Try These Tips To Help Reflux And Indigestion

You know the feeling. Burning or pain in your stomach that keeps you up at night, or worse being wakened from sleep by reflux and burning acid in your throat!

Indigestion or dyspepsia is caused by a problem with secretion of digestive juices in the stomach. It is closely related to and can be made worse by GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease in which stomach acid is released upward into the esophagus from the stomach.

Other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, stomach infection, thyroid disease or situations like stress, anxiety, obesity, smoking and certain medications can make indigestion or reflux worse.

Both reflux and indigestion are very uncomfortable and often very painful and need to be dealt with to prevent damage to the esophagus or stomach lining.

If you act proactively or at the first sign of symptoms often remedies you have at your finger tips, actually usually in your kitchen can improve reflux or indigestion or get rid of them entirely. Let’s take a look at just a few. 

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds contain volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.

  • Dry roast, grind, and sieve fennel seeds. Take half a teaspoon of this powder along with water. Follow this remedy twice daily.
  • Alternatively, you can drink fennel tea, made by steeping two teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds in a cup of hot water.
  • Another option is to simply chew a spoonful of fennel seeds for symptom relief.

Ginger

Ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food. This makes ginger an effective remedy for indigestion, especially when it is caused by overeating.

In fact, as a preventive measure, you can sprinkle salt on some fresh ginger slices and chew it thoroughly after eating a heavy meal.

  • Take two teaspoons of ginger juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of table salt and black salt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and consume it with or without water, whatever suits you.
  • Another option is to add two teaspoons of ginger juice and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of warm water and drink it.
  • You can also drink homemade ginger tea to get relief from bloating, cramps, gas and stomach aches. To make ginger tea, boil one teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of  water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Adding ginger as a spice in your recipes can also help if you are suffering from indigestion.

Baking Soda

Indigestion often happens due to high levels of stomach acids. Baking soda is one of the most simple and effective treatments for this problem because it acts like an antacid.

Stir one-half teaspoon of baking soda into half a glass of water. Drink this solution to neutralize the acid in your stomach and give your relief from bloating.
– via Top 10 Home Remedies

Four More Remedies For Reflux

Here are four more ideas that are easily accessible to help you stop reflux from interrupting your day or night! Some of these may surprise you but give them a try and see if they work for you!

Try eating raw almonds, an alkaline-producing food that can balance your pH because they are a good source of calcium, says Dr. Millie Lytle, a naturopathic doctor in New York.

Drink two ounces of unprocessed aloe vera juice daily.

Start your day with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. “By drinking this on an empty stomach 15 to 20 minutes before eating anything else, the body can naturally balance out its acid levels. It’s a great digestive aid and is safe for all users,” says Rebekah Fedrowitz, an applied holistic nutritionist.

Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily of apple cider vinegar. It’s great mixed with honey in tea or instead of lemon in tea. “Many people mistakenly believe all acid reflux and indigestion is caused by an overproduction of acid. The latest research shows it’s actually the opposite for many people: There is too little acid produced to adequately digest the food eaten,” says Christina K. Major, holistic nutritionist and naturopathic doctor in Trevorton, Pa. Pickles, sauerkraut and other highly acidic foods also work well to help stimulate acid.
– via MNN – Mother Nature Network

Do you experience indigestion or reflux more than once a month?