Indigestion, clinically termed as dyspepsia, is a common stomach problem none of us have remained immune to. Especially because Indian food is spicy and greasy, it’s not surprising to suffer from indigestion once in a while. When this happens, one experiences bloating, a sensation of burning in the upper abdominal region, nausea, and a feeling of ‘fullness’ in the stomach.
Why does indigestion occur?
Indigestion that occurs occasionally can be attributed to:
• Eating and drinking too much too fast
• Taking antibiotic tablets on an empty stomach
• Iron supplements
• Heavy consumption of alcohol
• Food intolerance
• Heavy consumption of foods with fatty acids and carbonated drinks
• Psychological issues like anxiety and stress
Persistent indigestion, on the other hand, is typically indicative of a bigger problem. Esophagitis (inflammation of the oesophagus), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), gallstones, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and stomach or abdominal ulcers are chronic diseases that see frequent occurrences of indigestion as a major symptom. It is advisable to visit a doctor when repeated indigestion is coupled with bloody vomit, black and tarry stools, unnecessary fatigue, and an uneasy feeling while swallowing.
Natural remedies for indigestion
Antacids are a common remedy for indigestion. They neutralize the acid in the stomach, thus offering relief from the burning sensations felt during indigestion. However, antacids treat only the symptoms but do not cure the root cause of discomfort. Moreover, they can have side effects like diarrhea or constipation. Their overuse can also lead to the formation of kidney stones and long-term use increases the chances of osteoporosis in old age.
If you're experiencing a bout of indigestion and you've managed to narrow down the cause to the oily food you ate at the wedding last night, try these quick home remedies for immediate relief.
Peppermint and chamomile tea have proven to be useful in bringing relief from indigestion. Apart from being a breath freshener, peppermint also relaxes the esophageal sphincter. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing inflammation in the gut and stomach. It also helps decrease insomnia and anxiety. However, it is not advisable to use peppermint if you’re suffering from GERD. It must also be noted that chamomile must not be used if there is regular intake of blood-thinning drugs.
Mint and tulsi
Mint leaves, commonly called pudina, also help in relieving indigestion. They are packed with antioxidants and increase the secretion of bile, which aids in digestion. Basil leaves are also helpful; they stimulate the production of mucus in the stomach, this neutralizing acidity during indigestion. Chew on 2-3 of these leaves to get relief from indigestion. Gas-O-Fast’s active Pudina tablets are power-packed with crushed pudina that offers instant relief from indigestion.
Water boiled with ginger is one of the easiest home remedies to push indigestion out the door. Ginger reduces the secretion of stomach acids, which rids you of the uncomfortable feeling that comes with indigestion. You can also have ginger candy or ale.
Lemon water is another quick remedy for overcoming indigestion. A few drops of juice from a fresh lemon squeezed into hot water does the trick. The alkaline nature of lemon combats the acid present in the stomach and brings relief. Lemon water is also a source of Vitamin C. However, an increased frequency of urination may be experienced.
Many seeds are known to have medicinal properties. The most commonly used seeds to cure indigestion are - fennel seeds (saunf), carom seeds (ajwain) and cumin seeds (jeera). Saunf has antispasmodic properties i.e. it prevents spasms from occurring in the internal organs, thus preventing cramps and nausea. Carom seeds are also good for gastric troubles. They contain an essential element - thymol - which has antacid properties. On ingestion, the seeds stimulate the release of gastric juices that calm down an inflamed stomach.
Cumin is another remedy that works by stimulating the release of digestive enzymes. These enzymes calm down the upper region of the abdomen - a common site of indigestion. Gas-O-Fast produces powdered and active forms of these seeds to provide instant relief from indigestion.
Symptoms like indigestion may have a superficial or chronic cause. If the superficial cause is evident and the symptoms occur soon after the cause, why waste precious time and money? Ayurvedic, home remedies are at your disposal; they are easy to execute and involve ingredients easily available in the kitchen. Ginger, jeera, lemon, peppermint - raw materials that can be dissolved in water or tea to bring about quick relief. Do note, if indigestion occurs quite frequently and is persistent - a visit to the doctor is a must.
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