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November 30, 2019
Your instinct might be to reach for a bottle of that familiar pink liquid or an antacid pill when indigestion or heartburn hits, but there are natural home remedies that may ease your symptoms without the side effects that are possible with many over the counter medications.
Next time you have an upset stomach or a bout of heartburn, try ayurvedic supplements for acid reflux or these natural home remedies.
Ginger has been used for centuries to settle the stomach and improve digestion. Try taking one or two 250-milligram capsules of ginger with meals or drink ginger tea. You can save money by filling capsules yourself with ginger powder or grating fresh ginger for tea.
Like ginger, fennel has been used for centuries for indigestion. Fennel seeds contain oils that relieve nausea and help control gas. Fennel is a common ingredient in digestive health supplements, which is an easy way to ingest the herb. Also, try chewing and swallowing a spoonful of fennel seeds to ease indigestion.
You probably know chamomile is a popular nighttime tea—maybe it’s even part of your bedtime routine. Chamomile is also excellent for indigestion, helping calm the stomach and soothe spasms in the intestinal tract. You can take chamomile in tea or in a tincture.
Soothing and cooling, peppermint is widely used to relieve nausea and settle upset tummies. For digestion and upset stomach relief, peppermint tea is a good choice. You can also take peppermint oil capsules between meals. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or frequent heartburn should avoid peppermint, however, as it can make symptoms worse or trigger heartburn.
Licorice contains substances that coat the lining of the stomach, helping prevent inflammation. This coating can help soothe stomach pain and indigestion. Many digestive health supplements today contain licorice. You can also drink licorice tea or take deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which may help relieve acid reflux symptoms.
Many people find that drinking plain hot water eases indigestion. Hot water breaks down food faster and supports healthy bowel movements. It also expands the blood vessels, which improves circulation. These things may explain why hot water can ease an upset stomach and reduce gas and bloating.
People with low stomach acid production (which can be a side effect of taking proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole) may find relief from apple cider vinegar. Try drinking a mixture of ½ a cup of water and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to help your body digest food after meals.
Another inexpensive and effective way to ease indigestion is to drink a solution of one cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda. The solution helps neutralize stomach acid and can relieve gas and bloating. To reduce the chance of a chemical reaction in the stomach, add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture before drinking.
Certain foods are known to cause heartburn and indigestion, including:
Try reducing or eliminating these foods or adopt an acid reflux diet and see if your symptoms improve.
Indigestion and acid reflux can cause uncomfortable symptoms, but natural remedies and lifestyle changes can help. Also, take good care of your digestive system with a high-quality digestive health supplement.
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