The time has come again for all good people to get indigestion from the Holiday merriment and over indulgences with friends and family.
One swig of eggnog too many. One piece of chocolate fudge too many. One dollop of custard cream too many.
We all know how if feels to suffer that uncomfortable bloat after a celebratory meal when all you want to do is undo your tight pants (which fit you just fine a couple of hours ago) , lie down, and belch with abandonment. Unfortunately, you can’t because there are still people around and you need to maintain a stitch of decorum.
Oh, how you wish that you had stopped before your third helping of desserts.
Well, what’s eaten is eaten and indigestion has set in to remind you that gluttony is a sin.
While many people go for the bubble gum pink liquid in a bottle known as Pepto-Bismol, the active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate can have negative side effects, not to mention that it also contains coloring agents, and preservatives.
Here are five natural remedies to assuage your discomfort.
5 Remedies to the Rescue:
#1 Ginger Tea or Ginger Candy
Ginger has powerful and amazing healing qualities, and has been used for millennia by different cultures around the world.
It is very effective because as soon as it is taken by mouth, it promotes the secretion of saliva, which is an important component of good digestion. Then, once the ginger has traveled to the stomach, it increases production of digestive enzymes and juices. There are also phenolic compounds that help to relax stomach muscles, and acidity. And the warming quality of ginger contributes to overall metabolism and removal of toxins from the body.
Here are a few easy ways to use ginger for indigestion:
- Brew a cup of tea using a few thin slices of fresh ginger. Drink while it is hot.
- Simply place a small slice of fresh ginger in your mouth and chew it for a minute or so to release the essential oils and other active compounds.
- Pop a piece of ginger candy and chew it very slowly and well. Choose one that is made from Organic Crystallized Ginger.
#2 Chew Gum
The act of chewing a piece of gum will help to activate salivation, and this in turn will produce enzymes that help to break down the stuff you ate.
In addition to being a digestive aid, chewing gum also helps with reflux or heartburn. It seems that chewing gum forces fluids back into the stomach and fill the esophagus with alkaline saliva, which then neutralizes the acids that cause the painful burning sensation.
Of course, you don’t want to be chewing on sugary gums, as that will damage your teeth and increase blood sugar.
Opt for sugarless varieties made from xylitol, an ingredient that also helps to fight bacteria.
#3 Raw Sauerkraut Juice
Just an ounce or two of sauerkraut juice works wonders for stomach upset or nausea. The juice also contains the beneficial probiotics needed for
healthy digestion, and to strengthen your immune system to fight off any bad bugs that may have landed on your eggnog.
(Better yet, serve a side dish of raw sauerkraut with your holiday meal to boost digestion. Get RAW SAUERKRAUT from the market.
Raw means that it is not pasteurized, and contains live cultures.)
#4 Mint Tea
Good old fashion mint tea really works.
Why? When taken internally, peppermint confers a calming effect on the muscles of the stomach, and intestinal tract. Peppermint also contains essential oils that stimulate the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. In addition, peppermint helps to release excess gas that contributes to bloating.
I really like this Organic Moroccan Mint Tea made by Numi.
#5 Lie on Your Left Side
The Romans were known for reclining on their left side while indulging in their food orgies. While their various excesses led to the fall of the Roman Empire, it seems that this one habit actually holds merit.
According to researchers, if you recline on your right side, the lower part of the stomach expands so you feel stuffed. However, if you lie on your left side, the load on the antrum, the lower part of your stomach, is reduced, thus helping to alleviate discomfort after a heavy meal. Additionally, lying on your left helps the flow of bile into the stomach and also facilitates the gentle muscular action on your digestive tract to slowly move the food along.
Find a quiet place, and lie down on your left for about 10 – 15 minutes, while breathing slowly. It really works.
Want to have other real good home remedies at your finger tips?
Just click HERE to download a really nifty infographic chart that was shared by the equally nifty Aldo Baker.
Please be aware that these remedies are for minor digestive issues. If you experience persistent heartburn, indigestion or heart pain, contact a health
For Love of Food and Friends,
Image credit: Illustration by Kazumi Hatasa
Spilde, Ingrid. “Why Did Romans Recline While Feasting?”, July, 2012. www.sciencenordic.com
“The Effect of Chewing Sugar-free Gum on Gastro-esophageal Reflux” J DENT RES November 2005 84: 1062-1065,