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9 home remedies for indigestion, flatulence, acidity and other digestive problems

Fennel, banana, figs, ginger and other simple remedies for better digestion

Written by Anusuya Suresh |Published : November 15, 2017 6:04 PM IST

Food provides us with nourishment and when it is prepared in a tasty way, it can also provide a deep sense of gratification. Unfortunately, there are some people who cannot enjoy food because they suffer from dyspepsia or indigestion. This condition is generally a result of some problem with the action of the digestive juices or enzymes in the stomach which manifests in the form of gas, bloating, heartburn, vomiting or a heavy or sluggish feeling. However, there are several simple home remedies that can help to provide relief from indigestion. Here are some of the most important tips for better digestion.

Ginger

Ginger contains a volatile oil that helps to relieve flatulence. Just boil a little peeled and grated ginger in a glass of water, allow to cool and sip when still warm for relief from gas and bloating. Even better, garnish the food you cook every day with a little grated ginger to enjoy better digestive health.

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Peppermint tea

Peppermint also contains a volatile oil with components that help to improve digestion. If you have access to the herb, boil a few leaves of peppermint with a glass of water and sip the warm peppermint tea. You can also add a few drops of edible quality peppermint oil into warm water and drink for relief from indigestion. However, an important point to remember is that peppermint can aggravate acidity and therefore, if you suffer from heartburn, this is not the right remedy for you.

Fiber

People who have a tendency for constipation often suffer from a sluggish feeling, gas and bloating; in some cases, it may lead to a dull headache or a general feeling of lethargy. For such persons, it is important to increase the fiber they consume to ensure waste gets eliminated with regularity. Bananas and green leafy vegetables are good sources of fiber to deal with digestive problems such as constipation.

Figs

Fig contains certain proteins that have a natural laxative action; this can be useful in dealing with constipation. Soak figs in water overnight; the next morning; eat the fig and drink the water and you will notice that is much easier to pass stools without straining.

Fennel

Fennel or saunf contains volatile components that reduce flatulence. Fennel seeds may be simply chewed after a meal to ensure better digestion or they may be boiled with a glass of water to make a warm tea that soothes irritation in the stomach and intestine.

Eat slowly, chew well

Wolfing down food causes the swallowing of a greater amount of gas than slow chewing. Also, when you gobble food without chewing, there is no time for the salivary juice to act on the food in the mouth and consequently, there is a greater load on the digestive process in the stomach. The solution then is to eat slowly and chew each mouthful of food carefully to ensure better digestion.

Get meal timings right

Avoiding breakfast and going on to lunch directly causes too big a gap between meals and leads to gastric irritation, heartburn and acidity. Moreover, if you eat very fast and a larger quantity to assuage the higher level of hunger, it puts an even greater strain on the digestive system. Do this every day and it is an open invitation to chronic indigestion, bloating and constipation. The way out is to have smaller meals at more frequent intervals with a breakfast compulsorily every morning. Also, dinner must be at least two to three hours before going to bed in order to allow sufficient digestion before you fall asleep because digestion slows down during sleep. (Read: Have digestion problem? Avoid these difficult to digest foods)

Keep stress at bay

Several studies link digestive system problems to high levels of anxiety and stress. Besides, it becomes a vicious cycle stress causes digestive problems and when these cause discomfort and pain and persist for long, these digestive issues become fodder for greater stress. Use physical exercise, meditation, yoga and other hobbies to relieve your mind of stress and you will notice a gradual decrease in your stress-induced digestive problems.

Avoid cold foods and drinks at mealtimes

Just as water douses out a flame, consuming ice-cold water or foods at mealtimes can dilute the effectiveness of the digestive juices and enzymes. This leads to problems with digestion and therefore, is best avoided. Eat food and drink water that is at room temperature or slightly warm to ensure your digestive system functions at optimal levels. (Read: 8 causes of indigestion that you didn t know)

So, these are a few tips on home remedies for better digestion. When faced with indigestion, it is good to try one or more of these remedies until you find the one that gives you sufficient relief. However, if despite adopting these measures, you find the problem persists, it is vital you see a doctor to find out if there is some other underlying cause of the indigestion and get that treated at the earliest.

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