Dyspepsia is a fairly common disorder. It affects poor digestion and is accompanied by a series of easily recognizable symptoms such as stomach ache, belching, abdominal swelling, heaviness or heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, aerophagia, nausea, headache, drowsiness etc. Poor digestion may be due to disordered feeding, psycho-somatic stress and Helicobacter pylori infection, abuse of anti-inflammatory drugs, liver or pancreas disease.
It may happen that our digestion is more difficult than usual, simply after a large meal. For example, on holidays or any other occasions or when we go to the restaurant and exaggerate with the course. Excluding cases of dyspepsia related to pathological factors (and in this case it is good to contact your doctor). Mother Nature, as always offers us various sweet remedies to improve the digestive process and relieve symptoms like stomach ache, reflux and abdominal swelling. Generally, these are natural remedies, herbal teas, decoctions, infusions to be taken after meals. Even essential oils and Bach flowers can be useful.
Grandma’s Classic Remedies to Aid Digestion
To alleviate the annoying symptoms of poor digestion and perhaps, get rid of an indigestion stomach ache, the easiest solution is to place a boulle of hot water just at the stomach. Alternatively, you can use a thermal pad filled with flax seeds or cherry pits, to be heated on the radiator or in the oven (if made of fireproof material).
One of the classic remedies, especially in cases of stomach ache with nausea is to drink hot water and lemon peel, the so-called “canary.” Prepared by boiling for a few minutes, the skin of half a lemon, strictly organic. Then, filter and drink the infusion when the water is still hot.
Another grandmother’s remedy to promote digestion is lemon juice and bicarbonate. In a glass of water, preferably lukewarm, squeeze half a lemon, add a pinch (the tip of a teaspoon) of baking soda and mix immediately. The result is an effervescent drink that when drunk all in one breath, has an immediate digestive effect, in addition to reducing any heartburn.
Additional digestive drink you can easily prepare at home is the infusion of chamomile and sage. Take a sachet of chamomile or a tablespoon of dried flowers and two or three dried sage leaves, leave to infuse in boiling water, strain and drink after meals.
Digestive Herbal Teas and Herbal Remedies to Digest
In herbal medicine, you can find various digestive teas mixed with different plants with carminative properties. The best known digestive herbal tea is undoubtedly that of Fennel seeds. When drank after meals, it helps to digest and fight abdominal swellings. It can be consumed as it is, leaving two teaspoons of fennel seeds in infusion or with the addition of a teaspoon of rosemary needles, which possess purifying properties.
Even the Mint tea is excellent, especially in case of indigestion, as it stimulates the gastric juices and relaxes the stomach muscles, thanks to the presence of its active ingredient, menthol. However, caution should be exercised if you are suffering from gastritis or gastric ulcers, mint can trigger it, so better use another remedy. Another alternative is the infusion of chicory, which promotes digestion and regulates the intestine, as well as acting favorably on the liver in the production of bile, with a purifying and detoxifying effect.
Genziana is also good, with digestive, tonic and eupeptic properties. The Anise, then, is useful in case of abdominal swelling, due to fermentation. Other seeds with properties similar to anise that can be infused or chewed at the end of the meal are Cumin, Coriander and Cardamom.
Finally, a word about licorice, with gastro-protective and tonic-digestive properties, which is generally added to sweeten the taste of herbal teas made from bitter herbs. All these herbs can be taken individually or mixed together, in the form of teas or as chewable tablets found in herbal medicine or pharmacy. To create the digestive infusion with the right mix of carminative plants, chosen ad hoc on your needs, rely on an expert herbalist.
Feeding in Case of Poor Digestion
The way we consume food is also important in the case of dyspepsia. First of all, it is good to take moderate amount and a few different food in the same meal. So, eat slowly and calmly, dedicating the right time to each meal, sitting comfortably at the table without haste. Chew each food and bite well, without swallowing the food, but enjoying the dishes.
When the digestion is particularly slow and laborious, there are food that should be avoided. Limit the consumption of overly-fat dishes or food rich in animal protein (especially red meat that is more difficult to digest). Avoid gravies and fried foods, but prefer light condiments such as raw extra virgin olive oil or fresh lemon juice. Choose simple and cooked food with light cooking methods, better if steamed.
In general, avoid overly spicy food and spices, such as chili and curry. Start the meal with a small piece of raw vegetables, to encourage the production of digestive enzymes; a piece of carrot, fennel or celery is ideal. In case of indigestion, you can chew a piece of fresh ginger at the end of the meal or eat a few slices of grapefruit during the course of the day.
Other solutions that Mother Nature makes available to help us in case of difficult digestion are the use of essential oils. Just a few drops to be combined with sweet almond oil and practice a light massage directly on the abdomen. To amplify the benefits, some essential oils can also be ingested, one or two drops at most or added to a teaspoon of honey.
Fennel, with strong digestive and antispasmodic properties is used to facilitate digestion, even in the presence of meteorism (abdominal bloating) and aerophagia. Mint has a digestive and carminative action, useful in case of indigestion, intestinal spasms and flatulence. The Alloro favors the digestion and relieves stomach ache, with muscle relaxant action, therefore, useful in the presence of spasms, irritable bowel and presence of gas too. Cumin, in addition to promoting digestion, makes nausea pass and stimulates the liver. Finally, the Hyssop facilitates digestion if it slows down and eliminates intestinal gas.