Sometimes, your kitchen cabinet can become an effective medical kit! Here, we are listing a few home remedies that can relieve you from indigestion and other digestive issues.
Indigestion is an umbrella term that describes discomfort in your upper abdomen. Many people suffer from indigestion and the multitude of problems it can cause. The issues may be acute or chronic.
Your abdomen seems to be always bloated; get the uneasy acid reflux after every meal; fart every now and then; tend to burp unusually many times; you want to use the toilet after a meal.
The list goes on!
What more, abdominal discomforts are not only physical; they can annoy you, embarrass you, and hence stress you mentally as well!
Reasons for digestion problems
A few common problems caused by indigestion are excessive flatulence, abdominal discomfort/pain, acid reflux, GERD, IBS, belching, burping, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting.
Some common causes leading to digestive issues are:
- Unhealthy food choices: Excessive intake of carbohydrates, fatty & greasy foods, spicy foods and fried foods can cause indigestion problems in people.
- Unhealthy ways of eating: Eating quickly without chewing well, and eating large mouthfuls of food are also potential reasons for indigestion.
- Gas build-up in the digestive tract: You swallow quite some amounts of air (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon-dioxide) when you talk, chew gum, eat, laugh etc. Digestion process itself releases some gases (hydrogen and methane). Some foods such as beans, lentils, cabbage and chickpeas cause excess gas. Excess gas in the digestive system makes you fart more and might give you abdominal discomfort.
- Alcohol & Smoking: Excessive alcohol intake and smoking.
- Anxiety & Medications: In some people, indigestion is caused due to anxiety or due to certain medications as well.
Whatever be the cause, there is no harm in trying simple home remedies and see if you can get relief from indigestion symptoms. The home remedies are worth trying because:
- they can be very effective
- they have no harmful effects on your body
Here are some home remedies for indigestion:
1. Carom seeds (Ajwain)
Chewing on a spoonful of carom seeds (ajwain) is one of the tried and tested home remedies to treat gastric problems and indigestion. If you do not wish to eat the seeds, you can also boil a teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of water, strain it and consume as a tea. Typically, you will be able to feel the relief in a matter of minutes.
Carom seeds’ power to ease stomach discomfort is due to an enzyme called thymol that helps regulate digestion. Also, as per Ayurveda, carom seeds have the ability to kindle the digestive fire. Hence, carom seeds can be your go-to remedy for digestive troubles.
2. Cumin seeds (Jeera)
Cumin, aka jeera, is another excellent remedy for indigestion problems. In Tamil language, cumin is known as “Seeragam” which literally means something that can correct any issues within the body. Hence, the ancient Siddha medicine system uses the seeds extensively.
The simplest way to use cumin to treat stomach pain is to chew on the seeds. Or, boil it in water, strain and drink the jeera water to feel better.
Jeera water is suitable for consuming on a daily basis. You can adapt it as a habit to maintain good health in general.
3. Fennel seeds
Anethole, a compound in the fennel seeds can help soothe the gastrointestinal muscles and provide relief from digestive issues.
Just like carom seeds and the cumin seeds, you can either chew on fennel seeds or consume it as a tea for any digestion-related issues such as gas, constipation, bloating or stomach cramps.
Tip: Are you someone whose routine is difficult to control and end up with recurring digestive issues? It is then a good idea to carry any of the above seeds in a small container with you and chew on them after meals to avoid any digestive discomfort.
Also Read: Fennel In TCM
Ginger contains phenolic compounds that can soothe gastrointestinal irritation and can relieve stomach aches associated with it.
You can use fresh or powdered ginger to prepare ginger tea. Moreover, since ginger tea is readily available in cafes or restaurants, it can be a convenient option for relieving any digestion related problems you might encounter while out and about.
5. Herbal teas
In addition to the home remedies mentioned above, a range of herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, liquorice, spearmint, and holy basil can effectively relieve indigestion.
You can choose one within reach to solve the issue as and when needed. Also, the herbal teas are a delicious option, and since most such teas tend to be aromatic, it is great for uplifting your mood as well.
Using the herbs and spices such as above to deal with gastric trouble is an ideal option because they have been a mainstay in many ancient medicine systems and proven to be safe and effective. Besides, using them is easy and convenient too!
Furthermore, all of these herbs and spices are suitable for everyday consumption and can help ward off such digestive issues as a preventive measure. Moreover, it is quite easy to replace coffee or a carbonated beverage with a healthful herbal tea to get your daily dose of goodness effortlessly.
Occasional abdominal issues are not a cause for concern, and you can opt for any of the home remedies suggested above to find relief. However, if it is a recurring problem, it is best to consult a health expert, identify the root cause and treat it.