Indigestion: Causes, Symptoms & Relief

Indigestion: what causes it and how to avoid it

Acid Reflux

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a general term for the nasty pain or discomfort felt in your chest or stomach, associated with difficulty in digesting food. It can strike anytime, but is most common shortly after eating.

Indigestion is often caused by excess stomach acid coming into contact with the sensitive, protective lining of the digestive system. The stomach acid can irritate the lining, leading to soreness and swelling. Some people get indigestion a couple of times a year but others suffer every day with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort that lasts just a few minutes to severe pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting, that goes on for several hours.

It is likely the symptoms are triggered by what you eat and how you eat it. However indigestion can also be caused by other factors; such as smoking, drinking alcohol, or a busy stressful lifestyle.

Indigestion can be unavoidable during pregnancy as the body changes hormonally and physically. To find out more about Rennie and pregnancy, visit our heartburn & indigestion during pregnancy page. Indigestion is easily treatable thanks to Rennie, and needn't ruin your day.

Always read the label. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. If you are pregnant, medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

Indigestion Symptoms

  • Pain behind
    the ribs
  • Sickness and
    nausea
  • A rumbling or
    gurgling stomach
  • A knotted
    stomach
  • Feeling bloated
    or uncomfortable
    after eating
  • Stomach cramps,
    excessive burping
    or flatulence

Indigestion TreatmentHappy Tummy with Rennie

Rennie is a fast-acting, effective remedy for heartburn and indigestion. When indigestion hits, Rennie quickly gets to work to relieve painful symptoms. Rennie’s antacid-based calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate formula works fast, neutralising excess stomach acid, turning it into water and other natural substances to help keep your tummy happy. Rennie gets to work directly on the cause of the problem - the acid in your stomach and acts physically rather than by entering the bloodstream.

View the full range of Rennie products and find out how they can help to keep your tummy happy.

Natural Remedies for Indigestion

Apple Cider Natural Remedy

Many natural remedies can be used to treat the symptoms of an unhappy tummy however some are specifically beneficial for indigestion.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to slow and settle indigestion. Mix one table spoon with a glass of water to ease discomfort.

Ginger helps your tummy to digest food faster and using less acid making it a good relief for over eating. Try chewing raw ginger and salt, ginger juice or ginger tea.

Other natural remedies that are recommended include:

Aloe Vera juice is traditionally used to treat indigestion.

Chamomile and dandelion herbal teas are often used to settle unhappy tummies.

Prevention: how to avoid indigestion

A nice bit of rough

Fruit and vegetables

Make sure you’re eating enough fibre. For a healthy, steady digestion, you need a variety of different fibre, such as brown rice, whole meal bread, fruit, veg and grains.

Chew it over

Suffering Indigestion

Take time to chew your food properly, chunky food is harder for the stomach to break down and digest. It may sound strange, but chewing gum also stimulates the production of saliva, which is an acid buffer. Plus, gum makes you swallow more often, which pushes those nasty acids back down into your stomach

Chill out

Stressed Happy tummy

Stress and anxiety can have a huge impact on our digestion, leading to an increased production of stomach acid or even causing the digestive system to shut down completely.

Cut down the fat

Eat Smaller Meals

Fatty and or processed foods are much harder for your tummy to digest. Cutting back on greasy fried foods eases your stomach’s workload. Try to eat more lean meat and fish, drink skimmed milk and grill rather than fry food. Acidic drinks such as coffee can also make indigestion worse.

Don’t Over Do It

Large meal prevention

Large meals stretch your tummy and increase upward pressure where the oesophagus meets the stomach, which can lead to indigestion. Try eating six smaller meals instead of three larger ones. This will stop the stomach becoming too full, and prevent the production of excess stomach acid.

Fast effective relief, even at night.
There are times when indigestion can’t be avoided. Fortunately Rennie’s on hand to help to relieve those painful symptoms. Rennie’s antacid-based calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate formula works fast, neutralising excess stomach acid, turning it into water and other natural substances to help keep your tummy happy. Rennie can be taken day or night to relieve heartburn and indigestion fast.

Recommendations

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    UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet brand
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    UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet brand
    (Based on sales data: Nielsen 52 w/e 02/01/2016)

    Containing Antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie Peppermint and Spearmint Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. With over 75 years of experience, a great taste and UK wide availability, it’s no surprise that Rennie is the UK’s number one heartburn and indigestion tablet*.

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    Fast relief and it’s Sugar Free

    Containing antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie® Sugar Free Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, giving you the choice to relieve your symptoms in a sugar free way. Being Sugar Free also enables people who need to monitor their sugar intake to confidently treat their heartburn and indigestion symptoms.

  • Rennie® EXTRA

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    Powerful long lasting formula

    Rennie® EXTRA has a powerful long lasting formula that works in two ways to relieve the painful symptoms of heartburn in just 2 minutes:

    1. First, the antacids quickly soothe the burning pain in the chest and neutralise excess acid in the stomach.
    2. Second, the alginic acid forms a long lasting protective barrier in the stomach to stop acid from rising up into your chest.

Always read the label. If symptoms are severe or prolonged, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist. If you are pregnant, medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a general term for the nasty pain or discomfort felt in your chest or stomach, associated with difficulty in digesting food. It can strike anytime, but is most common shortly after eating.

Indigestion is often caused by excess stomach acid coming into contact with the sensitive, protective lining of the digestive system. The stomach acid can irritate the lining, leading to soreness and swelling. Some people get indigestion a couple of times a year but others suffer every day with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort that lasts just a few minutes to severe pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting, that goes on for several hours.

It is likely the symptoms are triggered by what you eat and how you eat it. However indigestion can also be caused by other factors; such as smoking, drinking alcohol, or a busy stressful lifestyle.

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