Your questions answered with Jean Blacker, Herbafayre

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Q: I suffer terribly with indigestion and bloating. What do you recommend?

A: Indigestion refers to a wide variety of symptoms including heartburn, wind and bloating, and is usually a sign that the digestive system is having trouble coping with the amount or type of food it is being asked to process.

There are certain foods you can avoid if you know you’re prone to the problem: red meat and fatty cuts of meat are hard to digest, so swap these for lean cuts of turkey, chicken or fish.

Cheese is also very hard to digest, so definitely one to avoid if you can; you should also reduce your intake of sugary foods, cakes, biscuits and rich puddings. However it’s not just what you eat, it’s also how you eat. Your body finds it hard to run around and digest at the same time, so sit down and relax; don’t bolt your food and give yourself five minutes once you’ve finished eating before you jump up and start attacking the day again.

Chew your food properly as it not only breaks your meal down to a manageable size, but it also alerts the stomach to the imminent delivery of food. If you don’t chew, your stomach won’t have produced the digestive enzymes it needs.