Are you afraid of eating certain foods because you know they will upset your stomach? Do you tend to feel bloated, gassy, or just uncomfortable after eating certain foods? I used to feel as though I had the most sensitive stomach in the world and would always be cautious with what I ate in order to avoid aggravating my stomach. However, I found that there are many natural products on the market that can help alleviate these symptoms so that I could eat what I wanted, not just what I could tolerate.
Before getting into the actual products that one can take for indigestion, I want to first emphasize how important it is to eat slowly and to chew your food as much as possible. I know this is hard because most of us are always on the go and do not have the time to sit and eat our meals in peace. However, when you eat in a hurry and do not chew your food enough, you are leaving it up to your body to do most of the work. What I mean is, mastication (chewing) is the first part of digestion. Your saliva has enzymes that help break down the food along with your teeth when you chew. Also, chewing sends a signal to your stomach to release more digestive enzymes and acid to prepare itself for the incoming food. Our stomachs work best at digesting our food when we are relaxed. This is because when we are relaxed, we have more energy to expend to our stomach and intestines to digest our food properly and thoroughly. So, try to sit and relax when eating your next meal and see if you notice a difference.
If you still find yourself becoming bloated and gassy after relaxing and chewing your food slowly, try taking one of these natural digestive aids. One of my favorites is acidophilus, also known as “good bacteria.” Good bacteria naturally lines our intestinal tract to help digest our food and absorb the nutrients. However, these good bacteria may become depleted over the years and need to be replenished. Taking papaya enzymes is also a great remedy for indigestion because our stomachs may not always produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the amount of food we consume. Licorice helps soothe the mucosal lining in our stomachs and kills harmful bacteria that inhibit normal acid production needed to digest our food. Ginger helps quell inflammation in our digestive tract and increases gastric motility to keep food moving along so that it does not just sit in our stomach and intestines. Also, putting lemon in some hot water and drinking it after a large meal can help break down your food since it acts like the acid your stomach naturally produces. Last but not least, peppermint is a great digestive aid that helps calm the stomach and alleviate bloating, however, people with GERD or acid reflux should be cautious when using this because it can worsen their condition.
Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable after eating, especially when they are among friends and family. It can be very bothersome and even frustrating when you cannot eat the foods you desire due to the fear of indigestion. However, I hope the above mentioned remedies will take away your fears so that you can actually enjoy your meals once again. Thanks for reading. This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.