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Also called dyspepsia, indigestion is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness or discomfort during or after a meal. Burning or pain in the upper stomach can accompany indigestion.

Symptoms of indigestion may include:
Bloating (full feeling)
Belching and gas
Nausea and vomiting
Acidic taste
Growling stomach
Burning in the stomach or upper abdomen
Abdominal pain
These symptoms may increase in times of stress.

Indigestion is believed to be “too much” acid, but in reality there is too little acid to digest the food properly and therefore the food cannot break down sufficiently to leave the stomach normally and may try to come up into the esophagus causing acid reflux.

The primary reason there is too little acid is for lack of sodium. The stomach is the sodium bank of the body and when sodium levels have been depleted in the stomach, the body stops producing sufficient acid to digest your food completely.

Increasing salt in the diet can be helpful with indigestion, but not just any kind of salt. (See Salt)

An immediate remedy for acid reflux is to mix a half-teaspoon of cream of tartar with a half-teaspoon of baking soda. Blend into in a warm or lukewarm cup of water and sip slowly if taken when there is food in the stomach, because gas will be released as the acid is neutralized and can cause bloating pain if taken too quickly. Relief should occur within minutes of drinking the solution.

In the event that cream of tartar is not available, drink 1 tsp. of baking soda in a glass of warm water.

ShopFreeMart Immunize supports healthy digestion and can therefore help prevent acidity and heartburn. If problems persist, a good enzyme or digestive aid from the health food store should be taken with meals.

Whenever there is indigestion there is a problem with nutrient absorption, which can lead to acid reflux, irritable bowel and many other health problems. ShopFreeMart Immunize has proven helpful for many people with digestive and bowel problems.

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