Sometimes our usual diets give way to more indulgences. Large, plentiful meals are a common part of celebrations and special occasions, but if we’re not careful, we may overeat to the point of indigestion. Luckily there are many natural foods that can help minimize indigestion, bloating and gas, making you feel better and reducing a growling stomach, abdominal pain, and burning sensation in the upper abdomen, as well as preventing vomiting. Here’s a quick list of five natural products to relieve indigestion.
Chamomile is effective for relieving many gastrointestinal complaints, including indigestion. Drinking herbal chamomile tea after eating a heavy meal can help calm your stomach and relieve digestive problems. It’s also a great way to give yourself time to digest in between dinner and dessert!
Ginger offers a variety of health benefits including digestive support. Ginger has the ability to not only soothe the gut but also aid digestion by increasing the wave-like muscle contractions (peristalsis) that move food through the intestine. Plus, ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food, especially when it is caused by overeating.
3. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion, particularly when caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds, and alternatively you can drink fennel tea, contain helpful, volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.
Papaya contains enzymes that break down proteins called proteolytics. Research suggests that papaya enzymes can be helpful for relieving indigestion, and especially provide good relief for pain in the abdomen.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often used to kick-start a slow stomach. Though acidic in nature, it also has an alkalizing effect that helps settle indigestion.