IndigestionIndigestion or upset stomach is a condition when you feel discomfort in the upper abdomen. The signs and symptoms of the indigestion may include the feeling of fullness during or after a meal and pain or burning sensation in the upper abdomen. These common symptoms can be followed by nausea, bloating and gases. If these symptoms are mild, they will probably go away on their own after a while. However, if the symptoms are severe, persistent and followed by frequent vomiting, loss of weight and jaundice, you must see your doctor. In rare cases you may experience breathing difficulties, pain in the chest and excessive perspiration.
CausesThe most common cause of indigestion is food. Many people have upset stomach after eating spicy or greasy food. Sometimes alcohol, carbonated drinks or coffee can trigger indigestion. Eating too much chocolate can cause indigestion as well. Even if your stomach tolerates all sorts of food, indigestion can be triggered by eating too much food too fast. Indigestion can be caused by certain medications, such as Aspirin or antibiotics. Certain conditions, such as inflammation of the stomach or pancreas, gallstones or ulcers can cause indigestion. Smoking is another cause of upset stomach. Some people will experience the symptoms of indigestion after a stressful or upsetting situation.
Natural RemediesThere are a lot of home remedies which can help you deal with indigestion. The simplest natural remedy it to take two glasses of warm water when you feel that the symptoms start. For persistent indigestion a mixture of basil juice, ginger juice and jaggery is recommended. Another useful remedy is a paste made out of roasted cumin seeds, sweet pomegranate and jaggery. Eat some boiled rice in case indigestion was caused by consuming coconut or palm tree fruits. For indigestion caused by artificial preservatives in food, take some neem tree powder. When you start to feel any symptoms of indigestion, drink a mixture of black pepper, ginger and rock salt, mixed in a glass of buttermilk. To ease the symptoms, take some ginger, honey, a bit of lemon juice and mix them in one glass of lukewarm water. Garlic is excellent remedy for many things, including indigestion. You can put some crushed garlic in a glass of water or milk and drink it. Chamomile tea is also excellent for soothing the upset stomach.
PreventionIn order to prevent problems with digestion, you should eat and chew food slowly. Eat smaller amounts of food more times a day. Avoid food and drinks which trigger indigestion. You should also keep your weight normal and do exercises on a regular basis. Physical activity will promote your metabolism and digestion.