Once again, you’re the first to have cleaned your plate. You sit, hands on your stomach, moaning and groaning about how full you feel. If this sounds familiar, then chances are you’re no stranger to the effects of indigestion following a good-sized feast.
Four in 10 adults suffer from indigestion, which is most often brought on by overeating or eating too fast without chewing. But slow eaters aren’t in the clear either. Indigestion also can be brought on by food allergies, lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, medicines such as aspirin, improperly cooked food, and finally, stress and anxiety.
It’s important to understand that indigestion is caused when the acid in your stomach flows back up your esophagus or when your stomach is irritated or inflamed. While it’s most common to experience indigestion after meals, you can suffer from it at any time, day or night. Indigestion is affiliated with a number of symptoms including pain, fullness or discomfort in the upper part of your stomach or chest. Heartburn is another symptom of indigestion, as is the build up of gas and loss of appetite.
Fortunately, treating indigestion can be done easily and naturally. There are several remedies you can try at home, following a meal that are proven to ease the discomfort.
Eating foods that contain digestive enzymes can help break down the amino acid bonds in proteins, promoting good digestion. Try drinking a half-glass of pineapple juice after every meal. Or for an effective solution, mix a spoonful of lemon juice with one spoonful of ginger and two spoonfuls of honey in a glass of lukewarm water. Mix them well and drink. Lemon juice alone has also been known to cure indigestion as it fights against bacteria. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice in a cup of hot water before a meal to prevent acid indigestion. Eating an orange or grapes are more effective indigestion remedies as they give rest to the digestion organs and supply nutrition. Baking soda is a popular remedy, but has an unpleasant taste. Simply mix equal parts of baking soda with water for immediate relief.
For relief on contact, water treatments have proven to be effective remedies. For on-the-spot healing, try applying an ice bag over your stomach for a full hour after meals. A daily cold friction bath has proven to be helpful as well. Alternate hot and cold baths at night before bed.
Other natural at-home remedies include:
• Drink one cup of ginger tea after meals to promote healthy digestion and to prevent heartburn
• Chewing a fresh piece of ginger with salt, five to ten minutes before meals, stimulates digestion
• A tablespoon of cinnamon water, taken an hour after meals, relieves flatulence and indigestion
• Cumin seeds help your body digest food as well as reduce gas and soothe indigestion. Mix one teaspoon of cumin seeds in a glass of water. Add one teaspoon of fresh coriander leaf juice and a pinch of salt. This can be taken twice daily after meals.
• One or two teaspoons of coriander juice, added to fresh buttermilk, is highly beneficial in treating digestive disorders
• Aniseed is potently therapeutic. Its powerful action on the digestive system eases indigestion and flatulence. Eat ½ teaspoon as a natural antacid.
• Cloves promote enzymatic flow and boost digestive functioning
If indigestion treatment doesn’t seem to be working for you, it’s always a good idea to try and prevent the problem before it starts. Start by eating smaller, more frequent meals—and of course the slower you eat, the better. Also, try being more selective about what you eat. Limit your intake of acid-stimulating foods and drinks. With a little extra conscious effort, you’ll be indigestion-free in no time.
Article courtesy Healthy beginnings