9 Things That Cause Indigestion

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Indigestion is something everyone experiences at some point. Once in awhile you’re bound to eat something that doesn’t sit quite right with you. But what if this is happening at every meal?

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, comes with any of following symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Acidic taste
  • Extreme fullness
  • Stomach growling
  • Burning in the abdomen
  • Stomach pain

If you  are experiencing these things frequently, than there is most likely an underlying cause.

Gastritis

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Gastritis is a condition where the protective inner lining of the stomach becomes inflamed. This can come on suddenly (acute) or be a chronic issue that builds up and exists long-term.

Gastritis can be caused by anything that weakens the stomach lining. Some of the most common causes are as follows:

  • Extreme alcohol consumption
  • Consistent use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin)
  • Aging process
  • Stress
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Viral infections

Often simple lifestyle or habit changes can be enough to clear symptoms of gastritis.

Gallstones

Gallstones are hard deposits in your gallbladder that are made up of cholesterol, salt, or bilirubin. Some people don’t even realize they are there, but for some they get big enough that they block the release of bile. Before this happen one might begin to notice symptoms of indigestion. If gallstones do grow big enough to blog bile ducts it can escalate into a medical emergency.

Stomach Ulcers

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Stomach ulcers are sores in the stomach lining or small intestine. They are painful and can cause serious discomfort until resolved. They occur when the protective lining of the stomach is thinned and digestive acids eat away at the inner lining.

These ulcers are caused by infection, NSAIDS, steroids, genetics, stress or excessive consumption of alcohol.  

Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers can occur in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus or small intestine. They are usually caused because of inflammation from the infection H. Pylori, but may also be caused by alcohol, radiation therapy or stomach cancer.

Gallbladder Inflammation

Gallbladder inflammation is caused by gallbladder stones that rub up against the inner lining of the organ. It may also be caused by gallbladder cancer. This type of inflammation can cause pain in the upper abdomen, especially after one has eaten fatty foods.

Cirrhosis

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The liver is an incredibly hardy organ, responsible for helping the body absorb nutrients and purify blood. Cirrhosis is a condition where the liver has been damaged repeatedly over time (usually through alcohol consumption or chronic viral infections, although not always) and becomes scarred. The scarring prevents the liver from working properly and may even cause the liver to harden and/or shrink.

Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed. It comes on suddenly and can be due to a number of issues; including obstructions, viral infections, poor reactions to pharmaceutical medications and/or immune system reactions.  

If you have this condition you will feel pain within minutes of eating or drinking and it may spread from your abdomen all the way up into your shoulder.

Anxiety Disorder

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Our mental and emotional well being have a strong connection to our physical well being. Those with generalized anxiety disorder often experience powerful physical symptoms, including indigestion, stomach aches, butterflies, headaches, heart racing, etc. These may seem largely incontrolable to the sufferer.

If someone doesn’t recognize that they have an anxiety disorder they may blame the physical symptoms on something else.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an immune system response to gluten. If left untreated, it can slowly wear away at the villi in the intestinal tract, causing a wide range of symptoms including indigestion, bloating, pain after eating, poor bowel movements, behavioral issues, irritability, fatigue etc.

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Suffering from indigestion day in and day out is extremely frustrating! I don’t want you to continue on like that forever. And the good news is, in most cases, you don’t have to. Reach out for help. Keep researching on your own like you are doing while reading this blog.

What have you found helps you the most with indigestion symptoms?

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Drew Canole

Drew Canole

CEO at Fitlife.tv
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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