Indigestion? Or just want to prevent it over the holidays (and every day!) Here's some smart info by an expert, Iris E. Price. Please heed these suggestions to help your digestion as published in Cynthia MacGregor's great weekly newsletter (To subscribe send an email to: EZineDoesIt@ cynthiamacgregor.com (remove space before Cynthia).
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The holidays will soon be here, and each of us has our own way of observing them. No matter how we celebrate, the one thing that most holiday traditions have in common is food. Often these are special dishes that we don't normally eat at other times of the year, and with them come extra fat, extra sugar, and extra calories! The result, besides putting on a few unwanted pounds, can be indigestion.
Indigestion has many symptoms, and they can be different for each of us. Usually it goes away without treatment. However, if you regularly experience symptoms of indigestion after eating, keeping a food diary can help to identify which foods trigger your indigestion.
A word of caution: according to the American Heart Association, heart attacks, especially in women, can manifest themselves as nausea and/or indigestion. Paramedics say that too many people deny their symptoms of a heart attack by attributing it to indigestion, and by the time the paramedics get involved the damage is already done. Therefore, if you experience unexplained or sustained feelings of indigestion, a prompt medical evaluation by a licensed physician is important.
Some symptoms of indigestion can be:
Be pro-active to avoid indigestion. Become aware of some possible causes of indigestion and their solutions, such as:
The following readily-available herbal remedies may help curb indigestion:
Remember, preventing indigestion is easier and more comfortable than curing it after it starts.
**Note: The information in this article is presented to inform, not to prescribe, and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.**
Iris E. Price Ph.D. candidate, Botanical Medicine