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Indigestion

You’ll know when your digestive system is working the way it should.

Your digestive system is responsible for turning the food you eat into the energy needed to survive and carry out your normal daily activities. Read more about how you can reduce stomach pain or discomfort by treating indigestion.



Inflammation can upset the gut and prevent good digestion. Common problems like heartburn, indigestion and constipation are common symptoms that suggest that all is not well - and they can be triggered by food, drink, medication or eating habits.

Mild indigestion that happens now and again is nothing to worry about and can be treated by making some simple changes such as healthier eating or losing weight. The following tips may help prevent indigestion:
  • stop taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines
  • drink less alcohol, coffee or fizzy drinks
  • quit smoking
  • avoid large meals in the evening
  • avoid fatty or spicy foods if they make symptoms worse
  • reduce weight if you are overweight
Symptoms:

Lifestyle changes and increased stress may be to blame – but whatever the cause, the treatment focuses on relieving these symptoms.

Many people suffer from indigestion symptoms including:
  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • feelings of fullness
  • bloating
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • nausea
You should see a doctor if the discomfort is severe and ongoing, or if you have indigestion along with the following:
  • unintended weight loss
  • difficulty swallowing
  • persistent vomiting
  • blood or dark coloured stools
  • tightness or discomfort in your chest
  • family history of cancer

GAVISCON CHEWABLE TABLETS

Gaviscon helps to relieve the burning pain of heartburn and discomfort of indigestion.

It contains alginate - a gel substance which forms a barrier that helps to keep gastric contents in place, thereby reducing the likelihood of these irritating the delicate lining of the oesophagus.

Chew 1 or 2 peppermint flavoured tablets and swallow the gel up to four times a day.

The information in this article is for general information only and should not be construed as medical advice or a substitute for medical treatment. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your doctor or health professional.

​For more information: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/i/indigestion/