If you are one of those people who feel bloated and constipated most of the time, then chances are that you are suffering from indigestion. But don’t worry you are not alone. Indigestion happens to almost everyone. But eating processed and spicy foods increases the risk of indigestion. You may have noticed that you feel bloated and constipated the day after having a full fledged junk meal. The food we eat, lack of exercise and our daily habits, have a direct effect on our body. In this article, let us look into the case of indigestion, its causes, symptoms and remedies for it.
What is Indigestion?
Indigestion is not a particular disease but it is a group of symptoms that are all related to your digestive system. It is also called dyspepsia or upset stomach. Although it is a very common condition, the way you experience indigestion may be different than the way other people experience it. The most common symptom that comes with indigestion is bloating. Imagine a balloon expanding in your stomach, that is how bloating usually feels. If persisted, bloating is extremely uncomfortable and can even cause abdominal pain and acidity.
Symptoms of Indigestion
Symptoms of Indigestion may be experienced occasionally or daily. The symptoms of indigestion can also differ from person to person. Mild indigestion is usually not that serious, but if it stays for longer than 2 weeks, then you must consult a doctor as soon as possible. Some of the symptoms of Indigestion are:
- Pain in the upper abdomen,
- Heartburn or burning sensation in the upper abdomen region
- Acid reflux
- Bloating. Your stomach feels swollen, tight and uncomfortable.
- Feeling extremely full after a meal.
- Gas, Nausea or Vomiting
- Uncomfortable fullness after a meal. Feeling fullness for a longer time.
- stomach discomfort,
- constipation or diarrhea
- decreased appetite.
Causes of Indigestion
There are many possible causes of indigestion. It is most often caused by certain lifestyle choices depending on what you are eating or drinking. Indigestion can also be caused by other digestive conditions such as GERD and acid reflux. Some of the causes of Indigestion are:
- Eating too quickly
- Fatty or Greasy foods
- Spicy foods
- Too much caffeine
- Alcohol and Smoking
- Carbonated Beverages
Other causes include pregnancy, ulcers, food poisoning and medications such as antibiotics and pain relievers.
Home Remedies for Indigestion
Coriander seeds or leaves
Coriander or dhania have various active components, which support healthy digestion in our body by stimulating digestive enzymes. It also has a high amount of fiber content which relieves us from constipation as well. It contains an essential oil known as urandrol which is a detoxifying agent. Urandrol also fastens up the digestive process and cures indigestion. Coriander seeds are difficult to consume directly, thus taking it in water is a great alternative.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf)
We often just limit fennel seeds to just a mouth freshener after meals, but this kitchen ingredient does much more than that. It is loaded with minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium etc. It also contains many essential oils which helps in producing gastric juices necessary for digestion. Saunf also contains various antioxidants which helps in the bowel movements to a great extent. Fennel seeds also relaxes our stomach muscles further easing out the digestion process. Having a pinch of saunf can sometimes be the easiest remedy for indigestion.
Ginger has been in the ayurvedic books for the longest time as one of the indigestion remedies. The gingerol present in it relieves indigestion and nausea easily. Ginger also contains antibacterial properties, therefore it also cures any inflammation that occurs in your stomach. Ayurveda says that indigestion happens when agni or the digestive fire is not strong enough. Ginger is the best remedy to rekindle the agni in our stomach. It is a warm substance in Ayurveda and ignites the digestive fire to promote digestion.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
This fruit rich in Vitamin ‘C’, is not just the perfect achaar ingredient, but can cure your indigestion too. Remember the amla ka murabba that our mother’s used to make. Having just a spoonful of that can actually relieve your constipation and indigestion. It contains various antibacterial properties, and soothes our digestive system to promote easy digestion. It also helps in acidity and acid reflux as it is an alkaline food. Amla thus helps in maintaining stomach acid levels and reduces the symptoms of indigestion.
Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
Carom seeds is one of the best home remedies to reduce gassiness and bloating that happens due to indigestion. Ajwain contains a compound known as thymol which helps in secretion of gastric juices in the stomach and increases digestion. Ajwain is difficult to consume by itself, hence few carom seeds can be boiled in water and the water can be consumed easily.
What if these home remedies do not give the desired results
All these simple ‘ghar ke nuskhe’ are pretty simple to apply in our daily life. However, they do not guarantee you fully satisfied results. It may work on some people and not on others. An article published by NowFoods.com explains how using specific extracts instead of the whole herb can be an optimum solution for various problems. The extracts taken from various herbs contain only the necessary chemical components that are required for the treatment.
This is where Jeeragest comes in as a perfect balance of all the spices. The extracts of jeera, saunf and dhaniya present in it, does their function perfectly by using only the necessary components present in them to treat your indigestion. It is better to take an effective solution which guarantees you a remedy rather than trying out every other kitchen product which may not be always effective.
Indigestion can happen to anybody or everybody. It can be cured with the right home remedies easily. However if the problem persists, consult a doctor immediately.