You're out at a restaurant, maybe even at the office, having had a great meal, when you feel it: that burning feeling in your gut – indigestion; you have probably just had one or a combination of several of the 5 foods that cause indigestion. Let's face it, there's a bunch of foods out there that are great tasting, but the after burn makes them less than desirable
If you're especially prone to bouts of indigestion, you're going to want to avoid as many of the culprits that cause it as you can. Here's a list of five foods that cause indigestion:
- Caffeinated Beverages: Tea, soda, coffee… Whatever your morning cup of joe is, if you're prone to heartburn and indigestion in the mornings, it may be your morning beverage. If you drink it out of habit—and if you can bare to part from your jolt of caffeine—try switching to a decaffeinated version, especially if you're drinking it around the clock. Skip sodas all together since they contain empty, sugary calories anyway.
- Alcohol: Although it might give you a bit of a buzz, alcohol is one of the best-known culprits of indigestion. Pace your drinks and moderate, because alcohol is known to irritate the stomach lining.
- Acidic Foods: Thought this might be a no-brainer, you might be surprised at what counts as an acidic food. Oranges and orange juice, yes, but also tomatoes and tomato juice can cause indigestion. Even radishes are also known to send up signal flares in some sensitive people. Since some people experience indigestion after drinking alcohol, you may want to hold off on the mimosas and Bloody Mary's at the next.
- Fatty Foods: That's not just cookies and cupcakes; fried foods (think battered shrimp, french fries, fried coke and butter…) can cause it too. Order your meats grilled, and opt for leaner cuts of red meat.
- Peppermints and Chocolate: Odd choices? Chocolate contains its own share of caffeine, the same culprit as the beverages mentioned earlier. But how can peppermint cause indigestion? Peppermint is sometimes used to soothe the throat, and in this case, some soothing may be too much; along with chocolate, peppermint can cause the sphincter at the top of the esophagus to relax, which results in acid reflux flares.
Hopefully this list comes in handy, and if you've got a sensitive stomach, you know what things to avoid eating in order to stop indigestion in its tracts. Now, if after you've read this list you decide to have a peppermint mocha at your favorite bistro, a few Bloody Mary's, and some cookies to dip in 'em, that's up to you, but don't say you weren't warned. Just grab some Tums at the counter and you should be good to go. Maybe.