Indigestion is completely normal and most people will certainly experience indigestion in some form throughout their lives.
Of course, some cases can be more severe than others and it’s possible to have several cases a year - or even several cases a day.
Indigestion during pregnancy is also very common: the body’s physical changes affect hormone production. Read more about this occurrence on our pregnancy page.
Symptoms of Indigestion
The following are signs of indigestion:
- A dull ache behind the ribs.
- A rumbling or gurgling stomach.
- Knots in your stomach or cramps.
- An uncomfortable feeling after eating.
- A burning feeling in your belly.
So what causes indigestion?
Indigestion is often caused by excess acid coming into contact with the sensitive lining of the stomach, bowel or oesophagus - causing soreness and swelling. This can produce an uncomfortable pain that may feel like a burning sensation in your stomach - especially if your digestive lining is especially sensitive.
Indigestion is triggered by different things - and not everyone is the same.
Some common causes of indigestion are:
- Eating heavy meals.
- Eating too quickly.
- Fatty or spicy foods.
- Stress and anxiety.
- Drinking alcohol.
The good news is that Gaviscon is here to help.
Indigestion has recently started to affect me - should I be worried?
What are the telltale signs of indigestion?
What foods can cause indigestion?
What does it mean if I get indigestion regularly?
Gaviscon provides relief from indigestion and means you can take your life off pause. Opt for 10-20ml (two to four 5ml spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime, up to four times a day.
All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor. Always read the label.