Self-help: Preventing Indigestion

To prevent or reduce the frequency of indigestion try the following:

  • Eat small portions of food at regular intervals without rushing or overfilling your stomach.

  • Avoid eating in the 3 hours before going to bed.

  • Reduce or eliminate your intake of alcohol, coffee, and tea.

  • Avoid rich, fatty 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.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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