Indigestion, medically known as Dyspepsia, is a malfunctioning of the digestive system which results in bloating, a feeling of fullness in the stomach, during and after a meal, flatulence and even heartburn. Indigestion may be caused mainly by stress and the rigors’ of present day life. Indigestion is also a result of faulty eating habits, eating spicy food, lots of red meat, and also over indulgence. Irregular meal times, eating without chewing properly, excessive intake of coffee and tea, as well as alcoholic drinks also cause indigestion. Staying up late and constant use of allopathic medicines also leads to indigestion.
About Natural Remedies for Indigestion
Natural remedies are remedies made from ingredients available in nature like fruits, herbs, vegetables, and essential oils derived from plants. These remedies are easy on the pocket, contain no chemicals and do not have side effects. More importantly they treat a condition as it is supposed to be treated, by utilizing nature rather than taking in synthetic medicines.
Indigestion Do’s and Don’ts
- Regular exercise helps increase the metabolism and improves digestion.
- Eating seasonal fruits, green leafy vegetables, and drinking plenty of water.
- Practicing meditation and yoga.
- Eating small meals instead of one large heavy meal,
- Eating food slowly and chewing it properly.
- Reduce the intake of meat, spicy food and oily food.
- Stop smoking and excessive intake of beverages and alcoholic drinks.
- Do not stay awake late at night and avoid stress and anxiety.
- Breathing exercises and specific asana as prescribed in yoga relieves indigestion.
Home Remedies for Indigestion
- Fresh ginger juice about 15 ml mixed in lukewarm water taken three times a day.
- Fresh lemon juice in warm water to which honey is added taken three times a day.
- Chewing on a small piece of fresh ginger rubbed with salt before a meal improves digestion.
- Buttermilk, to which roasted cumin and salt is added taken after a meal aids in digestion.
- Grind together equal amounts of ginger powder, black powder, dried mint leaves, aniseed, coriander seeds, cumin, and common salt to a fine powder. Take one teaspoon with water twice a day after meals.
- Fasting a day is an excellent remedy for indigestion.
- One tablespoon each of Ajwain and rock salt are mixed together, eat this mixture whenever there is indigestion.
- Herbal teas, made of ginger or mint are good remedies for indigestion.
- Mix together 1 tsp of coriander seeds, ginger powder, 2 cloves and 3 cardamoms. Eat this mixture if there is flatulence and indigestion.
- One tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in water, gives relief from stomach pain and indigestion.