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What to eat after indigestion? What can cause it and how to eat after indigestion?

Adapted from the article written by AMANDA VENTORIN

Do you know that annoying little pain in your stomach? It's indigestion. You usually feel “blown up”, with nausea, vomiting, and even drowsiness. Also known as poor digestion or dyspepsia, it affects about 20% of the world's population and usually, its symptoms appear about 15 minutes after a meal.

It can be caused by some foods like soda, coffee, fatty foods, high carbohydrate foods. Eating too quickly without chewing food properly can also cause indigestion, as can drinking too much during meals.

“In a 2016 study, more than 30% of patients with dyspepsia reported that carbonated drinks, red meat, sausages, fried foods, coffee, pasta, dairy products like milk and cheese, sweets, pepper, fruits like banana, pineapple and orange, cucumber, beans, bread, and spicy foods were associated with worsening symptoms. On the other hand, <10% of patients with symptoms reported rice, fish, chicken, pears, melons, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and tomatoes." shares the clinical nutrition support physician, Andrea Pereira. "When there is associated ulcer, more than 30 % of participants in this 2016 study reported that foods containing wheat, citrus fruits, carbonated drinks, mayonnaise, fried foods, coffee, and pepper were the cause of dyspepsia symptoms. "

What foods can help with poor digestion?

There is a greater recommendation for a Mediterranean diet including high consumption of olive oil, high fiber foods, milk or dairy products, in addition to low consumption of meat or meat products. In recent years, this diet has been proposed as a health-protective diet because populations that have adopted it show a remarkable reduction in all-cause mortality, especially from cardiovascular disease and cancer, and when compared to the United States or Northern countries. Europeans.

The effects of a gluten-free diet or a diet low in FODMAPs are controversial, needing further scientific study. The following recommendations may also help: eat slowly, avoid large amounts of fluids during meals, avoid fats, alcoholic and sugary drinks, and foods with caffeine.


  1. Almond: Improves gastric emptying and improves symptoms;

  2. Peppermint oil: Antiemetic, choleretic and spasmolytic action; and improvement of symptoms;

  3. Ginger: Better gastric emptying; improved gastric motility; reduction of nausea and vomiting; and reduce inflammation

  4. Caraway: Antiemetic, choleretic, and spasmolytic action; and improvement of symptoms;

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