Indigestion and other abdominal pain can lead to many common health issues in addition to being quite crippling on their own.
Indigestion symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel and bloating are indications that something is out of line with your digestive system.
And that can impact so many aspects of your health and can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.
But indigestion relief is something that can be achieved fairly quickly when you figure out the root cause of the problem.
Here’s what a few of our Toronto naturopathic doctors have to say about indigestion causes and indigestion cures…
- Paying attention. Since what we eat obviously has a huge impact on our digestive systems, it’s important to start observing which foods may be contributing to your stomach pain or indigestion pain.
- Supplements. Taking supplements to correct imbalances can help tremendously with abdominal pain.
- Mindfulness. Many of us start emotional eating as a response to stress or other negative feelings. When we suppress our feelings by unconsciously consuming unhealthy foods or too much food, we’re likely to suffer from abdominal pain or indigestion. Learning about mindfulness and applying it to your eating and your daily life is a very effective technique for dealing with many health issues.
- The gut microbiome. Having a healthy, diverse group of bacteria and other microorganisms in the body is critical to healthy digestion.
- Proper diagnosis. Patients often refer to their abdominal pain as “stomach pain” when in fact, the issue may be in the intestine. An accurate diagnosis will help you identify which treatment can best relieve your discomfort.
- Elimination diet. This is a method of finding out which types of food should be removed from daily consumption. This will be supplemented by a regular intake of nutrients, glutamine, fiber-rich food, and probiotic supplements.
- Massage. Abdominal pain and indigestion can be alleviated with massage treatment such as the Maya Abdominal Therapy to relieve stress and release tension.
- Processed food. Abdominal pain and indigestion are often related to excessive consumption of processed food.
- Diet diary. By observing which foods you’ve eaten or what is causing you stress in your life, the root cause of your abdominal pain can be detected. You may want to keep a diet diary to monitor your food intake.
- Diet modifications. Eliminating dairy from your diet can be a start to treating indigestion and stomach upset. Discovering any food allergies and removing them from your diet is obviously important, too. Adding probiotics to your diet can fix imbalances as well as keep the gut healthy.
- Supplements. People with abdominal pain or indigestion can take supplements and botanicals, and use Chinese medicine to relieve their condition.
- Your history. Your history of ailments and allergies is important to look at because your current abdominal condition may have something to do with past health issues. Certain foods should be eliminated from your diet to see if it relieves pain in your digestive system.
- Where is the pain. To come up with an accurate diagnosis, symptoms are categorized. Reflux, for example, occurs in the upper digestive tract. On the other hand, diarrhea and constipation take place in the lower tract.
- Indigestion causes. Indigestion such as reflux can be caused by many things such as a sensitivity to certain kinds of food or an imbalance of the bacteria in your gut. Tracking the symptoms and the history will help achieve a more precise diagnosis.
- Many health issues. The digestive tract is very important to one’s overall health, and digestive issues often cause other issues in your body. Chinese medicine especially acknowledges the digestive system as critical to many different health issues.
- Many symptoms. Digestive system issues are manifested through abdominal pain, bloating, gas, heartburn and constipation or diarrhea. Severe cases can be in the form of Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- Conscious eating. To eliminate excessive food intake, a very worthwhile habit is to take ten deep breaths before starting to eat, in order to calm the nervous system. Chewing well will also help break down the food into smaller pieces for easier digestion. Finally, drinking water twenty or thirty minutes before meals instead of drinking together with the meal will decrease the dilution of enzymes that aid digestion.
- Naturopathic remedies. Naturopathic solutions to abdominal pain include examining food and emotional triggers that cause indigestion, examining the presence of gut inflammation, supplementing the diet with herbs and nutrients, and adopting an elimination diet.
- Success story. Dr. Meghji suffered from irritable bowel syndrome before, but worked with a naturopathic doctor to cure the issue. Her recovery is what inspired her to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine.