Indigestion is something that affects all of us, especially as we get older. When we are young we seem to be able to eat any amount of foods without getting painful reflux or indigestion.
This changes from our early thirties when our digestive tracts don’t seem to be able to process that well.
Perhaps it is all those burgers, late night snacks eaten quickly as teenagers and young adults! Whatever the case may be, it is always helpful to know some home remedies to treat indigestion, as well as having some chemist indigestion aids in your fridge as well.
While we can opt for the chemist solutions such as Mylanta, what about natural remedies to treat indigestion, which are always worth trying?
There are many different remedies to treat indigestion naturally but let us focus on just ten to keep it nice and simple:-
One of the best ways to treat indigestion at home is to eat or drink some form of peppermint. You can have peppermint mints. Alternatively for a more natural source why not have a soothing up of natural peppermint tea. Many people have this after meals daily to aid their digestion, regardless of whether they have indigestion.
Drink a cup of Fennel or alternatively Anise tea. This will treat indigestion and relieve the pain.
This herb is known for its nausea-settling and other health benefits. However another major usage is to treat indigestion. Tablets can be taken or alternatively ginger tea which tends to calm as well as ease the indigestion. Sometimes it is eating a meal in a tense manner or too quickly that causes the indigestion in the first place.
Alternatively you might want to keep some ginger beer in your fridge since this also works to treat indigestion as it does for nausea and morning sickness.
#4. Bitter Beer
Yes that is right! Drink half a glass of bitter beer. The herbs and hops that are in beer aid digestion. However don’t have too much or you may end up nursing a hangover. Bitter beer can do that if you are not used to it!
#5. Preventive Mixture
Sometimes you know before you are going to eat, say at a restaurant with spicy Mexican food. Chances are you may well get indigestion.
However if you mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water 30 minutes before eating it will help digestion.
Another similar alternative is in China and Asia where they sip hot water and hot teas to aid digestion of all meals. That is why you will always find Asian restaurants including traditional Chinese ones will bring out the hot tea first.
#6. Soda Water
The bubbles in the soda water will often reduce and treat indigestion so keep a bottle in the fridge.
#7. Licorice Root
Licorice in general even licorice sticks can alleviate and treat indigestion. However once again the best form is the natural source. This will be either the licorice root sticks or slabs or alternatively licorice tea.
#8. Chamomile Tea
Drink this and not only will it treat indigestion but it will relax you and if taken at bed time may act as a natural sleep inducer.
This may or may not work. Many families have passed this one down and it definitely works for some people. The principle is a bit the same as taking milky liquid Milk of Magnesia or Mylanta from the Chemist. Many health specialists argue that it is slightly acidic.
But then I guess it depends on how much milk you have and also how close to bedtime since it acts as a kind of food. It is never a good idea to eat within 2-3 hours of going to bed if possible. This is to enable optimal digestion of food and preparation for a good sleep.
#10. Slippery Elm
If the indigestion is occurring regularly, this in tablet form is a great solution. Over time the wall of the intestine will be re-optimised, thereby reducing indigestion.
These ten natural method for preventing and treat indigestion are easy to ingest and can save you a lot of discomfort. Now, you can again look forward to that next delicious home baked or restaurant meal, knowing as you relish each piece of food you will not pay any price afterwards!