How to get rid of indigestion

What to do about discomfort after eating. Indigestion covers many complaints, often caused by bad eating habits. Among the discomforts are bloating, belching, passing gas, heartburn, or nausea. Over-the-counter antacids may help temporarily (provided they don’t cause adverse side effects; best to ask your doctor), but peppermint tea may suffice.

For more permanent relief, try a change in your eating habits. Eat smaller amounts more often and more slowly. Cut down on tobacco, alcohol, coffee, spices, fats, cucumbers, onions, garlic, beans, cabbage and its kin, and dairy products. If stress triggers indigestion, relax before meals and keep table conversation pleasant.

If your symptoms change markedly, last longer than 2 hours, recur frequently, or are accompanied by a gradual loss of appetite, vomiting, bloody stools, or severe heartburn, see your doctor.