An upset stomach is one of the most irritating symptoms. It can slow you down, ruin a night out, or make your whole body feel weak. Indigestion is common in America because of what Americans eat. Processed foods, meat, meat products, dairy products, genetically modified foods, junk food, and refined sugars can all inhibit the body’s natural digestion process.
How do you avoid indigestion? The best way is to eat foods that nurture the body. Plant-based foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains are full of nutrients that help the body’s natural processes. If indigestion strikes, look to the following herbal remedies for relief.
Drink Aloe Vera Juice
Drink aloe vera juice because it has anti-inflammatory properties that naturally soothe digestion. The trick is to drink about a half-cup of aloe vera juice before a meal. Note that most aloe vera juices are laxatives, so look for the bottles that indicate the laxative has been removed.
Chew On Some Fennel
If spicy or acidic foods caused the indigestion, take a handful of fennel seeds and chew on them. After giving them a good chew, swallow them because the oils help reduce nausea and flatulence. You can also chew caraway seeds to provide additional relief.
The papaya fruit contains enzymes that aid proper digestion. The enzymes in papaya are similar to the digestive enzymes that exist in your body. Try to eat fresh papaya to soothe indigestion because dried papaya may not contain high concentrations of these beneficial enzymes.
While activated charcoal doesn’t actually improve digestion, it can help extract the problem substance that you ingested. People who have done the Full Body Cleanse know that activated charcoal helps draw out heavy metal toxins from the body. If you eat something that gives you indigestion, take the charcoal after the meal and it will decrease the body’s absorption of that food by 60%. Make sure to mix about ½ teaspoon of charcoal with 8 ounces of water.
You can provide relief to your upset stomach by consuming ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water. You should not drink this mixture frequently. This fizzy drink can cause you to burp, but it helps reduce acidity in the stomach in addition to stomach pressure. If you ate too much and are just full, do not use this remedy because it can cause an already full stomach to explode.