There’s nothing worse than that burning, uncomfortable feeling you get after a meal. Even if you aren’t the one who gets indigestion frequently, the sudden attack can be extremely uncomfortable, and sometimes embarrassing; especially, if you are amongst new friends or are with a special someone you are trying to impress. But, while indigestion can take many forms – including bloating, a growling stomach, burning in the stomach and upper abdomen, abdominal pain, having an acidic taste in your mouth, and even nausea or vomiting – there are simple ways to get rid of indigestion and alleviate any symptoms you might have. Here are seven great ways to get rid of indigestion:
6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Indigestion
1. Ginger “Cocktail”
Well known for its many healing properties, ginger works to reduce indigestion by stimulating digestive juices and enzymes that help facilitate the digestion of food. This method is particularly effective for cases of indigestion due to overeating. There are three ways to make your own ginger “cocktail” and get relief fast.
Mix 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts ginger juice with a pinch of salt, and mix with 4-6 ounces of warm water. You may drink it without water, but warming it seems to be more effective.
Concoct a homemade ginger tea for after-meal consumption by placing ½ teaspoon ground ginger in a cup of hot water and letting it steep for 3 minutes.
Finely chop fresh ginger and steep in 1 cup water for 3 minutes. Remove the ginger, salt, and eat immediately following your meal. Then add 1 teaspoon of honey to the ginger tea and drink the warm liquid slowly.
Adding coriander to your meal can help with indigestion. Though not everyone will add enough coriander to make a difference, a teaspoon mixed into some milk or buttermilk has been said to be effective. It’s not the best tasting solution, however.
3. Baking Soda
One of the oldest home remedies to for indigestion is the use of baking soda. Stomach acid is literally an acid, so in order to counteract an over-acidic environment in your belly, you must tackle it with a more basic food (usually called an “antacid”) and restore the pH balance. Baking soda does just that. Simply stir ½ teaspoon baking soda in 4 ounces of water, and drink. This should relieve gas and bloating fairly quickly.
4. Peppermint Leaves or Oil
Peppermint oil is great for both an aromatherapy fix and for oral consumption. Aromatic peppermint is not as effective overall, but studies do show that the smell of peppermint can help with digestion and nausea symptoms. When consuming orally, you can take 1 teaspoon of oil 3 times daily (between meals) for ongoing maintenance, or make a tea with 1 cup hot water and about 1 ½ teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can work wonders for indigestion, and it works fairly quickly when you take it straight; however, it can be tough to swallow on its own. Try mixing it in a cup of warm water and it will go down a little easier. The most effective (overall health benefits included) type to use is natural apple cider vinegar that is a bit cloudy and has a little sediment on the bottom.
6. Acid-Fighting Foods/Spices
Eating the following acid-fighting foods will help cut back on stomach acid and indigestion within minutes.
Apples (try Gala apples, they work well)
Cabbage (this may not work for some, but is an old home remedy)
Raw almonds (before a meal, as it may take up to an hour to realize effects)
Fresh ginger and salt
Over-the-Counter to Get Rid of Indigestion
Aside from the home remedies, there are several over-the-counter medicines that are designed to relieve indigestion to varying degrees. Some last longer than others, and they all work differently; so, depending on your symptoms, you will have to decide which OTC medicine is the best fit for you. They include:
Oral Suspension Medications (like Pepto Bismol, which also works for heartburn)
Antacid Tablets (like Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids or Tums)
Acid Reducers (like Pepcid AC or Zantac)
Acid Blockers (like Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid)
Anti-Gas/Anti flatulence (like Beano or Gas-X)