Simple Home Remedies that can Soothe Indigestion
The first thing that most people think about when suffering from indigestion is where to find some antacid. While this is the go-to remedy to obtain temporary relief, antacids do little to provide the body with nutrients that may help to deal with underlying causes. Let’s take a look at a few alternatives that may be helpful with reducing the pain, burning or discomfort associated with indigestion while helping to strengthen our digestive system at the same time.
Baking soda, or some variant, is often the key ingredient in many antacid products and medicines on the market today. It helps to neutralize stomach acid and can soothe indigestion that stems from eating certain foods. However, it’s important to keep in mind that acidic foods or drinks account for a small percentage of bouts with indigestion, so baking soda will only work some of the time. When taking baking soda is the appropriate option, the easiest thing to do is mix a teaspoon with some water and drink. Repeat as necessary until the symptoms subside.
Ginger and Chamomile
Ginger root or chamomile flowers are time-honored remedies for soothing upset stomachs and cramping. Both also aid in the overall digestive process and help food to efficiently move through the system. Chamomile in particular is also known for relaxing intestinal walls and aiding in the absorption of nutrients. Make a tea from a little bit of ginger or chamomile by letting the root or flowers steep in near-boiling water for 10 minutes before drinking. You can also take this before or during a meal as well.
Peppermint is an excellent remedy that soothes upset stomach and can reduce occurrences of feeling nauseous. It is also known to help calm muscle spasms in the intestines which can cause cramping as well as diarrhea. You can either chew the leaves slowly and swallow the juices as they mix with saliva or make a tea. In both cases, a couple of servings may be all that you need to experience relief.
Caraway and fennel seeds have been used as digestive aids for thousands of years, and they are known for reducing gas, bloating and muscle spasms. Try eating a spoonful of seeds, making sure to chew them thoroughly before swallowing, to find relief. You can eat more as necessary until the symptoms subside. You can also steep fennel seeds in hot water for 10 minutes and enjoy a warm, soothing tea.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It may seem counter-intuitive to consume an acidic drink when dealing with digestive discomfort. However, remember that not all indigestion is caused by acids. In fact, many digestive ailments can be attributed to low acid levels in the stomach. Consequently, a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water can actually produce surprising results.
Keep in mind that these are just a few of dozens of remedies out there that can be effective when it comes to soothing indigestion. However, because there are so many causes, it may take some trial and error to find the best remedy. Finally, remember that it may be just as well to avoid eating certain foods or consuming beverages that you know can cause indigestion.
While this may not be the answer that some of you are looking for, it may be the most prudent step to take in the big scheme of things, particularly as you think about what foods to include in your emergency stockpile.