According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month. While it’s a common issue for older people due to aging, it’s now a growing problem for younger adults as well, who report increasing bouts of indigestion, upset stomach, and anxious stomach, which may be linked to stress and hectic lifestyles
Here are some common causes and simple measures to find relief from of heartburn:
- A sudden change in diet is frequently the source of heartburn. Keto diets in particular can trigger heartburn as the diet requires upping the intake of fat, which takes longer to leave the stomach. If you are starting a new diet, it can be helpful to change your diet more gradually.
- Indigestion from travel is common, as being away from home often means eating unfamiliar foods and keeping odd hours. When on the go, stick mostly to tried-and-true foods you know will sit well, attempt to keep a regular eating schedule, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Don’t eat too fast or too much. Slow down and savor your food. Also, consider consuming smaller portions at a time.
- Incorporate some movement into your daily routine, particularly after meals. Lying down directly after eating can be a source of indigestion. Exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is important in managing indigestion.
- Know your triggers. For some, certain foods like citrus, spices, fatty food, and alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can trigger symptoms. Knowing your specific triggers can help you avoid them.