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Indigestion (cont.)

Prevention

Most episodes of indigestion go away within hours without medical attention. If indigestion symptoms worsen, consult a physician.

Indigestion caused by lifestyle habits can often be prevented.

  • Do not chew with your mouth open, talk while chewing, or eat quickly. This causes you to swallow air, which can aggravate indigestion.
  • Chew food completely and eat slowly.
  • Drink fluids after meals, rather than during.
  • Avoid late-night eating.
  • Avoid spicy, greasy foods.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Wait at least one hour after eating to exercise.
  • Always take aspirin and NSAIDs with food.
  • If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to a food, avoid the aggravating foods.
  • Meditation may help if indigestion is caused by stress or anxiety.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014

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