Definition of Indigestion and Acid Reflux
What are Indigestion and Acid Reflux?
In my own words, the former refers to the feeling of abdoment discomfort and nausea after eating or drinking.
The latter describes the burn sensation on your throat when the stomach acid flow upwards to the throat.
People with Indigestion and Acid Reflux attacks
From my research on the internet, I read that an estimated 50% of the Malaysian adult population suffered from one of these condition :
- Lactose Intolerance,
- Acid Reflux.
As for me, I get all three of the above. Each time I suffer a long one-sided headache above the left eyebrow, lasting anything from half a day to two days. Other symptoms include vomiting, burping, abdominal pains and belching.
I began suffering attack of Indigestion and Acid Reflux during my mid twenties. Back then in the 1990s, when the internet was still at its infancy, there was little to research from the WWW on my condition and the symptoms.
Indigestion and Acid Reflux – The 2 Triggers
It was only between the years 2004 – 2011, the attacks were more frequent, at least once a month.
By then I was able to recognize and pin-point the 2 main triggers that acted together,
(a) Unhealthy Food intake (greasy, fatty, high in lactose) and
(b) Excess Stomach Acid (job stress, inadequate sleep, missing meals).
Seeking Medical Treatment (2004 – 20011)
I have seen and spoken to many different GPs for over 15 years, but they never found the cure for my Indigestion and Acid Reflux. It was the usual prescription of Antacids (suppress sour stomach), anti flaulence pills (suppress wind) and Paracetamols ( relief the headache).
I did get referred to 2 different specialist, once in 2004 and then another time in 2007 where I was put on endoscopy test. Both times, the result were negative for Helicobacter Pylori and negative for stomach ulcers. The advice given by the specialist is to change my lifestyle. By this he meant, to avoid the food that trigger indigestion, consume more fibre and to eat more frequent between intervals in smaller portion.
Fewer Recur of Indigestion and Acid Reflux
My condition began to improve after my colleague introduced me to Ayurvedic Herbs in 2011. It took a lot of self discipline to follow the daily routine intake of natural supplements and proper diet. This enabled the rebuild of my digestion system.
In Part 2 of my post, I will share with you how I progressed and successfully manage to keep the Indigestion and Acid Reflux under control.