • Avoid rich, fatty foods such as butter and fried foods.
  • Keep a food diary to help identify foods that cause indigestion.
  • Learn to overcome stress, which can often trigger episodes of indigestion (see Relaxation exercises).
  • Try to lose excess weight and avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • If possible, avoid medicines that irritate the digestive tract, such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


Posted 09.09.2010


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