Digestive disorders

What To Eat If You Have Indigestion

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 27, 2017
What To Eat If You Have Indigestion

Eating too many hearty foods or binging on foods you love can give you indigestion, or maldigestion. Indigestion causes stomach pain, bloating, nausea, gas, etc., in addition to general discomfort and loss of appetite. That is why at oneHOWTO we want to explain what to eat if you have indigestion, to try to help improve the situation.

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Steps to follow:


If you have indigestion, it is likely that you won't feel like eating anything because your stomach is resentful. Still, we do not recommend skipping too many meals, but rather adapting your diet and reducing the amount of food but never stopping eating completely. Make sure you know what indigestion feels like, to make sure you don't have another condition that needs to be treated in another manner.


So, if you have indigestion we recommend opting for a bland diet to work against the indigestion, similar to that recommended for diarrhea or vomiting. Furthermore, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but you can also have sports drinks to help you stay hydrated.

Light and soft foods are recommended, for example:

  • Boiled rice
  • Vegetable broths
  • Banana
  • Purees
  • Papaya
  • Boiled fish
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Apple sauce
  • Fruit: pineapple, grapes, etc.
  • Yoghurt
  • Digestive teas: chamomile, dandelion, pennyroyal, etc.
What To Eat If You Have Indigestion - Step 2

Conversely, you should avoid anything heavy, spicy, or with lots of spices or any excessively fatty foods. Therefore, if you have indigestion you should not eat:

  • Fried foods
  • Acidic foods like tomatoes or onions
  • Red meat requiring a lot of digesting
  • Spicy dishes
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated products
  • Carbonated drinks
What To Eat If You Have Indigestion - Step 3

Also, if you have indigestion, come mealtime it is important that you eat slowly and chew well to make digestion easier and faster. Also it is recommended that you eat small amounts frequently, rather than a few larger meals.


If you have indigestion, it is not advisable to smoke or chew gum because this will prevent entry of air into the stomach and will hinder digestion. Instead, it will be beneficial to get some gentle exercise, such as going for a walk to facilitate the processing of food.

What To Eat If You Have Indigestion - Step 5

Drinking teas and infusions after a meal is also a good way to avoid indigestion, even more so if you have acid reflux and heartburn. One of the best options is to drink peppermint tea, as it is great to aid proper digestion. If you frequently have this problem take a look at our article Most effective herbal remedies for acid reflux and heartburn.

What To Eat If You Have Indigestion - Step 6

As we've already mentioned, sometimes indigestion can also cause heartburn or exess gases. If it gets to this point, you can take a look at the following OneHowto articles that might be useful for you:

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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