In the summer, when the weather is nice, we all want to enjoy family time together. And, a popular way to do so is to get all our relatives over for a barbeque. But, the last thing you want to worry about is indigestion. Find out what the causes and symptoms of it are, and how to treat it. As well as some ideas on how to keep your barbeque healthy.

Indigestion: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

What are the symptoms of indigestion:

Many people have experienced indigestion at some point during their life. It’s usually not serious, and it something you can treat yourself.

The symptoms of indigestion to look out for are:

  • Heartburn: a painful, burning feeling in your chest. Often after eating
  • Feeling full and bloated
  • Feeling sick
  • Bringing up food, or bitter tasting fluids

If you’re experiencing stomach ache or back pain, these aren’t common symptoms on indigestion. If you are getting pain, you might be constipated.

What causes indigestion:

When you eat, your stomach produces acid. Indigestion is when the acid in your stomach irritates the stomach lining or your throat. This causes indigestion and gives you a burning feeling and pain. You might find it is caused by:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Eating heavy meals or fatty foods
  • Eating too fast
Indigestion remedies:

There are a variety of treatments available for indigestion. If you’re unsure which treatment to use, come instore and speak to one of Our Pharmacists to find the right treatment for you.

LloydsPharmacy Heartburn & Indigestion Relief
These tablets provide long lasting relief of heartburn and acid reflux. Swallow one tablet with water as soon as you have symptoms. If symptoms persist for more than one hour, take another tablet.

 

 

Nexium Control 20mg 7 Tablets
Provide effective short-term relief from reflux symptoms such as heartburn and acid regurgitation in adults. For continuous 24-hour protection from heartburn.

 

Rennie Spearmint 48 Tablets
Fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn.

How to have a healthy barbeque:

If you’re trying to stick to a healthy, balanced diet, there are lots of alternatives to your standard burgers and sausages you could add to your barbeque. Vegetables like aubergines, mushrooms, peppers and corn on the cob cook really well on a barbeque and can be made into kebabs, with or without meat.

Plus, dips like hummus and tzatziki, serviced with carrots or celery sticks area a great healthy accompaniment to barbeque food.

Cooking recommendations:

When having a barbeque try these simple recommendations to help avoid and digestive troubles:

  • Consider cooking all chicken and pork in the oven and finishing it off on your barbeque for a chargrilled taste.
  • Remember, charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside. So, cut open and check your meat and fish are cooked through.
  • Most types of meat are safe to eat only when the meat is steaming hot throughout and there’s no pink meat visible and any juices run clear.

For more information on how to treat and digestive health issues you may have, come instore and talk to a member of our healthcare team.

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