Holidays tend to bring out the kid in all of us. And I don’t know about you, but I can already feel myself getting excited for the season.
I’m looking forward to the music and decorations. I can’t wait to spend more time with family and friends. And then there’s the delicious food from the juicy Thanksgiving turkey straight through to the opulent Christmas ham.
But one thing I’m NOT eager to experience again is the bloating and indigestion.
Because no matter how hard I try to eat healthy, I usually slip up once or twice between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. After all, I’m only human.
And if you’re a human too, I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about here.
5 kitchen cures to calm indigestion and bloat
But don’t worry. The next time you find yourself feeling uncomfortably full from overindulging, or eating a few too many rich foods, some simple home remedies can help.
Following are five effective kitchen cures to beat bloat and indigestion fast.
1. Tea time:
Sipping on a steaming cup of hot tea is soothing to begin with. But it turns out it’s also one of the best ways to tackle indigestion.
And while any tea you have on hand can help, a few excel at taming tummy woes.
Ginger – Ginger’s reputation for soothing upset stomachs and supporting digestion is well earned. Studies show it effectively calms nausea. And it’s excellent for breaking up and expelling the gas that causes the pressure and bloating behind indigestion.
Chamomile – Chamomile is a classic indigestion cure that’s earned its chops too. Sipping on chamomile can calm a rocky tummy and help relieve gas pressure. And the tea relaxes the muscles that move food through your intestines, helping you get rid of that overfull feeling fast.
Peppermint – Like chamomile, peppermint helps relax the muscles that push food through your digestive tract. Plus it helps improve bile flow to tackle the fats from all the rich foods you’ve eaten. But while peppermint is great for beating gas and indigestion, keep in mind it can irritate a case of heartburn further.
Hint: According to Healthier Talk contributor Dr. Rothfeld, peppermint essential oil can help relieve abdominal pain, bloating and colon spasms as well. Add three to five drops to a carrier oil such as almond oil, and smooth over your bloated belly for relief.
No tea on hand? In a pinch, sipping on some hot water can help calm indigestion symptoms too.
2. Fix it with fennel:
If you’re feeling a bit gassy and nauseous after eating, head to your spice rack and grab some fennel seeds. Experts say these tiny little seeds can drive away indigestion brought on by eating too many rich or spicy foods.
Research shows fennel reduces intestinal spasms and helps move food through your intestines more quickly.
You can simply munch on a small spoonful of the seeds. Or try making an easy fennel tea instead. Crush a teaspoon of the seeds and steep them in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out the seeds before sipping.
The oils in the fennel seeds will help relieve your gas and pressure fast.
All out of fennel seeds? Try caraway seeds instead. Chewing on a small handful can help release trapped gas, driving down pressure and bloating.
3. Axe indigestion with ACV:
If you’ve overindulged at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, apple cider vinegar (ACV) could help you get over that indigestion fast.
Add a teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink. If needed, you can stir in a teaspoon of raw honey to make this remedy more palatable.
Experts say the ACV can help kick start slow digestion, moving food along to relieve pressure. Hint: Drinking this remedy BEFORE a rich meal can keep bloating and heartburn at bay.
4. Beat bloat with baking soda
If excess of stomach acid is behind your occasional indigestion, baking soda could help you get some quick relief. Stir a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice into a full glass of water, and drink.
The sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda helps neutralize the acid reversing sour stomach symptoms. And the lemon helps assure the soda relieves your gas, instead of causing more.
But keep in mind baking soda is high in salt. So folks who are salt sensitive might want to try a different solution.
5. Try turmeric:
Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is a natural anti-inflammatory. And experts say this popular spice can help reduce excess gas and alleviate indigestion.
In fact, turmeric is so effective studies show it doesn’t just help block indigestion alone. In a meta-analysis, researchers found that turmeric also tackled troubling symptoms from other digestive disorders including irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and gastroesophageal reflux.
Don’t let indigestion and bloating bring you down. Enjoy every moment of the magical holiday season this year. And should tummy troubles strike, simply head to the kitchen for some fast natural relief.
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