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THE INS AND OUTS OF INDIGESTION

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When it comes to heartburn, most people have no problem describing what it feels like. “Burning” “Sting.” Gassy” and other words tend to pop up.   But it’s a whole other conversation when it comes to the technical terms. The proper terminology around heartburn, acidity and indigestion.

You may be asking yourself “Well, why would I care about those words? I just want relief.” But the fact is, understanding the vocabulary around heartburn and its symptoms can actually help you stay mindful of the causes and how to stay one step ahead of them.

So, with that said, today’s vocabulary word is “dyspepsia.” Or more commonly “indigestion.”

People frequently use terms such as ‘heartburn’ and ‘indigestion’ interchangeably. However they’re quite different from each other. “Heartburn” is specifically related to reflux of gastric acid through the Lower Esophageal Sphincter.

Dyspepsia is a condition characterised by upper abdominal symptoms that may include pain or discomfort, bloating, feeling of fullness with very littleintake of food, nausea, loss of appetite, heartburn.

Symptoms of dyspepsia cannot usually be attributed to a single cause and the symptoms themselves vary in nature. But they include vague feelings of discomfort in the upper abdomen, gripping or stabbing sensations or stomach cramps, churning sensations, belching, feelings of distension and flatulence, and sometimes nausea.

Heartburn can often occur with dyspepsia, so measures taken to address heartburn should also help with dyspepsia. These include losing weight, avoiding trigger foods and decreasing the stress factors in your life.

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