Indigestion, such as constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are common and can usually be treated with lifestyle measures and over-the-counter remedies.
The most common are:
- Changes in bowel habits (usually constipation or diarrhoea)
Drugs that can upset your stomach
Some medications your doctor may have prescribed for other conditions can cause side effects that can upset your stomach and cause indigestion, diarrhoea or constipation.
Avoid aspirin and medications for the treatment of arthritis, also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), if you have an ulcer or indigestion.
Ask your doctor if you are dependent on these medications and have indigestion or ulcers. Paracetamol is a useful alternative.
Some sedatives, painkillers, iron tablets, and cough medicines can cause constipation, and some people may have diarrhoea while taking antibiotics or blood pressure pills.
Always tell your doctor if your prescribed medicine is affecting your stomach.
Yoga asanas for digestive upset
Yoga is very useful for nature cure of digestive disorders. If you are suffering from bloating, cramping and gas after meals. the poses of the Bhujangasana , Bharadvajasana, are useful.