Indigestion, commonly known as heartburn, but they are two different conditions. Indigestion is related to stomach that can range in various digestive issues like constipation, stomach pain, or acid reflux. On the other hand, heartburn takes place when the esophagus is filled with acid from your stomach. It is just one type of indigestion.
Indigestion can be helped with natural remedies while using home spices and herbs. While anyone can confuse heartburn with indigestion, it is better to try out home remedies primarily, instead of moving directly into a type of medication like Zantac which could potentially cause more harm rather than relief.
Here are some of the Grandma’s quick-relief home remedies for indigestion:
Peppermint is not just a mouth freshener. It also works as an antispasmodic effect on the body, which makes it a great way to relieve stresses such as nausea and indigestion. After dinner, drink a cup of mint tea to calm your belly quickly or keep some peppermint in your pocket and suck after meals.
Although peppermint can relieve indigestion, when indigestion is caused by acid reflux, you should not be drinking nor eating peppermint. Since peppermint relaxes the lower esophagus- the muscle between your stomach and the esophagus- using it can cause stomach acid to return to the esophagus to alleviate acid reflux. Peppermint tea is not suggested to people with ulcers.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar’s health claims include improving the health of the skin and encouraging weight loss. This may also lead to improving digestion. It is believed that too little acid in the stomach may contribute to indigestion. Drinking ACV can help to improve your stomach acid production. Make a mixture of one or two teaspoons of unpasteurized raw cider vinegar in a cup of water and drink for immediate relief. To avoid indigestion, use the mixture half an hour before meals.
Although apple cider vinegar is healthy, it may induce side effects, including teeth loss, diarrhea, throat burns, and low blood sugar, if overused.
Ginger is another natural indigestion therapy, as stomach acid can be reduced by consuming it. Just like too little acid in the stomach induces indigestion, too much acid in the stomach gives the same effect.
Drink a cup of ginger tea to relax your stomach and get rid of indigestion. Sucking ginger sweets, consuming ginger ale, or producing your own ginger detoxifiers are other choices. You can also enjoy ginger tea- boil one or two pieces of ginger root in four cups of water. You can add flavors with lemon or honey before sipping over it.
However, limit your intake of ginger to 3 to 4 grams per day. Overusing can induce gas, throat, and heartburn.
For the final note, you don’t have to live with Ingestion all your life. Seek for home remedies and recognize your condition whether you have indigestion because of less acid production or more of it and use the remedies accordingly. If you still have a problem, consult your doctor for treatment.