Indigestion is very common cause of concern for a lot of us. Getting tempted by the smell of pani – puri and bhale papdi (Indian dishes) is something no one being Indian can control. Many a times our heart and mind tend to urge of eating something really spicy and as a result face gas and indigestion. Gas and indigestion are also indicative of an upset stomach. Symptoms of indigestion may be felt occasionally or even daily and often range in intensity. Many individuals who experience indigestion describe it as an early fullness during a meal or after a meal or severe pain in the upper abdomen. Additional Symptoms of Gas and indigestion are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain / Stomach ache
- Burning sensation in stomach and chest
- An acidic taste in the mouth.
- Unintentional weight loss or loss of appetite
- Black or tarry stools, and
- Fatigue or weakness
You can easily get relief from indigestion using few basics steps available in your home. For instance, sipping a little water can give you some relief as it helps to increase the gastric pH.
- Fennel Seeds: It can be really helpful for indigestion caused by very spicy or fatty food. It contains volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.
- Dry roast, grind, and sieve fennel seeds. Take half a teaspoon of this powder along with water.
- Follow this remedy twice daily.
- Another option is to simply chew a spoonful of fennel seeds for symptom relief.
- Add one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.
- Mix in one teaspoon of raw honey.
- Drink this solution two to three times a day for quick relief.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar: It is often used to kick start a slow stomach. Though acidic in nature, it has an alkalizing effect that helps settling down the problem of indigestion.
• Add one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.
• Mix in one teaspoon of raw honey.
• Drink this solution two to three times a day for quick relief.
3. Herbal Tea: Drinking herbal tea after having a heavy meal can greatly reduce indigestion. Dip the herbal tea bag into a hot cup of water and drink it while it is still warm. Peppermint tea and chamomile tea, in particular, can relieve in digestive problems.
4. Cumin: Cumin has a very old history of use as an Ayurved for digestive problems including indigestion and nausea. It stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes that aid digestion.
- Mix one teaspoon of roasted cumin seed powder in a glass of water and drink it.
- For heaviness, add one-quarter teaspoon each of roasted cumin seed powder and black pepper to a glass of buttermilk and drink it two or three times a day for a few days.
5. This readily available spice can be of great help when suffering from indigestion. Cinnamon helps in the digestive process and can provide relief from cramps and bloating.
• Make a cup of cinnamon tea by adding one-half teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes.
• Drink it while it is still warm for best results.
The best way to avoid getting into these situations that seem to cause indigestion is that you can keep a note to figure out what you eat that gives you trouble. Other ways to prevent indigestion are:
- To make your stomach work less eat small meals and eat slowly.
- Avoid foods with a lot of acid, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
- Cut back on or avoid foods and drinks that have caffeine also cut back on alcohol.
- If you smoke, quit. Or at least, don’t light up right before or after you eat, since smoking can irritate your stomach.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. They can put pressure on your stomach, which can make the food you’ve eaten move up into your esophagus.
These remedies will help to reduce the symptoms of indigestion. However, if you have intense abdominal pain or excessive vomiting, consult a doctor right away.