Indigestion

Feeling immediately bloated and full after a meal? Having discomfort in your stomach that is sometimes accompanied by pain? It’s probably indigestion. This condition is common in adults but sometimes kids could suffer from indigestion too especially those with poor eating habits.

This condition can be caused by underlying problems like ulcers, gallbladder problems, or gastroesophageal reflux that is why treatment process for indigestion will vary depending on the cause. Don’t worry, indigestion itself could be treated so you could avoid it and be relieved with its symptoms. But first, analyze the symptoms you are having, it is easier to treat the pains of indigestion if the symptoms are just starting or when you know that it will eventually occur.

Symptoms

• Feeling bloated
• Belching and frequent farting or gas
Acid taste in the mouth
• Nausea and vomiting
• Feeling full in the stomach after meal
• Stomach pains
• Boiling feeling in the tummy
• In severe cases, heartburn may become present

Causes

Indigestion can happen to anyone because of poor eating habits and lifestyle. Examples could be:
• Overeating and eating too fast
• Stress and fatigue
• Eating foods that are high in fat
• Too much intake of alcoholic drinks
• Smoking

These habits can cause your metabolism to work poorly with your digestive system. Avoiding these things can help you fight indigestion. However, if none of these is the cause or your condition, then this indigestion can be classified as non-ulcer dyspepsia or it can be because of other diseases such as:

• GERD
• Ulcers
• Stomach infections
• Pancreatitis
• Thyroid problems
• Gastroparesis (common to people with diabetes)
• Stomach cancer

It is important to know the exact cause of this condition by having diagnosed by a professional so that proper attention can be given. Determining the cause of your condition can be done through blood test, X-ray, or a more invasive procedure called endoscopy.

Pretty woman suffering from stomach pain and indigestion at home in the bedroom

The Best Home Remedies to Treat the Symptoms of Indigestion

There are many home remedies for indigestion that you can easily find in your kitchen and can be considered better than the chemical-based drug prescription such as aspirin, pain killers, estrogen supplements and others that you can buy from drugstores. These products could have potential side effects in your body, and since these are chemical-based, there is a possibility that your body can form resistance against these medications. When treating indigestion, choose the natural solutions as much as possible. These are:

1. Fennel Seeds

Dried, powdered fennel seeds in a half teaspoon dosage mixed with a cup of water is very good in treating indigestion particularly when the condition is cause by eating foods that are high in fats. If you prefer, you can also consume the half teaspoon directly. Fennel seeds are known to contain volatile oils that control flatulence and nausea.

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2. Carom seeds

Both the carminative and digestive properties of carom seeds are very useful in treating symptoms of indigestion. These seeds are also good for flatulence as well as diarrhea. You can simply eat half a teaspoon directly and drink water to help dilute the seeds and reach the stomach quickly or you may also combine it with some ginger tea to give extra soothing effects.

3. Ginger

Ginger is a very well-known stimulant of digestive juices in our digestive system. It helps with the proper flow of the enzymes that contributes a lot in keeping the food well-digested by our body. Drinking this in tea form is recommended especially after eating a full meal.

Those who suffer from indigestion would highly recommend this as part of a daily routine to prevent and help ease indigestion. The ginger tea can be added with lemon juice or honey for additional nutrients as well as improving the taste. Drink this as hot or as warm as possible to give a more soothing effect.

4. Baking Soda

Stomach acid that is higher than the normal level is the primary cause of indigestion. The antacid property of baking soda is one good and effective home remedy to treat indigestion. This solution is very easy to prepare as all you have to do is mix a half teaspoon of this powder to a glass of water. Doing this will immediately give you relief from the symptoms particularly bloating and stomach growling.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

This type of vinegar acquired from fermented apples is excellent in treating many different kinds of health problems, both external and internal, such as hemorrhoids, sunburn, high cholesterol, and indigestion. The alkaline properties of apple cider vinegar help balance the acid level in our stomach.

Simply add a tablespoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink the solution directly. If you prefer, you can add a tablespoon of honey for added nutrients and taste. Drink it twice a day before meal.

6. Cumin

This spice that is known to give that peppery and nutty taste on your dishes is also very effective in the remedy of indigestion and other digestive problems like flatulence and diarrhea. One of its roles is the proper stimulation of the pancreatic enzymes that helps digestion.

To use cumin as treatment for indigestion, simply mix one teaspoon of roasted, pulverized cumin together with half a teaspoon or less of ground black pepper. Add the powder mixture to a glass of water or buttermilk and drink twice or thrice a day for few days.

7. Coriander

Coriander treats indigestion in a way that it helps calm the stomach of the patient. Consuming freshly extracted coriander leaves and combining it with a glass of buttermilk, or creating a tea by boiling several leaves of coriander helps reduce the acidity in the stomach because of the proper production of the digestive enzymes. Coriander seeds are also beneficial for people who suffer from indigestion.

8. Cinnamon

A cup of warm cinnamon tea helps those suffering from indigestion because this strong tasting, aromatic spice helps the digestive process that gives immediate relief to bloating and stomach pains. Simply mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of freshly boiled water. You can prepare your own tea or purchase cinnamon infused tea from the grocery store.

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9. Basil Leaves

There are many health benefits that basil leaves can provide, and these include treatment for indigestion and reducing the symptoms that are present with this condition such as bloating and frequent gas release. The carminative compounds found in this herb helps regulate normal acid levels preventing acid reflux and thinning of the stomach lining due to over production of acid.

Dried basil leaves can be combined with a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for several minutes. You can also grind some basil leaves and mix it with yogurt. The probiotic compounds found in yogurt is also good for your tummy and aids in proper digestion.

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10. Aloe Juice

There are countless health benefits we can get from the Aloe plant. The gel of this plant can help us externally as it can cure skin diseases and can be used as a natural hair treatment. The juice extracted from this plant on the other hand provides internal health benefits such as treatment for severe symptoms of indigestion, particularly heart burn. Drinking fresh aloe juice can smooth down digestion. Since it is a form of laxative, it may cause you frequent visit to the bathroom.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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