Over 90 million Americans are affected by heartburn, upset stomach, GERD (acid reflux), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and other disorders. It seems that many of these digestive problems occur more frequently in people over age 50, although the younger generation seems to be getting affected by issues with lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance as well as other conditions.
Overeating is one of the most common causes of digestive disorder, so try to control the amount you eat. Using smaller plates is a good way to reduce your portion size. Your brain uses the size of the plate as a way to judge how much you are eating, so smaller dishes fools your brain into thinking that you are eating more than you are.
Home Remedies for Digestive Disorders:
1 # Ginger, Garlic Carom Seeds and Lemon:
Take one teaspoon ginger paste
Add one teaspoon garlic paste
Add one teaspoon of carom seed powder
Squeeze half a lemon into it, mix it well
Have this three times in a day
2 # Isabgol:
Take one tablespoons of isabgol
Mix it to one glass of water
Have this after dinner
3 # Asafoetida Powder:
Take about half a tespoon of asafoetida powder
Mix it in a glass of hot water
Have this two times in a day to improve digestion
4 # Ginger Tea and Honey:
Prepare a ginger tea
Add 1 tsp honey
Drink atleast 3 cups of a ginger tea everday
5 # Peppermint Leaves Tea:
Prepare a tea with peppermint leaves
Have it 1 to 2 times a day
6 # Fennel Seeds Powder:
Chew one tablespoon of fennel seeds after taking every meal
Or you can also drink a glass of water with fennel seeds powder
7 # Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey:
Take one cup of warm water
Add one tbsp of organic raw apple cider vinegar
Add one tsp of raw honey
Drink this twice to help digestive disorders
Drink this concoction half an hour before you eat
8 # Aloe Vera Gel:
Take a cup of water or an orange juice
Add two tbsp of aloe vera
Blend it using blender
Have it every day before breakfast
Note: Do not have this during pregnancy and breastfeeding
9 # Baking Soda:
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water
Drink the mixture, you can also add a bit of lemon juice to the water
This can rapidly cure your digestion, but you should avoid using this too frequently
Note: Baking soda is high in sodium, so taking too much of it can raise your blood pressure. Too much baking soda can also cause damage to your stomach.
10 # Peppermint Tea:
Pour boiling water over a teabag
Let it steep for up to 10 minutes
You can also use fresh mints
Peppermint tea has been shown to relieve the symptoms of heartburn.
There are several varieties of herbal tea that can provide fast relief from a case of indigestion.
Digestion Friendly Foods:
Consume more fiber or ‘roughage’ through a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. For a healthy bowel, you need a variety of high fiber foods in your diet, such as, oats, brown rice, beans, fruits and vegetables.
Water aids the digestive system and helps soften stools. Without fluid, the fiber cannot do its job effectively, resulting in constipation.
Ginger has always been used to relieve vomiting, nausea, motion sickness, gas, morning sickness, colic and loss of appetite. Despite its medicinal properties, ginger is best consumed in limited quantities. High doses of ginger can backfire and may trigger heartburn.
Fatty foods are harder to digest and can cause heartburn. Opt for more lean meat and fish, drink skimmed milk or non-dairy milk and steam, saute and roast rather than fry foods.
Bananas help restore normal bowel function. They also help restore electrolytes and potassium that may be lost in diarrhea or vomiting. Bananas have lost of fiber that aids digestion.
Papaya and Pineapple:
Papaya and pineapple contain protein-digesting enzymes called papain and bromelain respectively. Similar proteoltic enzymes made in our body are called trypsin and chymotrypsin. These fruits may be suitable for people having reduced production of these enzymes.
Yogurt or probiotic supplements are great for digestion. Probiotics are the ‘friendly bacteria’ that also occur naturally in the gut and which support digestive health and reduce IBS, stomach ache and diarrhea.
Kimchi, kefir, miso, buttermilk, sauerkraut, sourdough and other types of fermented foods contain good bacteria that aid digestion.P
Carom Seeds (ajwain), Fennel Seeds (saunf) and Coriander Seeds:
These seeds are used as a cure for diarrhea, dysentery and indigestion. Thymol in carom seeds helps as an antibacterial to fight against bacteria in the digestive system and to relieve excess gas from our body. Fennel seeds are known for their digestive, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. Coriander seeds contain essential oils that have digestive, carminative and anti-flatulent properties.