Are acidity and indigestion related?
The short answer to this question is ‘yes’.1,2,3 There is certainly a lot of overlap between the symptoms of acidity and indigestion, and there is also overlap between many of the causes and triggers.1,2,3
One of the defining symptoms of acidity problems is heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the centre of the chest.1,2 Heartburn can also be a symptom of indigestion.1,2
Overlap of symptoms in acidity and indigestion1,2
If you’d like to know more about acidity problems and heartburn, click here.
Doctors are still doing studies to try and work out whether people who have indigestion and heartburn should have different treatments to people who have indigestion without heartburn.1,2
In the meantime, treatment, which includes changes to diet and lifestyle as well as medications, should be based on the predominant symptoms.1,2,3
However, Eno complements your body’s self defence mechanism to fight acid indigestion and associated symptoms such as heartburn or sour stomach which may cause an upset stomach
Sometimes indigestion is caused by other digestive conditions or diseases, such as gallstones, constipation and Celiac disease.4 If you’re not sure if you have indigestion or not, or your symptoms worry you, it’s best to see your doctor.
Feeling full before you’ve finished eating a meal
You might not have eaten very much, but you already feel full and may not
be able to finish eating.
Feeling uncomfortably full after eating a meal
You’ve eaten a normal meal, but you feel uncomfortably full and the feeling of fullness lasts longer than it should.
Having discomfort or pain in the stomach area
You feel a mild to severe pain in your upper abdomen, which is the area between the bottom of your breastbone and your navel.
Having a painful, burning feeling in the chest
You have heartburn or acid reflux, especially after eating a meal.
Feeling a burning sensation in the stomach area
You have an uncomfortable heat or burning sensation in your upper abdomen.
Feeling bloated and uncomfortable
You have an uncomfortable sensation of tightness in your stomach area
due to a build-up of gas. Occasionally you might belch too.
Feeling like you want to be sick
You sometimes feel nauseous, as though you want to vomit. (Of course, nausea and vomiting can be symptoms of many other problems too.)
Where to find out more
If you’d like to know more about some really interesting home remedies for acidity problems, have a look here.
- Dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: investigation and management of dyspepsia, symptoms suggestive of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or both. Clinical Guideline, September 2014. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK).
- Choung RS, Locke GR, Schleck CD et al. Overlap of dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux in the general population: one disease or distinct entities? Neurogastroenterol Motility 2012; 24 (3): 229–e106.
- Vakil N, Wernersson B, Wissmar J, Dent J. Sleep disturbance due to heartburn and regurgitation is common in patients with functional dyspepsia. United European Gastroenterology Journal 2016; 4 (2): 191–198.
- Mayo Clinic. Indigestion. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2018. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/indigestion/symptoms-causes/syc-20352211
- de Oliveira Latorre MRD, da Silva AM, Chinzon D et al. Epidemiology of upper gastrointestinal symptoms in Brazil (EpiGastro): a population-based study according to sex and age group. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2014; 20 (46):17388–17398.