Take time to eat your food slowly and chew it thoroughly. When you eat too fast, you don't chew food thoroughly and often swallow more air, causing heartburn, belching, bloating or excess gas. Additionally, chewing well allows enzymes in the saliva to commence digestion before the food reaches the stomach.
Stress interferes with normal functioning of your intestines and can result in stomach upset, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea. Try not to eat when you are anxious or angry. When you're relaxed, you tend to chew your food more completely, gastric and intestinal juices flow more freely, and digestive muscles contract and relax normally.
Fruits contain enzymes that assist with the digestion of protein and other foods. Paw paw, kiwifruit and pineapple are the best sources.Yoghurt containing "good" bacteria may also be helpful.
Chewing gum sometimes contributes to chronic indigestion problems. The chewing action and the release of saliva trick your stomach into thinking that food is on the way, causing it to start production of digestive juices.