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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