The term “indigestion” means different things to different people, and the territory of troubles it covers is huge. Just to clear up any confusion, indigestion and heartburn are two different problems. Heartburn produces a painful or burning sensation in the center of your chest, due to acid spilling upward into your esophagus. Indigestion happens further south: It produces bloating, a feeling of uncomfortable fullness during or after a meal, or pain or burning concentrated in the upper abdomen. Smokers, pregnant women, and people who are overweight are especially susceptible. Luckily, indigestion symptoms are especially easy to tame by employing easy home remedies.
Weird & Wacky
It’s no surprise to us that a condition so ubiquitous would rack up scores and scores of crazy treatments. But these three tickled our funny bones:
• Bend over, turn over a rock, and walk forward without looking back.
• For a child’s indigestion: Pass him backward around a table leg seven times.
• Execute a somersault.
When to Call the Doctor
The vast majority of indigestion cases are simple, one-time affairs, easily cured with home remedies. But call 911 if you experience nausea along with sweating or an ache or pain in the chest; you may be having a heart attack. See your doctor if you have intense abdominal pain, especially if you also have black or bloody stools or if you’re vomiting. And you need a checkup if indigestion lingers for more than a couple of weeks, despite your best attempts at self-care.