Remedies For Indigestion
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
We love to eat tasty foods and love to try different cuisines. And as a result we eat too fast or consume too much of these foods. This results in Indigestion!!!
How do we understand that we are suffering from indigestion?
We feel uncomfortable abdominal fullness after eating, or we may have pain or a burning sensation in our upper stomach.
Indigestion is not a disease, but rather a symptom of other gastrointestinal problems, like ulcers, gastritis,or acid reflux.
Anyone can have indigestion at any time. But we must remember that Instead of reaching for over-the-counter antacids to calm our stomach, we can try controlling symptoms with ingredients and herbs in our kitchen.
Here’s a look at some home remedies that can provide quick relief for indigestion.
1. Peppermint tea
We know peppermint as a breath freshener. But It also has an antispasmodic quality which makes it a great choice for relieving stomach problems like nausea and indigestion. Drink a cup of peppermint tea after meals to quickly soothe your stomach or keep a few pieces of peppermint in your pocket and suck on the candy after eating.
While peppermint can ease indigestion, but you should not drink or eat peppermint when indigestion is caused by acid reflux. Because peppermint relaxes the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus.
Drinking or eating it can cause stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus and worsen acid reflux. Peppermint tea is not recommended for people with ulcers.
2. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is known to help in getting sleep and calm anxiety. This herb can also ease stomach discomfort and relieve indigestion by reducing stomach acid in the gastrointestinal tract. Chamomile also acts as an anti-inflammatory to stop pain.
To prepare chamomile tea, place one or two teabags in boiling water for 10 minutes. Pour in a cup and add honey, if desired. Drink the tea as needed to stop indigestion.
Consult a doctor before drinking chamomile tea if you are taking blood thinner.
3. Apple cider vinegar
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Ginger is another natural remedy for indigestion because it can reduce stomach acid!
Drink a cup of ginger tea as needed to soothe your stomach and get rid of indigestion. Other options include sucking on ginger candy, drinking ginger ale, or making your own ginger water. Boil one or two pieces of ginger root in four cups of water. Add flavor with lemon or honey before drinking.
Please don’t take ginger more than 3-4 grams per day!
5. Fennel seed
This antispasmodic herb can also help in indigestion after a meal, as well as soothe other gastrointestinal problems like stomach cramping, nausea, and bloating.
Put 1/2 teaspoon of crushed fennel seed in water and allow it to boil for 10 minutes before drinking. Drink fennel tea whenever you experience indigestion. Another option is to chew fennel seed after meals if you feel uncomfortable.
Possible side effects of fennel include nausea, vomiting, and sun sensitivity.
6. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda can quickly neutralize stomach acid and relieve indigestion, bloating, and gas after eating. For this remedy, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 ounces of warm water and drink.
Sodium bicarbonate is generally safe and nontoxic. But drinking large amounts of baking soda can bring on a few unwelcome side effects, such as constipation, diarrhea, irritability, vomiting, and muscle spasms. If you drink a solution containing 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for indigestion, don’t repeat for at least two hours.
Always remember that adults should have no more than seven 1/2 teaspoons in a 24-hour period and no more than three 1/2 teaspoons if the age is above 60.
7. Lemon water
The alkaline property of lemon water also neutralizes stomach acid and improves digestion. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice in hot or warm water and drink a few minutes before eating.
Along with easing indigestion, this lemon water is also an excellent source of vitamin C. However, too much lemon water can wear down tooth enamel and cause increased urination. To protect your teeth, rinse your mouth with water after drinking lemon water.
8. Licorice root
Licorice root can calm muscle spasms and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, and help in indigestion. Chew licorice root for relief or add licorice root to boiling water and drink the mixture.
Although effective for indigestion, licorice root can cause sodium and potassium imbalances and high blood pressure in large doses. Consume no more than 2.5 grams of dried licorice root per day for fast relief. Eat or drink licorice root 30 minutes before eating or one hour after eating for indigestion.