If you eat too fast or consume too much of unhealthy foods, you may get suffered from indigestion or gastric problem. Its symptoms includes uncomfortable stomach fullness after eating, or you may feel pain or burning in your chest or upper stomach part. Indigestion is not a disease only, but it is a symptom of many gastro-intestinal issues and problems. For example, ulcer, gastritis, or acid reflux. Some people face indigestion problem at some point. However of reaching for over the counter antacids to calm your stomach, one might want to try to control these ailments with herbal remedies at your home.
Following are some of those home remedies which can give your comfort.
1. Peppermint Tea:
Peppermint-home remedy is better than breath freshener. It has an antispasmodic effect on our whole body, and make it better choice for removing stomach disorders for example nausea & indigestion. For this purpose, we should take a cup of peppermint tea after eating food for quick relief of your stomach and you can also keep some pieces of peppermint in your pocket and suck as candy after meal. The peppermint make easy indigestion, if you don’t drink or eat peppermint when indigestion is caused due to acid reflex. Because peppermint comforts the lower esophageal sphincter muscle which is between the stomach and the esophagus. Drinking or eating the peppermint during indigestion by acid reflux, it cause stomach acid to flow back towards esophagus and damage acid reflux. Peppermint tea can not be used for people having GERD or ulcers.
2. Chamomile Tea:
Chamomile tea-home remedy is known for inducing sleep and calm anxiety. This herb provide relief to gut discomfort and remove indigestion by decreasing stomach acid from gastrointestinal tract. Chamomile also works as an anti-inflammatory to remove pain. In order to prepare the chamomile tea, take 1 or 2 teabags with boiled water and wait for 10-minutes. After this put honey according to your own taste and drink tea as you desire to remove indigestion. If you want to make blood thinner then you should consult a doctor before drinking the chamomile tea as it contains an ingredient which works as an anticoagulant and it causes bleeding when we use it combine mixed with a blood thinner.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar-home remedy is used to improve the condition of skin and to decrease the weight loss as well as it also help to relieve indigestion. As a small quantity of stomach acid can provoke indigestion, drink apple cider vinegar to enhance your body’s stomach acid production. Take 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar and mixed it into a cup of water and drink to relieve immediate indigestion. You should drink this mixture 30-minutes before eating in order to prevent from indigestion. Although the use of apple cider vinegar is not harmful, but the use of this mixture in pure form or in excess quantity causes bad effects like nausea, tooth erosion, throat burn and low blood sugar.
Another natural home remedy for indigestion is the use of Ginger because it reduces stomach acid. As we know that the too little or too much quantity of stomach acid causes indigestion so it helps to relieve indigestion. In order to relive indigestion and to relief your stomach, drink a cup of ginger tea according to your own taste or quantity. In other way you can also relive indigestion by sucking a piece of ginger, drinking ginger ale or using ginger water. Take 1 or 2 pieces of ginger root and boiled in 4-cups of water. Before drinking, add lemon or honey for better flavor. You should use 3 to 4 grams per day according to valid source. Too much usage of ginger can cause throat burn, gas and heart burn.
5. Fennel Seeds:
It is an antispasmodic herb. It can also cure indigestion after eating food, as well as relieve other gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea, bloating and stomach cramping. In order to prepare fennel tea take 1 or 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds in water and boiled for 10-minutes before drinking. Whenever you face indigestion, take a cup of fennel tea. Another method to relieve indigestion is to chew fennel seeds, whenever you have to face indigestion by eating some special foods. The usage of fennel seeds in an un-appropriate way, causes some side effects such as vomiting, nausea and sun sensitivity.
6. Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate):
It is also a home remedy. Baking soda can be used to relieve indigestion. It can neutralize quickly stomach acid, bloating and gas after meal. For this purpose add 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda into 4-ounces of hot water and drink to relieve indigestion. Generally, Baking soda or Sodium bicarbonate is safe and non-toxic. But by drinking of baking soda in large quantity causes side effects for example vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, muscles spams and constipation. For indigestion, once you drink 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda solution, don’t drink for at least 2-hours. From responsible sources, adults should not drink more than seven 1 or 2 teaspoons in 24-hours and also no more than three 1 or 2 teaspoons at the age of over 60.
7. Lemon Water:
This home remedy can also be used to relieve indigestion. The alkaline effect of lemon water can neutralize stomach acid and enhances digestion. For this purpose, mix a tablespoon of lemon juice in hot water and drink a few minutes ago before meal. Also lemon water is best source of Vitamin-C, to relieve indigestion. However, excessive use of lemon water can damage tooth enamel and also causes urination in large quantity. After drinking lemon water, rinse your mouth with water to prevent your teeth from damage.
8. Licorice Root:
This is another home remedy to relieve indigestion. Licorice root can relief muscle spasms and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, both can provoke indigestion. For this purpose, Take some pieces of Licorice root in boiled water and drink the mixture for relief or chew Licorice root to relieve indigestion.