Tips on Preventing Gas and Indigestion

October 31, 2014
Gases and indigestion can be a very awkward and painful condition, and in this article we'll be looking at tips to prevent gas and indigestion

At some point, everyone experiences uncomfortable indigestion, stomach pain, and unpleasant gas. It may even happen to you frequently. Stay with us and discover some great tips on preventing gas and indigestion.

In general, these problems occur when your body doesn’t digest food well. As a consequence, your body works slower and takes longer to digest food, and can even be accompanied by other symptoms. They say you have “poor digestion” when this happens to you frequently or even everyday for months.

In contrast to this, indigestion happens from time to time. It tends to last for less time and is easier to treat. On the other hand, flatulence problems are also something that can be very frequent. These go hand in hand with poor digestion and indigestion. 

Experiencing flatulence is very uncomfortable for everyone, even more so if the problem is chronic. These problems may be caused by your everyday lifestyle habits. That is why some changes can help you prevent these bothersome problems.

Read more: The 7 Natural Anti-Gas Remedies to Fight Flatulence

Preventing gas and indigestion

Avoid emotional stress or agitation

If you didn’t already know, your stomach is an organ that is very sensitive to emotional problems. When someone suffers from stress or is going through a stressful time or depression, their stomach also begins to suffer. The person may feel pain, inflammation, indigestion in general, and even gas. Leading an emotionally balanced life helps us in preventing gas and indigestion.

Eat right

Salad with olive oil

Learning to eat right is one of the key points for preventing gas and indigestion. When you don’t chew your food well, your digestion becomes slower because your body works harder to digest. Also, when you eat hurriedly, you swallow excess air and that’s where gas starts to form.

It is very important to eat slowly. Chew your food well so that your saliva can ease digestion and you feel more satisfied. It is also important to not drink a lot of water at meals because it neutralizes acids, which can make digestion harder.

See also: 5 Plant-Based Teas for Fighting Indigestion

Rest a little after eating

A good idea is to relax and allow your stomach to have the energy for good digestion. Avoid doing physical activity after eating and rest a little bit. It is a good idea to recline on a sofa or chair. It is not healthy to take long naps in bed after eating.

Take medication on a full stomach

Whole and crushed pills

Many medications can cause indigestion so that is why you should avoid them as much as possible. If you need to take medication daily, it is best to do it on a full stomach to prevent discomfort.

Have a healthy diet

Your diet is fundamental for preventing gas and indigestion. There are a few foods that can be very hard on your stomach. It is best to avoid them.

If you suffer from frequent gas and indigestion, it’s best to eliminate from your diet food that is spicy, acidic, fatty, fiber-heavy, or any kind that can cause a problem. You should also avoid alcohol, tobacco, carbonated drinks, and junk food.

Don’t eat before bedtime

Woman sneaking food from fridge

Many people have the bad habit of eating just before bedtime and this can be very hard on their digestion. Eating at least 3 hours before going to bed is always recommended. 

Keep in mind…

  • Using all of these tips in your daily life can help you control your digestion well. You’ll be able to say goodbye to gas and indigestion! Remember that it is also a good idea to take some natural remedies to fight both problems. Ginger and lemon can be two great aids in fighting gas as well as alleviating indigestion.
  • Also, remember that stomach and digestive problems should be taken very seriously if they happen to you frequently. If you experience stomach pain, indigestion, and gas more than two times a week, you should see a doctor. It could indicate a larger problem, like irritable bowel syndrome, liver infection, food allergies. At the very worst, it can also indicate certain types of cancer.