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Calming Your Upset Stomach

Indigestion can affect you in a lot of ways. According to experts from Harvard Medical School, your stomach may not feel right, or you might have a burning sensation. You Maybe you’ve just eaten, or finished a meal an hour or so ago — and now your stomach just doesn’t “feel right.” You could even feel nauseous or be sick to your stomach.

While the symptoms can differ, the medical lterm for upper abdominal pain or discomfort with no known medical cause is called functional dyspepsia. The Harvard Medical School experts say that it can begin during a meal, or after. It may come and go, they say, over a period of three months.

About 25 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from functional dyspepsia, and it is as common in men as in women.

But, the Harvard experts say, there are some things you can do to help yourself:

Don’t eat “trigger foods” that prompt symptoms.

Don’t overeat. Have smaller, more frequent meals and chew food thoroughly.

Swallowing excess air can lead to indigestion. So the Harvard experts recommend that you avoid activities like chewing gum, smoking, or drinking carbonated beverages.

Reduce stress. The Harvard experts suggest relaxation therapy or exercise, including an aerobic workout three to five times per week. But, they ward, don’t exercise right after eating.

Reduce your stress. Try relaxation therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, or exercise. An aerobic workout 3-5 times per week can help, but don’t exercise right after eating.

Make sure you get enough rest.

Avoid lying down within two hours after eating.

Maintain a healthy weight.

For more information, buy The Sensitive Gut, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. Go here to order: http://www.health.harvard.edu/special_health_reports/The_Sensitive_Gut.

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