As strange as it sounds, indigestion can be a blessing in disguise for me. It is a common symptom in both men and women but it is not a disease and is rarely anything life-threatening. However, it may cause great inconvenience in your daily life, especially in a foodie place like Singapore where everybody lives to eat.
Indigestion covers a multitude of symptoms in the stomach. Some may experience abdominal pain and heartburn, while others may just get stomach bloat. It is usually caused by eating certain foods (spicy, high in fat, or greasy), drinking excessive amount of alcohol or caffeine, or maybe even eating too quickly and not chewing enough. On a serious note, conditions like ulcers, pancreatitis, gastritis, or gallstones may also cause indigestion so I would suggest you get a proper diagnosis from the doctor.
I have suffered from indigestion since 2011 and until today, if I am not careful with what I consume, I may still experience mild discomfort in the stomach and frequent belching. Back in those days where I couldn’t care less about food portion control, I would stuff myself with whatever I craved for, and they are mostly high in sugar and fats. I wasn’t a fan of high fibre food and yes, constipation was not uncommon.
It became really bad one day, after years of stubbornly eating whatever-the-hell I like, I had to undergo an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy procedure to examine what went wrong inside. So the scope revealed inflammations on the linings of my esophagus, apparently caused by gastric acid that leaked through the valve. I was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2013.
What I gained from indigestion
It became obvious that I needed to change my lifestyle and diet. Friends around me would know I have been mindful and conscious about what I eat now, but it wasn’t totally about wanting to slim down or to watch my weight. I still crave for heavy, greasy food like fried chicken and anything loaded with cheese. Sacrifices are inevitable, I am happy to just take one seed of durian or 3 bites of my favorite Nonya rice dumpling, for I know that I would suffer the consequences of overindulgence.
Through healthy eating, I could see improvements such as lesser instances of belching and bloating. Food portion control is a great habit that everybody should adopt. You can fight indigestion too with these tips.