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Acute Indigestion

Acute IndigestionGroan. Burp. Head for the couch-or the medicine cabinet. It's not a condition anyone wants to talk about, but nearly everyone-male and female, young and old-suffers an occasional bout of indigestion.

Chances are you just ate too much or too fast; dinner was too spicy or too greasy; or you indulged in too much caffeine, alcohol, or chocolate. There may be a particular food or a certain medication your stomach doesn't tolerate well. Sometimes, an upset stomach may have nothing to do with food but is instead caused by emotional trauma or nervousness.

Many people take an ill-advised shortcut when they immediately reach for gastrointestinal (GI) medications to deal with indigestion. Often doing more harm than good, these medicines can cause numerous side effects and mask imbalances that may lead to more serious conditions. For digestive health and overall well-being, you need to address the root causes of your indigestion and not just repeatedly muffle the symptoms.

Even if you feel your indigestion occurs too frequently or lacks obvious triggers, don't let pharmaceutical advertisements scare you into concluding that you are suffering from "irritable bowel syndrome" (IBS). For more than a decade, irritable bowel syndrome has been portrayed as a disease requiring drug treatment. What may be a benign functional disorder has been reframed as a serious disease with a label and a corresponding drug. Irritable bowel is a real condition requiring treatment but not necessarily pharmaceutical drugs. It is worth investigating first if your bellyache is triggered by specific foods, eating habits, or another easily remedied cause.

As Lord Chesterfield observed, "I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward." By making healthier choices, you too can face the day like a hero, without fear of gastrointestinal distress.



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Solutions for Acute Indigestion

For some people it’s pain, and for others digestion just seems to be working upstream instead of downstream.  It’s not a condition anyone wants to talk about, but nearly everyone—male and female, young and old—suffers an occasional bout of indigestion.

Whole-Milk Buttermilk

Makes 1 quart

1 quart whole milk, preferably raw but not ultra pasteurized
about 1/4 cup buttermilk culture*

This is the easiest of all the cultured milks. Place milk in a glass container, add the buttermilk culture, stir well and cover. Keep at room temperature (but not higher than 80 degrees) until themilk thickens and curdles slightly. Chill well. Reserve 1/4 - 1/2 cup in a separate jar in the refrigerator for the next culture.

Note: A similar culture from Sweden is called fil mjolk.