Question : I HAVE been having indigestion for two months now. I suffer from bloating, abdominal pain and a burning sensation after a meal.
Answer : SWALLOWING air by chewing with the mouth open or gulping down food, drinking liquids with meals, or alcohol, caffeine and spicy food can cause indigestion. Other causes include food allergies, lack of friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes.
If you are prone to indigestion, have well-balanced meals with plenty of fibre-rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain. Include fresh papaya and pineapple in your diet. These are good sources of beneficial digestive enzymes. Limit the intake of lentils, peanuts and soybeans which inhibit the enzymes.
Add Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Lactobacillus acidophilus LAS and Bifidobacterium lactis BB12 to your diet. The shortage of these friendly bacteria has been associated with indigestion. Friendly bacteria help to break down food so that it can be absorbed easily.
Try brown rice or barley broth for your bloating and heartburn. Use five parts water to one part grain. Boil the mixture uncovered for 10 minutes. Then, put the lid on and simmer for another 55 minutes. Strain and cool the liquid. Sip this throughout the day.
Always chew your food thoroughly and do not eat when you are upset. Do not drink liquids while eating. This dilutes the stomach juices and prevents proper digestion.
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