State any one piece of advice you would give to a person who suffers from indigestion.

  • To chew food properly
  • Eat food rich in roughages
  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
  • drink enough water


  1. Eat small meals so your stomach doesn’t have to work as hard or as long.
  2. Eat slowly.
  3. Avoid foods with a lot of acid, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
  4. Limit spicy foods.
  5. Limit fried and greasy foods.
  6. Cut back on or avoid foods and drinks that have caffeine.

What is indigestion?

Indigestion is not an actual illness. Rather, it’s a series of symptoms that occur while eating or shortly after. While an upset stomach could be caused by a more serious condition, it can often be a matter of eating the wrong thing the wrong way. Common symptoms include:

  • Bloating and tightness caused by a buildup of gas
  • Fullness: it can happen early during the meal or shortly afterward and last longer than it should
  • Upper abdomen discomfort: you could feel mild to strong pain or burning between your breastbone and belly button
  • Belching to release the gas
  • Nausea or vomiting

How to prevent upset stomach

Mild and occasional cases of indigestion can be relieved by changing what you eat and how or when you eat. If you occasionally experience indigestion, try these tactics to alleviate the symptoms and frequency of occurrence:

  • Avoid eating foods that trigger indigestion (some dishes that didn’t bother us at one time in life may be troublesome at other times); common culprits include fatty, greasy, spicy and/or highly acidic foods
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day; aim for five or six instead of the big three—breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Keep an eye on the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume (caffeine can be found in tea, chocolate and soft drinks as well as coffee)
  • Monitor your stress and anxiety; they can also show up as indigestion
  • You may also want to avoid some pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve)
  • Iron supplements may also contribute to indigestion
  • You can often treat occasional indigestion by taking an over-the-counter antacid (be sure to follow the package directions and make sure you’re taking the correct type of antacid)
  • Try incorporating ginger, oatmeal, non-citrus fruits, egg whites and healthy fats into your diet
  • To avoid ingesting too much air when you eat, try chewing with your mouth closed and slowing the pace at which you eat
  • Avoid late-night meals, then sit up and relax after a meal and don’t lie down too quickly
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