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7 Causes Of Indigestion You Didn’t Know

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Okay let’s admit it; we have all suffered indigestion at some point of time. At some point of time in our lives our digestive tract has given us a hard time. Be it indigestion, acid reflux, gas or anything for that matter; but gastrointestinal problems have crossed our way at some point of time in our lives. The most common of all being indigestion. Indigestion refers to an upset stomach or discomfort in your upper abdomen; the region between your navel and breast bone. The most common triggers of indigestion are your eating habits and chronic digestive problems. Indigestion is not a disease in itself; rather it is a symptom of other digestive problems. Some of the symptoms of indigestion include:
Bloating
Abdominal pain
Gas
Vomiting and nausea
Growling in the stomach
Burning sensation in the stomach
Heartburn
Nevertheless, it is important to know what causes indigestion. Knowledge of the causes can help you prevent this condition in the first place itself. But the worst part is that some causes of indigestion are still unknown to most people.
Here are 7 such causes of indigestion you never knew about:
1. Stress, anxiety
When you are constantly under stress or dealing with some sort of anxiety, your body goes through hormonal changes. Increased cortisol levels in the body interfere with the way your body processes food and this could give you indigestion. Studies suggest that depression and stress could be a cause of indigestion.
2. Other digestive problems
Sometimes indigestion could crop up due to another underlying health problem. Gastritis, gallstones, peptic ulcers and an inflamed pancreas could give you indigestion. However, if your symptoms change abruptly, try to watch out for other signs and symptoms associated with this problem and get medical help accordingly.
3. Smoking
Smoking in every way is injurious to health; it is harmful for your digestive health as well. Some people experience a sense of fullness after smoking. That is due to the harmful effects of the chemicals in a cigarette. It kills major digestive enzymes which leaves food in your body undigested for a longer period of time. This causes indigestion and makes you feel ill-at-ease.
4. Working out after a heavy meal
Exercising is good for your health. But it is important for you to know what the appropriate time for your workouts is. Working out after a heavy meal can have an adverse impact on your digestive system. Eating an abnormally large quantity of food right before your workouts could give you indigestion. Have a small amount of food, good enough to fuel you for your workouts and keep a gap of 30 to 60 minutes before you start working out.
5. Poor eating habits
Your eating habits have the biggest role to play when it comes to your digestive health. Rushing through your food can give you indigestion. On the other hand, the best way to make the most of your meals is to eat them slowly, chew the food properly and eat nominal amount of food in a go. Other factors which could trigger indigestion could be binge eating spicy, oily, processed and unhealthy foods.
6. Excessive alcohol consumption
While alcohol intake in limited quantities is deemed beneficial for health, heavy alcohol consumption can have some negative effects. Drinking too much alcohol pulls water from your body and shrinks the cells. Poor hydration is ought to give you indigestion.
7. Overuse of drugs
While medicinal drugs can calm your body when in distress, overuse of the same can give your digestive system a hard time. Consuming too many drugs can cause your stomach acids to leak and can result in indigestion, acid reflux and heart burn.
Consuming too many drugs can cause your stomach acids to leak and can result in indigestion


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Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women

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Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.

The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women

  1. Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?

One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.

 
  1. Breathing Difficulty

Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.

  1. Sweating

Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.

  1. pain experienced in both the arms

It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense

  1. The most common sign Dizziness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.

  1. Exhaustion

One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.

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Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens

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Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.

Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.

The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.

Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.

Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.

The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.

Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.

“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.

“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.

“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.

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Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?

A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.

 

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.

However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.

Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.

Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”

Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.

“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.

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