Some eating habits may result in digestive upsets, producing acid reflux, gas, bloating and burning sensations in the chest and back. Look no farther than your kitchen cupboard or refrigerator for a home remedy to relieve pain and discomfort from digestion problems. Although home remedies often provide relief for simple acute ailments, chest pain and other digestive disorders may indicate more serious diseases. If your symptoms persist, consult a health practitioner for treatment.
The common spice ginger is a useful remedy for the treatment of nausea and vomiting from a stomach flu or other digestive disturbance. In addition, ginger may relieve symptoms associated with a gallbladder attack, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Both powdered or fresh ginger can be made into an herbal tea and mixed with a little bit of honey to sweeten. Ginger is considered safe when used occasionally in tea; however, it can thin the blood when used repeatedly. If you take blood-thinning medicine, consult your health practitioner before using ginger medicinally over time.
Another home remedy that is an excellent treatment for upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, bloating, excess gas and acid indigestion is mint, notes the UMMC. You can buy dried mint at the health food store loose or in tea bags and keep it in a cool, dark cupboard for times when you need a cup of mint tea. Or grow a mint plant on your windowsill. Whenever you have a digestive upset, tear off a mint leaf and chew on it for relief. Mint and other plants in the mint family, like basil and spearmint, may aggravate acid reflux in some people. If you notice your symptoms getting worse, stop using it. Contact your health practitioner if your symptoms do not improve.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid that helps create an alkaline-forming state in the stomach when taken for acid reflux, according to “The pH Miracle.” It stimulates the production of digestive enzymes, including bicarbonate, which neutralizes stomach acid and changes the pH of the contents of the stomach. To make a home remedy to ease acid reflux, mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 8 to 10 oz. water and drink. If this is too much vinegar reduce the quantity to what you can tolerate and work up to the full dose.
Baking soda is useful for alkalizing the stomach during an attack of acid reflux, as well as for changing the body’s pH to become more alkaline systemically, according to Drugs. com. To use baking soda to relieve an acute acid indigestion attack, mix 1/2 tsp. in an 8-oz. glass of water and drink immediately. It should help neutralize the contents of your stomach and bring immediate relief. Baking soda can raise the blood pressure and should not be used if you take medicines for high blood pressure, unless under the supervision of your health practitioner.
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.
- Choose fresh fruits. Most fruits will do but the popular choices are apple, kiwi, papaya, lemon, orange, dragon fruit, lime, and grapes.
- Wash these fruits thoroughly.
- To make sure that the fruits are free from herbicides or pesticides, use the following:
- Mix 15 ml vinegar in a liter of water. Soak the fruits in this solution for 30 minutes.
- Mix 50 g salt in a liter of water. This solution can also be used instead of the vinegar solution.
- Dry the fruits.
- When the fruits are dry, cut them into pieces small enough to fit the container. Make sure that the slices are as thin as possible.
- When placing the fruits inside the container, put the driest ones at the bottom, going up until the one with the highest water content is at the top.
- Cover everything in brown sugar or honey.
- Cover the container with cheese cloth or stretch film.
- Allow to ferment for at least 14 days.
- Transfer the fermented product inside the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. This acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. When there is excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. Dyspepsia, heartburn and the formation of ulcers are some of the symptoms. It is more common in highly emotional and nervous individuals.
Common Causes of Acidity
- Consumption of Alcohol
- Highly spicy foodstuffs
- Non-vegetarian diets
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s)
Home Remedies for Acidity
1. After all three meals, take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck. Voilá no more acidity.
2. Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
3. To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
4. Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breath.