Indigestion or dyspepsia is an uncomfortable feeling in the chest caused by excess acid in the stomach. Oftentimes, indigestion, also known as heartburn and dyspepsia, is caused by excessive eating or eating spicy food. As a result, indigestion makes functioning and sleeping almost impossible because of the increasing burning sensation. Find home remedies indigestion below.
Indigestion can strike at any time and there are many different causes, from rich food and fizzy drinks to stress and eating on the run. Indigestion may be the result of your eating habits, or it can be a chronic problem. Use the home remedies indigestion below to relieve the symptoms.
List of Home Remedies for Indigestion
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR INDIGESTION
Many people with acid reflux find their symptoms improve if they take supplements containing betaine hydrochloride (HC1). Apparently, if the level of acid in the stomach is too low, the sphincter muscle separating the stomach and the esophagus can loosen, allowing what acid there is to escape up into the esophagus. Betaine HC1 increases the acidity of the stomach and helps prevent this problem. It is available in a variety of formulas, both on its own and with additional digestive enzymes. Follow the dosage directions on the product label and take it immediately after meals.
If your main complaint occurs within thirty minutes of eating, take a full-spectrum digestive-enzyme supplement providing 5,000 international units of lipase, 2,500 international units of amylase, and 300 international units of protease, plus 500 to 1,000 milligrams of pancreatin, immediately after the two largest meals of the day to ensure complete digestion.
Note: Long-term supplementation with pancreatin is not advised, as it can cause your pancreas to reduce its own production of this important enzyme. Overuse also has the potential to cause nausea or diarrhea. After two months on pancreatin, discontinue use and monitor your reaction. If you find that your digestive problems recur, discuss pancreatin supplementation with your health-care provider.
Glutamine can help soothe irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. Try taking 500 milligrams of L-glutamine two to three times daily for up to one month.
Take probiotic supplements of acidophilus and/or bifidobacteria. For indigestion, powdered or liquid formulas are the best choice; these work in the stomach, while capsules open in the intestines. Tablets are not usually as effective, and must be chewed thoroughly.
Acidophilus powder can be taken any time for indigestion—simply take 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon as needed. If you must use capsules, open them and pour the contents onto your tongue rather than swallowing them whole. If you are allergic to milk, select a dairy-free formula.
Vitamin E soothes the stomach. Choose the mixedtocopherol or d-alpha tocopherol form, not dl-alpha-tocopherol. Begin by taking 200 international units daily and gradually increase the dosage until you are taking 400 international units once or twice daily.
Note: If you have high blood pressure, limit your intake of supplemental vitamin E to a total of 400 international units daily. If you are taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner), consult your physician before taking supplemental vitamin E.
Aloe vera juice helps to clear and resolve an upset stomach that feels "burning." Make sure to get a food- grade product. Take 1 tablespoon diluted in 6 ounces of water up to three times daily. Use it sparingly; it can be a strong cathartic.
Gentian root is a bitter herb that has been used for centuries throughout Europe to enhance digestion, especially of proteins and fats. Take 500 milligrams twice a day, with meals.
Ginger is a notable digestive aid. It aids digestion, enhances assimilation, and reduces nausea. Take one or two 500-milligram capsules as needed.
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) can be amazingly helpful. Chew two 250- to 500-milligram lozenges with a glass of water twenty minutes before each meal.
Note: Ordinary licorice can elevate blood pressure, and should not be taken on a daily basis for more than five days in a row. DGL should not have this effect, however.
Peppermint is a time-tested, time-honored herb that is very effective for all forms of indigestion. It enhances digestion, speeds the emptying time of the stomach, and reduces flatulence. Drink peppermint tea with meals.
Note: If you are using peppermint tea and also taking a homeopathic preparation, allow one hour between the two. Otherwise, the strong smell of the mint may interfere with the action of the homeopathic remedy.