Causes of Indigestion and Bloating – Top 10 Dyspepsia Culprits!

Causes of Indigestion

Indigestion is a vague term used to describe a set of gastrointestinal symptoms. In many cases, it is a result of an underlying digestive condition. Web MD notes that common indigestion symptoms include bloating, vomiting and nausea, an acidic taste in the mouth, burning sensations, and abdominal pain. There are many causes of indigestion and everything from emotional anguish to hot wings can be a culprit. We have put together a list of the most common 10 causes of this common complaint to help sort out the mysteries behind the many sources of this troublesome tummy turmoil:

1. Medications: Surprisingly, one of the most common causes of indigestion does not have anything to do with edibles or food intolerance at all. The stomach can be upset rather easily by the use of certain medications like over the counter pain relievers. And, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory) are one of the most common culprits.

2. Bacterial Overgrowth: Although only recently being explored as one of the many causes of indigestion, an abundance of bacteria in the small intestine is thought to be associated with dyspepsia. And, it is worth noting that many of the symptoms of bacteria overgrowth such as stomach bloating are also symptoms of dyspepsia, furthering the apparent relationship between the two.

3. Lactose Intolerance: There is a reason why lactose intolerance foods to avoid are almost always avoided by those sensitive to dairy. The gastrointestinal upset that can result from eating these problematic foods in sufferers can be intense. Lactose intolerance symptoms can include growling tummies, bloating, cramping and pain, diarrhea and vomiting, according to WebMD.

4. Gassy Foods: Certain foods can lend themselves to being more frequent causes of indigestion. And, surprisingly, it is typically foods associated with eating healthy that are to blame, such as those rich in fiber. Bran and oats as well as dried and skin bearing fruits can add needed fiber to the digestive tract. The breakdown of this indigestible plant matter however can lead to the formation of uncomfortable gas and other symptoms of indigestion.

5. Gluten Sensitivity: It is not just a new age craze, gluten sensitivity is a genuine digestive disorder that is characterized by gluten laden foods producing indigestion symptoms such as gas and stomach bloating when consumed by the affected. The Wall Street Journal reports that while different from Celiac disease, a severe intolerance to gluten, those with sensitivity often encounter some similar symptoms, although the conditions are different.

6. Stress: Whether or not most people are willing to admit that their bodies have a hard time dealing with the loads of work, social anxieties and mental drain heaped upon them, stress plays a much bigger role in digestive health than most people think. And, both depression and anxiety are thought to not only be potential causes of indigestion, but also responsible for aggravating the symptoms of it as well.

7. Menstruation: While not necessarily always thought of as one of the leading causes of indigestion, studies have shown that women display an increased tendency to experience the symptoms of dyspepsia during their menstrual cycles, according to medicinenet.com.

8. Fructose Intolerance: Fructose intolerance is a condition in which the small intestine’s ability to absorb fructose is weakened. Reflux, gas diarrhea and bloating are all symptoms of the condition. Muscle spasms and vomiting as well as an increased predisposition to depression have also been attributed to this malabsorption of fructose. Avoidance of fructose foods with high concentrations of the sugar is advisable for sufferers; and abstinence from diet sodas, breads and cakes is advisable.

9. Digestive Disorders: There are many gastrointestinal conditions that can cause feelings of indigestion and nausea as well as other symptoms like gas and bloat. One of the most common is also one of the most misunderstood – irritable bowel syndrome. This colon condition is characterized by varying stomach symptoms and can contribute to feelings of indigestion.

10. Over Indulgence: It goes without saying that indigestion as a result of eating too much or eating too fast is rather commonplace. An overly appealing buffet spread or one too many trips to the ice cream machine can certainly bring about the symptoms associated with dyspepsia, and too much food or eating too fast is one of the most common causes of indigestion.

References:
http://www.medicinenet.com/dyspepsia/page3.htm#what_causes_dyspepsia_indigestion
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/lactose-intolerance-symptoms
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200393522456636.html

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