Dietary Recommendations for Dyspepsia


Dyspepsia describes indigestion, or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Overstimulation of pain and pressure receptors around the stomach appears to play a central role in this condition. Treatment involves a variety of dietary and lifestyle changes, in order to change this.

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Things to do if you have dyspepsia include:

  • Chew your food and eat slowly. Be mindful not to swallow air while you eat.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Minimize alcohol
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Avoid acidic foods- i.e. lemons, oranges, tomatoes
  • Avoid chocolate
  • Avoid eating immediately before sleeping
  • Minimize use of anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. Advil, Alleve)
  • Keep a Food Diary- keep track of which foods irritate you the most and try to eliminate them from your diet

These dietary recommendations are specifically meant for the condition which it treats.

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