Indigestion is a common problem today, due to a menu of unhealthy foods containing food chemicals, food colors, preservatives and additives. Indigestion is further enhanced by lack of physical exercise, irregular eating habits and persistent stress. The following can be used as home remedies for problems of indigestion.
Ginger: Has been used since ages as an effective aid for stomach upsets. The juice of ginger can be diluted with warm water and a drop of honey and consumed regularly as a remedy for indigestion. This is particularly useful for patients suffering from nausea and vomiting due to indigestion. In addition ginger even rectifies nausea caused due to anesthesia, pregnancy, chemotherapy and motion sickness. Ginger can be consumed raw, or as diluted juice or as pickle.
Peppermint: Herbal tea made out of peppermint leaves help in combating acidity. Menthol, an ingredient found in peppermint oil, is beneficial in digestion. Peppermint oils are widely used in aromatherapy to reduce and prevent indigestion. It can be combined with coconut oil and locally applied on the stomach. These days there are peppermint capsules too, that are available in markets.
Curd: In case, the indigestion caused is due to lack of certain friendly bacteria, the problem can be rectified by consuming curds as a part of regular diet. Curds contain Lactobacillus acidophilus, which replaces the gut flora and aids digestion.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera, well-known for its medicinal properties, helps in solving digestive problems. A tablespoon of fresh Aloe Vera juice is recommended early morning on empty stomach and at bed time. This, apart from reducing indigestion, helps in treating acidity, heartburn, flatulence, constipation etc and is also a good beauty aid for dry skin.
All the said remedies, when combined with right eating habits and a good lifestyle changes like regular exercising, avoiding caffeine and tobacco and maintaining regular sleeping habits, help in combating all possible problems associated with indigestion.
[Source: Deccan Chronicle dated 28, November 2006]