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Natural Ways to Combat Digestive Problems

For many people, chronic indigestion is a real problem.  While not always an indication of serious health issues, it can be both irritating and frustrating to deal with, especially for those who prefer not to use a lot of over the counter medications and treatments.  Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies and preparations that can be found both readily and inexpensively that provide quick satisfactory solutions.  Here are a few actions you can take to help keep those bothersome digestive problems from getting out of hand.

o    One of the first things to try and prevent is over eating.  As hard as it may be through holiday season, it is always wise to be prudent about what’s on your plate.  Try to avoid carbonated beverages with your food, and always eat slowly being sure to chew your food completely.  If you do over indulge, papaya tablets may help ease temporary indigestion.

o    Peppermint or chamomile tea is believed to settle the stomach and calm the digestive tract.

o    Exercise can be very effective for keeping digestive troubles under control.  A short walk after eating may help stimulate the digestive process and prevent that sluggish bloated feeling that persists if you remain inactive after eating.  Although it is often what we most prefer to do, it is never a good idea to lie down right after eating.

o    Another possible treatment for digestive problems is citrus juice or apple cider vinegar; both have properties that help to soothe stomach upsets.  Drinking a glass of water with a bit of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar added is the easiest way to use these two natural ingredients.

o    Many folks believe that aniseed is an effective cure for indigestion as well.  Perhaps this belief stems from its inclusion in old tonic called gripe water that has been given to infants for many years to calm colic and upset tummy.

o    Ginger is widely recognized as a stomach soother but is used primarily to treat stomach nausea as opposed to indigestion.  Made into a warm tea, however, it can also help promote good digestion.

While these natural cures can be helpful for day to day indigestion, you should not put off visiting your Ottawa wellness practitioner for advice if you think your symptoms are more severe.  Digestive troubles can sometimes be the result of more serious underlying causes such as ulcers or gall bladder problems.