21 Dec 7 Natural Indigestion Remedies
Recently I was stood behind someone in the supermarket queue; he bought 4 loaves of white sliced bread plus 2 packs of indigestion tablets. I couldn’t help thinking to myself that maybe he ought to look at what he was buying and re-evaluate his diet. I stopped myself from butting in but felt quite saddened by it for some reason.
I heard somewhere recently that if you take tablets it is like ‘telling your body to shut up!’ Whilst medicine can sometimes be life saving, popping pills for everyday ailments like indigestion surely can’t be good. Our bodies are pretty good at looking after themselves as long as we fuel them with the right foods.
This has led me to write a blog on the best ways to avoid or cure indigestion, after all we are just about to dive head first into indigestion season aren’t we!
Prevention is always got to be better than cure, so practice these suggestions and hopefully you won’t need the cure.
Eat slowly, eat small and allow your stomach to digest the food.
Stay upright for at least 3-4 hours after eating. Never eat too close to bedtime.
Avoid smoking and alcohol (this may be tricky for most at Christmas but don’t go crazy)
Keep your weight in check, (maybe a new year’s resolution?)
Avoid tight clothing, especially around the stomach area.
Keep an eye on food triggers. Some people find citrus and tomatoes may cause issues, others an intolerance of gluten or dairy. Keeping a food diary is a great way to work this out, you can then test foods you feel may be causing a problem by avoiding them for a week then reintroducing each one at a time and listening to your body.
If you know you are a regular sufferer of indigestion, prevention is better than cure. Ginger is known to help ease digestion and nausea so it is a great spice to include into your diet. Brew a cup of ginger tea about 20 minutes before a meal; it can be made with fresh ginger or a good quality herbal tea bag. Other beneficial herbs are chamomile, peppermint and Fennel.
This is readily available now so stock up on a few bottles and leave in the fridge. Normally known to alleviate sunburn, Aloe Vera reduces inflammation in the stomach and oesophagus areas.
Eat a Banana
Bananas contain a natural antacid so if you are not too full, try eating one when you feel the need, or include one in your daily diet as a preventative. Apples are also believed to have a similar effect.
Eat a Handful of Almonds after Meals
Nuts are not only good for indigestion, they are a great source of omega oils and lots of other nutrients, just 3-4 after eating should help. Don’t have too many as it could have the adverse effect!
Whilst I am not keen on chewing gum, I think it is preferable to drugs. Chewing after a meal increases saliva production, which washes away acid.
Increase Acid Intake
This may seem like a totally crazy notion but often acid reflux is caused when there is not enough stomach acid. As we age stomach acid can decrease and if antacid drugs have been taken regularly they may have worsened the situation.
The answer can be in Apple Cider Vinegar, take 1 tbsp. in a glass of water first thing in the morning and/or before meals. Ensure you get a very good quality, preferably organic vinegar with a ‘mother.’
Bicarbonate of Soda
I wouldn’t recommend doing this too often as Bicarbonate of Soda is a salt based product and is highly alkaline, however, it often offers instant relief so could be worth using occasionally if you must!
Stir ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda into a glass of water and drink immediately.
Stay healthy and indigestion free!