Just like constipation and heartburn, acid indigestion is a common digestive disorder and it is caused by irregular intake of food, overeating, consuming too much spicy foods, sleeplessness, going to bed right after a meal and smoking and alcohol addiction. If you are experiencing acid indigestion, it means that there is an excess amount of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Acid indigestion can lead to the loss of appetite, chest pain, flatulence, heartburn and fullness of abdomen.
Knowing acid indigestion symptoms can help an individual to better understand the disorder and to take necessary precautions.
The following are common acid indigestion symptoms:
- Poor appetite – a person with acid indigestion has the constant feeling that his stomach is full and he does not crave food.
- Heartburn – this happens when there is a reaction between stomach acid and oily and spicy foods during the digestion process. Heartburn is not in any way related to the heart, it is simply one of various acid indigestion symptoms though some people may mistake heartburn symptoms with heart attack. A person experiencing heartburn usually feels a burning sensation in the upper abdomen which gradually rises towards the chest and throat.
- Belching – gas coming from the digestive tract is released through the mouth and it is usually accompanied by a typical sound and bad odor.
- Flatulence – this is the production of gases in the abdomen and the individual experiencing acid indigestion often passes excess gas with bad odor through his rectum.
- Early satiety – this can occur due to acid indigestion where the individual feels full even after having eaten only a little amount of food.
- Vomiting – this is a symptom of chronic acid indigestion and is often the result of too much gas in the stomach as a result of skipping breakfast, irregular eating habits, too much smoking, addiction to alcoholic drinks and stress.
- Nausea – this occurs because of excess acid reflux to the esophagus and reaction to conditions like anxiety, worry, fear, etc. The feeling of nausea also provokes a person to vomit.
- Abdominal distention – swelling in the abdomen is also among common acid indigestion symptoms which is also caused by the excess production of gases. Abdominal distention usually happens when the individual is unable to physically and mentally cope with stress, tension and work pressure. This also develops due to stomach acid’s reaction to spicy and oily junk food.
If you are experiencing these acid indigestion symptoms, then you should start looking for ways to treat your acid indigestion. If the condition becomes chronic, it can lead to more health problems like unintended weight loss, stomach ulcers, constipation and severe stomach pain. Treating the symptoms of acid indigestion may require a doctor’s supervision or guidance though there are also some natural cures that can help you minimize the occurrence of the symptoms.
Here are some tips to fight stress-related factors that can cause or aggravate acid indigestion symptoms:
- Adapt a relaxation technique i.e. listening to music, meditation, etc.
- Learn techniques to manage your stress like expressing your feelings to friends or family, forming a positive attitude, etc.
- Avoid eating fast foods, smoking and consuming alcoholic beverages
- Eat healthy
- Sleep right
- Drink enough water