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Chronic Indigestion – Strategies For Coping

Excellent digestion is the cornerstone of excellent health, because this is the sole means
of supplying nutrition to the body. You may be eating the most nutritive diet,
but if your digestion is poor for some reason, the body is not able to absorb
properly the nutrients from food, resulting in low energy levels and a whole lot
of health problems arising from increased acidic toxins in the blood.

Chronic indigestion commonly presents itself in the form of heartburn and acid
reflux, accompanied by flatulence, abdominal discomfort and pain, excessive
burping, and other acidity-related problems. The most commonly used medications
to get relief from chronic indigestion are antacids. Though they do provide some
temporary relief from acid reflux, they do not cure the root cause of chronic
indigestion, and can have side effects in the long run.

Continuous use of antacid medications can disturb the natural acid–alkaline
balance in the body, further enhancing the digestive problems. Moreover,
antacids contain aluminum, which has been indicated as being related to senility
and Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, the use of some time-tested natural home
remedies and inclusion of alkaline foods in the diet seems more effective and
safer method to get relief from symptoms of chronic indigestion.

A very potent remedy picked straight from the kitchen shelf is aniseed, or
anise. The digestive power of aniseed is well known since ancient times. In many
cultures, a teaspoon of plain/roasted aniseed is chewed after meals in order to
aid digestion and to leave a lingering sweet smell in the mouth. One can also
make a light herbal tea out of aniseed. But only the green variety, also called
European anise or sweet anise, should be used.

Peppermint is another remedy for indigestion that is easily available in any
kitchen. It has strong digestive and antibacterial properties and is helpful in
stomach disorders, cramps, ulcers and flatulence. Roasted carom seeds (or
ajwain), either chewed directly or taken in the form of a herbal tea, also aid
digestion. One more spice that is known to aid digestion and is easily available
on your kitchen shelf is cinnamon. Powdered cinnamon can be added to a number of
dishes, not only to give its characteristic flavor but also to improve
digestion.

Chicory root is a bitter herb containing endive and escarole. A herbal tea made
out of chicory root reduces acid reflux and heartburn. It may also be added to
salad. Yet another common herb known for digestive healing properties is
lavender.

The best way to avoid developing chronic indigestion is to make alkaline foods a
part of your daily diet, and to reduce the consumption of acidic foods
(non-vegetarian foods, deep-fried foods, coffee and tea, refined sugars and
starch), etc. For example, a cup of plain chilled milk gives nearly instant
relief from acidity.

Other alkaline foods include that have strong digestive properties are papaya
(having the enzyme papain), pineapple (having the enzyme bromelain),
pomegranate, grapefruit, banana, lime, a whole lot of vegetables like bottle
gourd, fresh natural yogurt, etc.

Making these vegetarian foods a part of your daily diet, and minimizing the
consumption of acidic foods, goes a long way in helping you cope with chronic
indigestion and prevent further development of digestive problems.

Jill Seimer reports on health matters at



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