Indigestion is a fairly common condition, wherein one’s stomach does not properly secrete digestive juices to digest food items properly. This causes discomfort that varies from case to case. Typically, it may be caused by the hasty consumption of too much food or too many different kinds of food in one sitting. When this happens too often, it may be coupled with heartburn, acidity, and gas problems. While indigestion happens to both men and women, women typically have a greater propensity to get indigestion during their monthly period.
While prevention is always better than cure, which in this case, means avoiding overeating or eating too much too fast, when you are faced up with the discomfort and wishing for relief, there are actually some home remedies found to be effective in relieving indigestion:
1. Pineapple juice – Experts recommend drinking half a glass of pineapple juice right after meals. Of course, this would be an excellent choice if you currently do not suffer from hyperacidity. However, if you find yourself suffering a lot from heartburn, hyperacidity, or gas problems, pineapple may not be the ideal remedy, as it is high in acid. If you must, take the juice with some sugar, and be sure not to drink more than half a glass at a time.
2. Ginger with honey and lemon – Ginger is a good natural remedy for indigestion, and you may take it as ginger ale. You can mix two spoonfuls of honey to a tablespoon of ginger juice and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Add this mixture to a glass of lukewarm water. Be sure to mix them well, and then drink the entire thing. Ginger not only aids digestion, it also enhances assimilation as well as reduces nausea. In addition to taking it in juice form, slices of ginger may also be chewed with salt over a period of 5-10 minutes before meals to help stimulate digestion.
3. Orange – A person suffering from indigestion may find relief by eating an orange. This is because oranges are known for allowing your digestive system to rest. Since you are suffering from indigestion, you will obviously be eating the orange on a full stomach.
4. Grapes – Grapes and grape juice are a good remedy that helps with indigestion, perhaps due to their having just the right level of acidity and sweetness.
5. Ice bag – You can put an ice bag on your stomach for about 30 minutes right after you eat.
6. Baking soda – Baking soda is hailed perhaps as the best cure-all. For indigestion, mix one part water with one part baking soda in a glass and drink the mixture.
7. Cumin seeds – Cumin seeds are also known for helping digestion issues. Mix one tablespoon of cumin seeds to one glass of water.
8. Coriander leaves – Take one tablespoon of coriander leaves with a pinch of salt, preferably two times a day.
9. Probiotics – Many experts recommend probiotic supplemenets for people who frequently suffer from indigestion, mostly of bifidobacteria. If you want a home remedy, it might help to eat yogurt or drink a probiotic yogurt drink after meals or when you feel bloated. Taking them regularly may also enhance your daily digestion.
10. Aloe vera juice – Aloe vera juice is known for helping to clear as well as resolve an upset stomach. Dilute 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice in 6 ounces of water, and take this for a maximum of 3 times a day. Be sure not to take any more than that because this is a strong cathartic.
11. Peppermint – This is another herb that is known for helping with digestion issues. Peppermint not only improves the digestion process, it also catalyzes the time it takes for the stomach to empty, and also reduces flatulence. You can drink peppermint in teas with your meals. A note, though: when you are taking other homeopathic remedies for indigestion, be sure you have at least one hour interval before you take peppermint tea. Apparently, the strong scent of the mint has some possibility of interfering with the action of certain homeopathic treatments.
Despite the availability of these home remedies, hopefully, eating slowly and more responsibly will help you avoid problems with indigestion in the future.