You know it when you feel it, we have all had it at some point or another- that full, uncomfortable sensation in your belly during or after a meal. You might have burning or pain in the upper part of your stomach, too. It’s known as indigestion, also known as dyspepsia.

More than 60 million people get heartburn at least once a month. Sometimes the cause can be simply a bag of chips! Some less obvious heartburn triggers include fish oil supplements, peppermint, and prescription medications.

Indigestion can also be a sign of an underlying problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease, rather than a condition of its own. Any treatment you get will depend on what the cause is. But there are ways you can feel better or avoid getting it.

Today I was joined by a ZEE Companion regular Dr Mukund Patel, a General Practitioner. He started a group practice in Wood Green in 1975. During his work as a GP, he was involved in teaching medical students and GP Registrars.

He said that if you were experiencing acidity and heartburn you should try the following:

  • Eat at least three hours before bedtime
  • Don’t lie down after eating
  • Avoid triggering foods like fatty and spicy foods
  • Keep a healthy weight

Not so long ago I suffered from a horrendous form of acid reflux and I hated it, it drove me crazy for a week and honestly I felt like I was going to collapse. Although I did go to the Doctor and get antibiotics I tried all of these remedies to ease the pain. You never know, they may help you too J

Here are some of my personal remedies for Acid Reflux:

Chewing gum: Besides eliminating garlic breath, chewing gum after a meal might have other advantages, research suggests. In a small study from the Journal of Dental Research, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms experienced heartburn relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for a while.

Loosen Up: Heartburn happens because the contents of your stomach are going back up into your oesophagus, where the stomach acids burn the tissues. You could be having an episode of heartburn because tight clothing is binding your stomach. If that’s the case, the first thing to do is loosen your belt.

Get to the Counter:  There are plenty of heartburn remedies you can reach for at just about any pharmacy or grocery store such a Rennies or Pepto Bismol, it tastes like TLC, but does the job. These medicines come in three classes: antacids, H2 blockers, and protein pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs block acid production. H2 blockers reduce how much acid your stomach makes. H2s are usually used for preventing heartburn, but they can also help with symptoms. Antacids neutralize stomach acid.