Home Remedies for Treating Indigestion
Indigestion is also called as dyspepsia which is a stomach problem. Indigestion occurs when the body’s digestive system of the body cannot convert food into simple soluble substances which later get assimilated into the human bloodstream. It is the result of the decreased or increased release of acids and digestive enzymes in the stomach and intestines. When indigestion occurs, the food consumed remains undigested and can cause diarrhea, constipation, dysentery, stomach aches and stomach cramps. It can also cause heartburn due to stomach acid reflux. Indigestion irritates the esophagus and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Indigestion can be caused by several factors such as fast eating, not chewing food properly, heavy meal, consuming excess alcohol, peptic ulcers, smoking, pregnancy, stress, change in lifestyle, anxiety, anti-inflammatory drugs and caffeinated beverages. Women are prone to indigestion during menstruation period.
Symptoms of Indigestion: One can see symptoms when one is suffering from indigestion. Some of the common symptoms which are seen are pain in the abdominal region, uncontrolled burping, nausea, bloating of stomach, flatulence, acid regurgitation and heartburn. There are several home remedies which can help in treating indigestion. Lemon juice helps cure indigestion and also fights bacteria. Add some lemon juice in cider vinegar and drink it before every meal. Lemon juice can also be used by just adding it to a cup of hot water and drinking it before every meal. For immediate relief from indigestion, one can use baking soda. Make a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and drink it. Add a pinch of salt to one teaspoon of fresh coriander juice and drink it twice a day. Drink a cup of ginger tea after every meal to improve digestion.
A fruit named belleric myrobalan (terminalia belerica) is known to help in treating indigestion. Eat one to three grams of pulp of this fruit after every meal. Half a teaspoon of aniseed is also an effective remedy for indigestion. For stomach cramps and stomach pain, one can apply an ice bag over the stomach. Add two to three drops of mint to a glass of water. Have a glass of such water every three to four hours. Clove is known to boost digestive functioning by promoting enzymatic flow. Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds to a glass of water and have it every day to improve the working of the digestive system. Oranges are also used as effective remedies for indigestion. It is known to give rest to the digestive system and also supplying nutrition.