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September 30, 2010 at 8:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Natural Remedies for Indigestion

By Helen More Blogs by This Author

We’ve all experienced it from time to time. That burning, bloated, full of gas sensation radiating up from the stomach and down into the intestines called indigestion. Indigestion can be caused by a number of factors. It can also lead to a number of issues. What causes indigestion:

  • Medication
  • Eating or chewing in a hurry (and swallowing too much air at the same time)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Medical issues such as acid reflux or a hiatal hernia
  • Spoiled food or improperly cooked foodstuffs

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Bloody vomit
  • Dark, tarry stools
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain that radiates to your jaw, neck or arm

How to Soothe Indigestion Naturally

Sometimes taking a look back in time is in order. In bygone days our ancestors couldn't turn to a drug for everything that occurred in their lives. Instead, they had to rely on herbs, different foods, and exercise regiments that worked as often as they did not. Some remedies for indigestion that reportedly work include the following: Avoidance By avoiding foods and drinks that you know cause indigestion, you can avoid more problems. For instance, eating a large meal can cause indigestion because the body cannot easily break down a large meal. Instead, eat several smaller meals. Complex Carbohydrates Complex carbohydrates, such as in whole grain breads, pastas and rice dishes, are good ways to absorb the natural buildup of gas caused from a variety of things. Complex carbohydrates will soak up the gas before it can be pushed back up into the esophagus. Posture Do not sit or slouch while eating, and do not bend or lean down immediately after eating. Weight Management According to the Mayo Clinic, maintaining an ideal weight often helps alleviate indigestion. Reducing Stress Stress can cause more than indigestion. If left untreated, stress can cause ulcers as well. Lying on Your Side Lying on the left side has been known to help alleviate indigestion in some individuals. Others swear by lying on the stomach to aid indigestion. Peppermint The menthol in peppermint can relax gas buildup that becomes trapped between the stomach and the esophagus. Peppermint should not be used on children as it can slow the breathing, and should never be used by pregnant women. Foods Rich in Enzymes Fruits that are chocked full of antioxidants and enzymes include figs, papaya and pineapple. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar has long been touted in folklore as a great stabilizer for acid reflux and indigestion. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to one teaspoon of honey. Mix well. Sources: http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_indigestion.htm http://lacetoleather.com/heartburn.html http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stomach-pain/DS00524 http://www.livestrong.com/article/18972-natural-cure-acid-indigestion/ http://www.positivehealthsteps.com/natural/cureacidreflux.shtml

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