Cure Indigestion With These Effective Home Remedies
“The food was good and I ate too much.”
Doesn't this sound very similar to you?
Sometimes when we eat more than we should, our body pays the price.
Indigestion is one of the bad things that happen after we go on a carefree eating spree.
It's hard to avoid good food, so wouldn't it be nice that you could just avoid indigestion in the first place?
Life would be so much better If you could just prevent the feeling of bloating, acidity, nausea, and even gas, or at least know how to deal with it.
If you want to know how you can do this, keep reading.
What does indigestion feel like?
If your stomach is upset after last night's party, possibly is that you ate too much. If your discomfort is due to indigestion look out for these signs -
- Stomach ache
- Feeling of acidic reflux
- Urge to vomit
- Burps and farts
- Sour breath
- Coughs and hiccups.
10 Easy Ways To Defeat Indigestion
#1. Drink Water
Water is the universal remedy for almost everything wrong with your digestive system. Water makes everything better. Dehydration can worsen your symptoms of indigestion.
If you haven't had enough water, drink some right away. It's recommended to drink at least 2.5 to 4 litres of water every day to stay healthy and hydrated. Making it simple, just drink about 8 to 10 cups of water a day and you're good to go.
If you are also experiencing vomiting and diarrhea along with heartburn and other symptoms, drinking water becomes very important as vomiting and diarrhea can lead to water loss and digestion.
#2. Don't Be Lazy
Don't lie down immediately after having food.
If you're feeling uneasy and feel a burning sensation in your stomach, avoid lying down as the acid in your stomach can move upwards.
If you can't resist lying down, keep your upper body elevated, at least to a 30° angle. You can do this by keeping a pillow under your back and neck.
#3. Heat Can Help
Take a warm shower. Heat will ease the tension in your muscles can help bring relief from gastric pain. You can also apply a hot water bag on your stomach. Don't keep it in direct contact and make sure it doesn't burn your skin. Keep the water bag for 15-20 mins to ease the pain.
Ginger is one the of the most beneficial of all remedies when it comes to an upset stomach.
So chew on some ginger or drink some ginger tea.
Ginger can effectively reduce vomiting, stomach ache and nausea. You can also add ginger to your food to prevent indigestion.
Ginger can improve your digestion and help reduce infections. If you're experiencing diarrhea, sip some ginger tea and relax while it works.
Mint can help freshen your breath and remove any bad taste from the mouth. Chew on some mint leaves or have some mint tea. It will soothe your stomach and improve digestion. Mint is a famous traditional treatment for relieving pain in stomach, bloating and gas. Mint can also reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting.
You can boil mint leaves with some cardamom and sip it throughout the day or have some mint candies to get relief from heartburn.
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#6. Lime/Lemon Juice
Lime water or lemon juice can improve digestion and help relieve gas and bloating.
Take a glass of water and add 2 tsp of lemon juice to it. Drinking this mixture can help boost your metabolism and improve digestion. It will also help get rid of toxins in the body and clean your digestive tract. You can also add a pinch of baking soda to this mixture. This will help remove extra gas from your stomach.
Lemon water improves liver secretion and intestinal mobility. This, in turn, helps the body to digest food faster and more efficiently.
The acidity and nutrients in lime or lemon juice, help to digest and absorb fats and alcohol. Lemon juice also helps neutralize the bile acids, reducing acidity in the stomach.
#7. Coconut Water (Also a Home Remedy for Acidity)
Coconut water is tasty, hydrating and refreshing and to make things better, it can also work wonders to soothe your upset stomach.
Coconut water can reduce muscle spasms and cramps. It can help relieve acidity in the stomach and reduce the feeling of heartburn. Coconut water can help relieve dehydration causes due to vomiting and diarrhea.
It maintains the electrolyte balance of the body.
It is low in calories and has a high level of nutrients, making it the healthiest beverage you can have during indigestion.
Sip on some fresh coconut water throughout the day to improve your symptoms.
#8. Aloe Juice
Aloe isn't just good for your skin, it's good for your stomach too. Aloe juice can soothe irritation and burning sensation in the stomach. It can also reduce heartburn and improve digestion. Intestinal motility is also improved by consuming aloe vera juice and it reduces inflammation as well.
You can dilute some aloe vera juice in water and consume it early in the morning to see its beneficial effects.
