Within the throes of Chinese New Year eating or lockdown pandemic bingeing, one might be feeling the after-effects of feasting. Before descending into the resignation of lethargy, here are 5 natural remedies to combat indigestion.
- Peppermint Tea
Peppermint is much more than the weed that grows wild in your garden. Apart from being a breath freshener, it also has an antispasmodic effect which can relieve bloat and nausea.
Enjoying a cup of peppermint tea after meals can have a soothing effect on your stomach.
Not only is it easy and fast to make (just add hot water to a tea bag), it is also a refreshing drink to be enjoyed.
However, please take note that if you have acid reflux tendencies, peppermint tea may not be the best choice as it can worsen acid reflux. Peppermint tea is also not recommended for people with GERD or ulcers.
2. Chamomile Tea
If Peppermint is not your cup of tea, fear not, there’s also Chamomile!
This herb can ease gut discomfort and relieve indigestion by reducing stomach acid in the gastrointestinal tract.
Chamomile also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory to stop pain. It also has the added benefits of inducing calm and sleep. Perfect for an after dinner cuppa although perhaps not advisable if you are about to drive or operate heavy machinery.
As a note of caution, Chamomile contains an ingredient that acts as an anticoagulant, so there may be a risk of bleeding when combined with a blood thinner.
Ginger is one of nature’s wonders. Not only can it ease indigestion, it can also play a role to reduce stomach acid.
There are many ways to consume ginger. It comes in tea bags or you can simply put a slice in hot water. If you find the taste unpalatable on its own, you can add some lemon and honey to the brew.
Too much ginger can however cause gas, throat burn, and heartburn. As such, you may want to limit to not more than 3 grams a day.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Given that too little stomach acid can trigger indigestion, apple cider vinegar can be drunk to increase the body’s production of stomach acid. Add one to two teaspoons of raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink for fast relief.
It is also said that Apple Cider Vinegar can improve skin condition and aid weight loss.
As with anything else, moderation is key. Too much apple cider vinegar can lead to tooth erosion, nausea, throat burn, and low blood sugar.
5. Fennel Seed
Just like Peppermint tea, Fennel seed has antispasmodic effects. It can remedy indigestion after a meal, as well as soothe other gastrointestinal problems such as stomach cramping, nausea, and bloating.
Consuming fennel seed is uncomplicated. Put 1/2 teaspoon of crushed fennel seed in water and allow it to boil for 10 minutes before drinking. You can add honey for flavour if preferred.
Possible side effects of fennel include nausea, vomiting, and sun sensitivity.
Always consult professional medical advice if in doubt or if you have underlying health conditions.