Indigestion, also known by the medical term dyspepsia, is due to a problem in the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach. Usually indigestion occurs after eating spicy or fatty foods or overeating.
It can also be triggered or made worse due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, stress or anxiety, obesity, ulcers, stomach infection, thyroid disease, smoking and certain medications.
Some symptoms of indigestion are bloating, gas, growling stomach, abdominal pain, burning sensation in the upper abdomen, acidic taste and vomiting.
You can easily get relief from indigestion symptoms using ingredients from your pantry. For instance, sipping a little water at the first sign of indigestion can give you some relief as it helps increase the gastric pH.
Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds contain 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.
- Alternatively, you can drink fennel tea, made by steeping two teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds in a cup of hot water.
- Another option is to simply chew a spoonful of fennel seeds for symptom relief.
Ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food. This makes ginger an effective remedy for indigestion, especially when it is caused by overeating.
In fact, as a preventive measure, you can sprinkle salt on some fresh ginger slices and chew it thoroughly after eating a heavy meal.
- Take two teaspoons of ginger juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of table salt and black salt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and consume it with or without water, whatever suits you.
- Another option is to add two teaspoons of ginger juice and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm water and drink it.
- You can also drink homemade ginger tea to get relief from bloating, cramps, gas and stomach aches. To make ginger tea, boil one teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of water for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Adding ginger as a spice in your recipes can also help if you are suffering from indigestion.
Indigestion often happens due to high levels of stomach acids. Baking soda is one of the most simple and effective treatments for this problem because it acts like an antacid.
Stir one-half teaspoon of baking soda into half a glass of water. Drink this solution to neutralize the acid in your stomach and give your relief from bloating.
Carom seeds, also known as Bishop’s weed or ajwain, have digestive and carminative properties that help treat indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
- Grind together some carom seeds and dried ginger into a fine powder. Add one teaspoon of this powder and a little black pepper to a cup of warm water and drink it. Do this once or twice a day.
- Simply eating one-half teaspoon of carom seeds can also provide relief from indigestion.
Cumin has a long history of use as an Ayurvedic remedy for digestive problems including indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and flatulence. 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 in the stomach, 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.
Coriander is an effective spice to treat indigestion as it promotes the production of digestive enzymes and helps calm the stomach.
- Add one teaspoon of roasted coriander seed powder to a glass of buttermilk and drink it once or twice a day.
- To reduce acidity in the stomach, extract the juice of fresh coriander leaves and mix one teaspoon of this juice in one cup of buttermilk. Drink it two or three times a day.
Basil is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy for indigestion and acid reflux. It also helps relieve intestinal gas, thanks to its carminative properties.
- Add one teaspoon of basil to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups of this tea a day.
- Mix 5 or 6 ground basil leaves, ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and a little black pepper powder in 2 to 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Consume it 2 or 3 times a day.
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.
- Eat smaller and more frequent meals.
- Eat slowly.
- Avoid extremely spicy and fatty foods.
- Avoid binge eating.
- Do not lie down immediately after a meal.
- Cut back on your alcohol consumption.
- Stop smoking.
- Manage stress.
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.