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How to Prevent Indigestion

How to Prevent Indigestion

The best way to prevent indigestion is to avoid the foods and situations that seem to cause it.

Here are some other suggestions:

* Eat small meals so the stomach does not have to work as hard or as long.

* Eat slowly.

* Avoid foods that contain high amounts of acids, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.

* Reduce or avoid foods and beverages that contain caffeine.

* If stress is a trigger for your indigestion, learn new methods for managing stress, such as relaxation and biofeedback techniques.

* If you smoke then Quit Smoking.
Smoking can irritate the lining of the stomach.

* Cut back on alcohol consumption, because alcohol can also irritate the stomach lining.

* Avoid wearing tight-fitting garments, because they tend to compress the stomach, which can cause its contents to enter the esophagus.

* Don’t exercise with a full stomach.

* Don’t lie down right after eating.

* Sleep with your head elevated (at least 6 inches) above your feet and use pillows to prop yourself up. This will help allow digestive juices to flow into the intestines rather than to the esophagus.

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