How can indigestion be treated?

Lisa Marie Rosati
Herbal Medicine

Indigestion is the inability to easily digest foods. It can create sluggish elimination, poor assimilation of nutrients and GAS. Poor digestion, pain and gas in the abdomen are usually the result of overeating (like we tend to do on Thanksgiving), poor eating habits, poor quality food (refined carbohydrates and sugar), and lack of intestinal flora or digestive enzymes. Studies show that indigestion can be managed with lifestyle changes. Here are some helpful Lifestyle Change Tips and Simple Home Remedies for Indigestion.

Some Lifestyle Change Tips:

  • Say Grace before you begin to eat your meal – It directs your mind to what’s good in your life which will create and immediate sense of peace and gratitude. The perfect moods for eating!
  • Chew your food – Chew slowly and mindfully. If you’re engaging in conversation, keep the tone down and don’t talk about upsetting topics before, during or shortly after your meal.
  • Don’t rush through your meal -  The American culture tends to gobble down food. Be mindful to chew your food more thoroughly because:
  1. It allows you to pulverize your food inside your mouth, before it hits your stomach. Digestion begins in your mouth. Your saliva helps to begin digestion. So, chew each bite at least 20 times. It’s a lot longer than you think...
  2. It allows your brain to catch up with your stomach. In other words, your brain lets your body know when it’s full. If you’re gobbling down your food, your mouth is working faster than your brain! If you slow down, it allows your brain to be on the same page (so to speak) as your stomach.
  • Don’t drink cold fluids with your meal

 Some Simple Home Remedies

  • Take a digestive enzyme before each meal. Papaya Enzymes or Digestive Enzymes are available at every natural food stores.
  • Drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea 30 minutes before and after your meal.
  • Chew on a mixture of carminative seeds, such as cardamom, anise, fennel, cumin and dill. They are very helpful to reduce gas and bloating.

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