Home Remedy for Indigestion

9 Natural Cures for Soothing Relief

Ooh… that painful feeling! When you need a home remedy for indigestion, these 9 natural cures bring you powerful relief.

Indigestion is a subject that I know well because I was cursed with digestive problems for many years. But over time, I figured out what was causing it and how to choose a home remedy for indigestion that actually works.

Why do you have indigestion?

First, it helps to know WHY you have digestive trouble, so you can deal with the causes and prevent future problems.

Chronic indigestion can lead to much worse health problems like colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis.

Research on leaky gut syndrome shows that digestive issues even play a role in conditions that might seem completely unrelated to your gut, like autoimmune conditions, inflammation and arthritis, brain deterioration, and hormone-related disorders like breast cancer.


Causes of indigestion

This is a long list, but it will give you some good clues about what kind of home remedy for indigestion you need to focus on, especially if you have chronic digestive issues.

  • Stress, anxiety – Stress is one of the most common causes of digestive upset.
  • Lack of enzymes – Especially a problem as we advance in years.
  • Dysbiosis – When your gut flora is out of balance, it can’t help you digest your food properly.
  • Food sensitivities or allergies – even if you don’t think you have them, it’s a good idea to find out with some kind of testing.
  • Gluten allergy or intolerance, grains, dairy foods – The most common allergenic foods.
  • Lack of sleep – Your nervous system governs digestion. Is it exhausted from trying to work overtime?
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Mercury fillings
  • Eating too much
  • Poor food combining
  • Processed foods – The purpose of food is nutrition. Processed foods don’t contain any.
  • Too much caffeine
  • Sugar, alcohol
  • Foods cooked in deep-fried fat – Once fat is overheated by deep frying, it becomes a toxin that is very difficult for your body to process.
  • Too much spicy food
  • Not eating often enough. Your body can’t run all day on a cup of coffee and a bagel.
  • Not eating protein - too many carbs and not enough protein can make you feel sick
  • Chemical exposure from products you use daily
  • Chlorinated water – Chlorine and other chemicals wreak havoc on your digestive tract and disrupt your healthy gut flora.
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sleep


Choose your best
home remedy for indigestion

Now that you’ve read the list above, you can choose the best home remedy for indigestion for you, from these nine top natural cures…


1. Digestive enzymes

I consider digestive enzymes an essential home remedy for indigestion that everyone should have on hand.

Carry them with you wherever you go. At the first hint of a digestive problem or before eating, take a couple of enzymes to help break down the food in your stomach.

I’ve found that the most effective type is a broad-spectrum enzyme with…

  • Amylase to break down carbohydrates
  • Protease to break down proteins
  • Lipase to break down fats
  • Ox bile to further break down fats – especially helpful for people with gallbladder trouble or no gallbladder

If you have indigestion due to stomach flu or a regular cold or flu, take enzymes several times a day between meals.

Colds and flu are caused by virus. Digestive enzymes break down the protein coating of the virus, and helps to kill it so you can heal faster.

2. Peppermint oil and peppermint tea

Peppermint is a classic home remedy for indigestion.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint tea is considered safe, even if you drink it many times a day, unless you have GERD.

Peppermint tea is a classic home remedy for indigestion. © Karen Alison

Enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules relieve gas (flatulence), abdominal bloating, nausea, diarrhea and pain.

The enteric coating ensures the peppermint oil is released in the intestines where it can do the most good, not in your stomach. Don’t take peppermint oil caps with antacids or they may dissolve in your stomach and cause heartburn.

As a home remedy for indigestion, peppermint…

  • Contains menthol and methyl salicylate which reduce spasms (antispasmodic)
  • Relaxes muscles of the stomach and digestive tract, and allows gas to pass instead of bloating you like a balloon
  • Improves the flow of bile in the gall bladder so you can digest fats more easily

Cautions:

  • Peppermint is not recommended for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or hiatal hernia.
  • Do not use peppermint with infants or small children. If peppermint is applied to an infant’s face, it can cause spasms that endanger breathing.

3. Ginger root

Like peppermint, ginger root (rhizome) is an excellent home remedy for indigestion and gas. It has been used as both a spice and natural medicine for over 2,000 years.

Ginger root is an excellent home remedy for indigestion and gas. © Karen Alison

What will ginger root do for you?

  • relieve your stomach ache and indigestion.
  • relieve nausea and vomiting from seasickness, travel, or pregnancy (morning sickness.)
  • reduce cramps and spasms
  • cleanses the colon
  • anti-inflammatory – helps reduce pain
  • helps with arthritis, too!

Ginger can be taken as tea, in capsules, or as a tincture. You can add it to your food, or make home-made gingerale with fresh ginger root and honey.

When you make ginger tea – which is my favourite home remedy for indigestion – you can either buy a good quality organic version in teabags, or you can make it from fresh ginger root.

Cautions:

  • Do not give ginger to children under the age of 2.
  • Caution for people taking aspirin or other blood thinners.
  • As usual, pregnant women are advised to check with their doctors before taking ginger.
  • Very high or very concentrated doses might cause stomach distress unless taken with food.

4. Fennel seed

You may know fennel root as a vegetable. But did you know the seeds are a fantastic home remedy for indigestion?

Fennel seed has been used for centuries to relieve ...

  • gas and bloating,
  • stomach pain and spasms,
  • nausea
  • acid stomach.

Fennel is relaxing to the digestive system. Chew a few seeds with or after a meal if you’re having distress.

Cautions:

As with any herb, if you are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist for interactions.


