Causes and Risk Factors
Indigestion is typically caused
by excessive secretion of stomach
acids. The stomach produces gastric
juices or acids that aid in digestion
and protect against infection.
A layer of mucus lines the stomach,
esophagus, and intestines and
acts as a barrier against these
acids so that they do not irritate
the surrounding tissues. When
this mucus lining is inflamed
because of an excessive secretion
of stomach acids, indigestion
several causes of indigestion.
It may be caused by any disease
of the digestive tract such as
gastro esophageal reflux disease
(GERD), irritable bowel syndrome,
peptic ulcer, colitis, and gallstones.
Overeating is also one of the
major causes of indigestion. Eating
certain foods that do not react
well with the body may also cause
indigestion. It is the body’s
way of displaying warning signs.
Other causes and risk factors
of indigestion include pregnancy,
alcoholism, smoking, having irregular
meals, stress and anxiety, and
side effects of certain drugs
such as anti-inflammatory medicines
for arthritis like aspirin.