A mystery

@savypat (20246)
United States
November 11, 2010 9:38am CST
I feel like a dective. My Hubby complains of indigestion and I cannot figure out why. I make many soups and stews from scratch and most contain the same seasonings and other ingredients. But he gets indigestion only sometimes and I can't pin down what special thing causes this. Does anyone have experience with this? Is it possible that it's not something he is eating, like stress? He doesn't have much of that. I don't want to stop cooking this way, it's very healthful and pretty inexpensive. But I also don't want to cause him illness with what I cook.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
14 Nov 10
There could be a lot of reasons why he gets indigestion. I think that the way you cook probably keeps him from having it as often as he would if you didn't cook that way. Stress...acid reflux...it could be a number of things. I'm sure it's not your cooking..expecially since you aren't using alot of processed stuff.
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• Philippines
12 Nov 10
Hmm.. Dehydration? I don't know but the best way to find out is that for him to go to your nearest doctor. I think it has to do with stress also because I have my days wherein I couldn't figure out the cause of my indigestion. I hope he's okay now. Take care both of you. =)
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12 Nov 10
i have no experience with anything like this at all, if you have made similar things in the same way from a long time and they have not affected him much earlier then maybe he needs to be checked out so that they can try to find out what the problem is. i doubt that it is your cooking, maybe it is stress, maybe he doesn't get enough exercise, maybe it is his age (i don't know how old he is). If the problems persist then i would have him checked by a doctor as you don't want to have this getting any worse, it may then cause more problems. If he is seen by a professional then atleast it will answer what is wrong with him and ease your mind and hopefully something could be done to make him feel better than he is at this moment in time. When in doubt always get a doctor to have a look, it is much better to be safe than leave things for a while and to be sorry later as the problem could have been sorted much sooner. i hope that he get's better and that your able to solve the problem as to what is causing this for him.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Nov 10
My mother suffers from indigestion on a regular basis and takes medication for it. Her doctor doesn’t seem to think it’s caused by any particular food although she doesn’t react well to MSG. Stress can aggravate it but it is not necessarily the sole cause either; it is just the acids in her sensitive stomach. Indigestion is more common in older women in menopause apparently but I don’t know about men. I would see a doctor if I was your husband and I would not worry about your cooking, I bet it doesn’t have anything to do with his problem!
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@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
12 Nov 10
Do you use garlic? That could be the culpit. It sometimes affects me and other times I'm ok. I love garlic but it doesn't always love me. If you don't use garlic then I don't have a clue as to what it could be.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
11 Nov 10
Is his heart okay? Sometimes heart trouble feels like indigestion. If he only gets it sometimes, it probably isn't your cooking. I'd say a visit to the doctor is in order!
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@GardenGerty (105303)
• United States
11 Nov 10
Pat, it may not be the soups, but something else he is eating. Things like too much butter, or sugar. I get similar symptoms if I eat too large a helping of ice cream too late at night. My grandfather, who loved his vegetables and grew many of them himself, found that he had to have vinegar regularly to digest them. If it were me, I would put one to two tablespoons of cider vinegar in a pot of soup and see if that helps. Also products like Beano are good, but much more expensive. I am sometimes sensitive to bell peppers and to cabbage family foods when cooked--cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. It will not really change the taste of the soups to add that little bit of vinegar, but it may help.
@oldchem1 (8144)
11 Nov 10
It sounds like it could be gastric reflux - it is nothing to do with what you cook and a small tablet daily puts it right, my husband and two of my daughters have it, medication has helped them no end!
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