#9. Cumin (Also a Home Remedy to Get Relief From Gas!)
Cumin is known for improving digestion. Chewing cumin or drinking cumin water helps reducing inflammation in the stomach. It relieves gastric acidity and soothes heartburn. It decreases gas and reduces intestinal inflammation. It also has antimicrobial properties.
Cumin can be powdered and added to the meals.
Boil 2 to 3 tsp of cumin seeds in water and sip the water throughout the day to see improvement.
#10. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint acts as a great mouth freshener. It can reduce and help take away the foul breath which comes along with other symptoms of indigestion.
It can help relieve pain in the stomach and reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting. You can consume peppermint in the form of tea or as candies.
However, avoid taking peppermint as it can worsen the symptoms of acid reflux.
How to Prevent Indigestion?
#1. Avoid Smoking
Smoking can worsen your symptoms if you're suffering from indigestion. Smoking can irritate your throat and airway passages making it harder for you to swallow or breathe. If you have been vomiting, smoking can irritate your food pipe.
#2. Avoid Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol is difficult for the body to digest. Alcohol consumption is bad for the stomach lining, it can also irritate your gastrointestinal tract. Liver function is adversely affected due to alcohol consumption. Avoid consuming alcohol during indigestion as it can make matter worse for you.
#3. Make Healthier Choices
Some foods are better for you than others, especially if your digestive system is under stress.
Try to avoid foods that are -
- High in salt.
- Full of preservatives.
Have foods that are -
- High in water content.
- Full of natural ingredients.
- Low in sodium content.
- Less spicy.
#4. Avoid Stress
Stress is the root cause of many disorders in a body and one of them is indigestion. If you take a lot of stress, chances are that you are ruining your digestive system slowly and steadily.
Stress can aggravate the symptoms of indigestion.
Stress can increase the acid production in your stomach causing acidity and heartburn.
Try to relax and keep yourself hydrated.
#5. Limit Caffeine Consumption (Not the Best Home Remedy for Indigestion!)
Coffee and tea are like an essential morning fuel for most people, but they aren't the best things when it comes to taking care of your digestive health.
If you are currently suffering from indigestion, avoid consuming tea and coffee. If you wish to avoid recurrent episodes of indigestion, limit your intake of tea and coffee to one cup per day.
Habits That Cause Indigestion
If you want a healthy life, your habits matter much more than you think they do. If you wish to avoid and prevent indigestion, some lifestyle changes become necessary.
Strictly avoid doing the following -
- Eating too much.
- Eating too fast.
- Staying in constant stress.
- Staying anxious.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Excessive intake of caffeine.
- Eating spicy food.
- Eating greasy and oily food.
- Not drinking enough water.
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Check Your Medications!
Recurrent episodes of indigestion can also be caused due to some medications that you've been taking regularly.
If you are taking anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, painkillers or steroid drugs they can be a reason behind indigestion. Thyroid medication and oral contraceptives can also contribute to causing indigestion. Cholesterol medications and antibiotics can also cause indigestion.
Remember that medications like these should be taken under medical supervision. Do not increase the dose of medication and duration of treatment on your own. Consult your doctor immediately if your symptoms have not been relieved and you wish to repeat a course of medication again.
Meet Your Doctor
If home remedies and lifestyle changes aren't causing any significant relief, meet your doctor so that proper treatment can be started.
Your doctor will examine you and take a detailed history of your symptoms. He may also ask you to take a few routine tests that will help in choosing the right kind of treatment for you.
Be open to your doctor regarding your issues.
Take only prescribed medications, self-medication should be avoided as some medications can aggravate your symptoms rather than relieving them.
If you are experiencing symptoms of severe indigestion with symptoms lasting more than a few days and they are also gradually worsening, seek medical care immediately.
Watch out for -
- Frequent vomiting
- If the vomit is red or dark.
- There is a loss of appetite
- Trouble in chewing.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Visible blood in stools
- Sticky black stool.
- Abdominal distension.
- Severe pain in the upper right abdomen.
- Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes.
- Fainting due to symptoms
Indigestion can surely ruin your day and even force you to change your plans. However, it's not the worst thing if you know how to deal with it and soothe and your symptoms using easy home remedies. However, If your symptoms worsen meet your doctor and get an examination done instead of taking the matter in your own hands.
Keep your lifestyle healthy and lead an indigestion free life.