5. EFT Tapping - the fast stress relief
home remedy for indigestion

Stress and anxiety are HUGE reasons for indigestion, gas, and stomach upset. Why? Because your digestion is governed by your autonomic nervous system (ANS) and stress has an enormous impact on your ANS.

Exams, deadlines, traffic, meetings with important clients, public speaking, a date with a new person – there are plenty of reasons we get stressed.

I've found that the best and fastest-acting home remedy for indigestion from stress is EFT Tapping.

If you don’t know how to tap, click here for instructions or watch this video.

Tapping is a simple method of using your fingertips to tap on specific acupressure points on your face and torso, while you focus on physical symptoms or stressful thoughts.


Here’s a sample tapping script for indigestion. But you don’t need any special words. You can just focus on where it hurts in your body and tap. Tap for both physical and emotional symptoms.

EFT Tapping points - EFT relieves stress and indigestion. © Karen Alison

KC: Even though I have indigestion from stress, I choose to relax and feel comfortable.
KC: Even though I’m so anxious that my stomach hurts and I have gas, I choose to feel calm and comfortable.
KC: Even though I’m worried that my body will make a rude noise in the meeting / classroom / restaurant, I choose to have a calm, comfortable, quiet digestion and body.

EB: I have indigestion from stress
SE: I’m anxious
UE: so my digestion is acting up
UN: My stomach is tied in knots
CH: I’m worried that my body will make an embarrassing noise in the meeting / class / restaurant
CB: I’m stressed and my stomach hurts
UA: It’s painful
H: This painful, embarrassing indigestion

EB: What if my digestion could relax?
SE: I choose to feel relaxed and comfortable
UE: My body is calm, quiet and comfortable
UN: I choose to relax my nervous system
CH: I have a calm, quiet, comfortable body
CB: Even though I’m anxious, I’ve decided to relax
UA: I’m breathing deeply and relaxing
H: My body is calm, comfortable and safe.

Take a deep, refreshing breath. And let it out.

Tap several rounds, as necessary, until you start to feel better.


6. Probiotics - the crucial
home remedy for indigestion

When fungus and yeast take over from the beneficial bacteria in your gut, they create a toxic situation that causes indigestion.

To digest your food properly, you need healthy gut flora.

A good probiotic is the home remedy for indigestion that will boost your beneficial bacteria. Taking probiotics daily helps you to prevent and heal chronic indigestion.

Did you know that your digestive system is not just for digesting food? It’s estimated that 50 percent or more of your immune system is in your digestive tract. The microbes in your gut affect the health of your entire body and brain.

When you balance your gut flora with probiotics and heal your gut, you will have less inflammation, your brain will work better, you’ll be more resilient when people around you are getting sick, and you’ll have better digestion!

7. Chia - soothing soluble fiber

Chia is a good source of soluble fibre – a home remedy for indigestion that soothes your gut.

Chia is a good source of soluble fibre. © Karen Alison

Soluble fiber helps to precondition your bowel by absorbing water and bulking up the stool. Whether you have indigestion because you’re having trouble defecating or you go too frequently, chia is the answer.

Chia seeds contain high levels of the relaxing minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Of all plant sources, they are the richest in omega 3 essential fatty acids – valuable nutrients for digestion and for your nervous system. Chia acts as a prebiotic – the food of good bacteria – to improve digestion.

You can take chia in capsules or use the seeds to make chia gel. A tablespoon of chia gel before eating soothes digestion. You can also mix chia into your smoothie or juice.

8. Healthy eating - one of the best
natural cures for indigestion

Along with stress and anxiety, the food you eat is a primary cause of indigestion. It's no secret that healthy foods help your digestion. When I switched to the Paleo diet, my remaining digestive problems vanished.

Healthy foods help your digestion. © Karen Alison

The Paleo diet is a wonderful home remedy for indigestion because…

  • it avoids most of the major food allergens
  • you don’t eat processed, junk and deep-fried foods which are very hard on digestion.
  • it’s low-sugar and no-grain so it helps you heal your leaky gut syndrome and dysbiosis that are causes of indigestion.
  • you eat real food like fish, chicken, eggs, meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy fats – all foods your body can recognize and use. These are the foods your body, digestion, and nervous system need to heal and function properly.

9. Go toxin-free for 
digestive relief

Your digestive system is very stressed by the chemical products you use...

  • fabric softener (mercury, formaldehyde), scented detergent
  • household cleaners, furniture polishes
  • air freshener
  • building materials, paints, glues and oils
  • insecticides, lawn chemicals
  • cosmetics, hair products, antibacterial soap 

Chemicals can alter the internal chemistry of your body and disrupt the beneficial bacteria that helps you digest your food.

There’s a natural version of almost every personal care and household product these days – including cosmetics and hair dye (the most unregulated beauty product.) So stop torturing your body with products that are linked to indigestion, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other terrible diseases and go natural.

While you’re at it, get a water filter – a very important home remedy to protect your digestion from chlorine and other harmful chemicals. One man with Crohn’s Disease told me that 70 percent of his digestive symptoms cleared when he installed a household water filter.


Related Articles

Amazing EFT Tapping relieves the stress that upsets your nervous system and causes indigestion. Learn how to tap.

Constipation Remedies The Pain Stops Here! 10 Natural remedies to end the pain and embarrassment of constipation and prevent it in future.

7 Home Remedies for IBS that actually work!

Leaky gut syndrome - Is your leaky gut causing your chronic health problems? Find out what it is and how to fix it.

How to make the best ginger tea - Delicious ginger tea is a great home remedy for indigestion.

What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is one of my favourite natural cures for chronic indigestion. Say goodbye to symptoms when you eat this way.


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