Natural Indigestion Remedies - Home Treatment for Relief
What are some effective natural home indigestion remedies?
Indigestion can be caused by eating the wrong types or the wrong combination of foods, food allergies, digestive tract imbalances, or emotional and environmental stress.
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While it is generally a temporary situation remedied by correcting the balance of the system or eliminating certain foods, it can still be an unsettling inconvenience. Those with ongoing gastrointestinal problems may suffer chronic indigestion, and outside of over the counter medications must rely on natural remedies that can ensure them quick and effective relief.
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion can be the symptom of another problem. Conditions such as gastro esophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcers all commonly have indigestion as a symptom and leave one with a feeling of fullness, pain and / or burning once a meal has been eaten. Sufferers may experience an acid taste, belching, nausea, gas and / or vomiting. Symptoms could intensify when stress is factored in.
Those at risk for indigestion include people of both sexes and all ages. Risk increases with such factors as drug use (even aspirin), excessive consumption of alcohol, presence of ulcers, smoking, and the presence of anxiety or depression.
However, some who suffer chronic indigestion experience none of the above factors. Their type of intestinal disruption is known as functional indigestion (non-ulcer dyspepsia).
So what are some good natural indigestion remedies which you can use at home for treatment?
If you are prone to indigestion, try this indigestion remedy - apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in water before you sit to eat (works equally well after a meal).
The liquid from equal amounts (1 cup each) of bran and oatmeal, allowed to stand for 24 hours in a gallon of water, then strained, makes a good tonic to drink 15 minutes before each meal as a preventative for indigestion.
If you have already eaten and are afflicted with indigestion afterwards, there are several indigestion remedies that work well. Peppermint (even the hard candy) is a well known aid for digestion, as is ginger. Several of the herbal teas - blackberry, chamomile and raspberry, are also good choices. For instant relief, adding baking soda to a glass of water works well for many.
When it comes to natural indigestion remedies and prevention tips, it is also partly about what to avoid.
Those who suffer frequent indigestion do well to avoid large meals, opting for 5 to 6 smaller ones throughout the day. Increasing water intake ensures adequate aid in keeping stomach acid balanced.
Smoking is never a good idea - it is hard on the system in general, and an increase in stress coupled with smoking can trigger indigestion. Hot spicy foods along with fatty foods affect a large number of people, as does caffeinated drinks and chocolate.
Take a walk everyday that you are able to, for at least 30 minutes. This is not only good for the body in general, but exercise is especially good for those experiencing stress. It also helps to chew foods slowly.
Outside of stress, food plays a major part in indigestion, and there are foods which can help as natural indigestion remedies. Try adding raw or lightly steamed vegetables to your meals. Eat fruits raw. For prevention in areas such as flatulence, bloating and belching, try pineapples juice after meals. Grapes work well for digestive problems, whether upset stomach or indigestion.
Color therapists claim the color yellow has healing rays that can help with all digestive problems. Yellow foods such as lemons, bananas, squash, pineapple and ripe papaya (yellow in color and known for papain - a digestive enzyme), are all said to work well.
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