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What Is the Connection Between Constipation and Indigestion?

What Is the Connection Between Constipation and Indigestion?

May 12, 2023

Ever experienced difficulty in passing stool and feelings of bloating at the same time? Many people suffer constipation along with indigestion. Be it constipation induced indigestion or vice-versa, there is certainly some link between the two! What exactly is this link and what does this mean for our digestive health?

Let’s talk about Indigestion

Indigestion is also known as having an upset stomach. While indigestion can be a symptom of an underlying digestive problem, it also happens fairly regularly even in healthy people. Minor things such as eating too fast, drinking carbonated beverages, eating spicy food, and even anxiety can trigger indigestion. It’s usually not a cause for concern.

The most common symptoms of indigestion are the following:

  • Feeling full or bloated even if you haven’t finished your meal
  • A burning sensation in the chest
  • Pain in the upper abdomen area
  • Nausea or feeling queasy

Another symptom associated with indigestion is heartburn, or a burning sensation caused by acid reflux. While the two conditions are related and can happen at the same time, heartburn is not indigestion. Home remedies for indigestion are the easiest way to bring some relief from the symptoms of indigestion. Check out our article for home remedies here.

Let’s now understand Constipation

Constipation, while also a digestive problem like indigestion, is very different. When a person suffers from constipation, it means that they are having a hard time passing stool. For people who have chronic constipation, passing stool might even be very painful or lead to problems such as hemorrhoids.

People with constipation also pass stool less frequently, so they sometimes have a feeling that their bowels are not yet empty. This can be a problem, especially if the stool has been “stuck” for a long time, as this can lead to side effects of constipation such as fecal impaction. When this happens, the colon or rectum is essentially blocked and waste can’t get out. This can lead to more serious problems such as an infection or even death.

The link between constipation and indigestion 

Although indigestion and constipation may appear to be totally different conditions, there are several connections between them. 

First, people who suffer from indigestion can sometimes have an increased risk of constipation. This occurs because indigestion medications, particularly when taken often, can occasionally lead to constipation. In particular, medication that helps treat indigestion and heartburn have been associated with constipation. In these cases, stopping the medication or changing the medication you use can deal with constipation. It also helps to eat more fiber and drink more water to help soften stool.

Gas-O-Fast Asli Jeera is an excellent solution to this. Its Ayurvedic formulation ensures its intake does not interfere with other bodily functions while effectively relieving indigestion. It leaves no side effects whatsoever and is safe to consume for people of all ages. 

Constipation, on the other hand, can occasionally cause indigestion. If a person has been constipated for a long time, their stool begins to "ferment" and produce gas in the rectum.This gas can then cause a person to experience indigestion due to constipation. It’s not uncommon for persons with constipation to feel gassy or bloated.

Improve your diet to avoid this from happening. Eat more fiber-rich foods, such as leafy vegetables and oats, and limit your intake of meat and fatty foods.

Disclaimer This blog solely intended for the educational/informational/awareness purposes and is not a substitute for any professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor/healthcare professional before acting on the information provided on the blog. Reliance on any or all information provided in the blog, is solely at your own risk and responsibility. Mankind Pharma Limited shall not be held liable, in any circumstance whatsoever.

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