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Baking Soda Benefits Digestion

Painful digestive problems that strike after a heavy or spicy meal can make you miserable. If you want fast relief, but don’t have any over-the-counter antacids on hand, check your pantry for a box of baking soda. Known scientifically as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an inexpensive and effective home remedy that you can use to control occasional indigestion or heartburn. If you’re on a sodium-restricted diet, consult your doctor before using baking soda to treat problems with your digestion. Indigestion Indigestion, known medically as dyspepsia, is a collective term for a variety of symptoms, including the feeling of fullness before a meal, bothersome fullness after a meal, nausea, bloating and burning or pain between the lower end of your chest bone and navel. Indigestion is quite common among adults and can occur only once in a while or as frequently as every day, according to the National Institute of Health’s National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Baking soda helps to break down fatty substances and food particles, making them easier to digest and calming the turmoil in your stomach. Heartburn Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is a burning feeling just below, or behind, your breastbone that spreads up to your esophagus. The unpleasant, burning sensation occurs when the band of muscle at the end of your esophagus doesn’t close tightly enough, allowing stomach acid and partially digested food to creep back up into your throat. Almost everyone experiences heartburn at one time or another, which may be made more severe by hiatal hernias, pregnancies or certain medications. Baking soda neutralizes the excess acid in your stomach, putting out the flaming feeling in your chest and throat. See your doctor if you experience severe heartburn more than twice […]
By |November 14th, 2013|Diet|0 Comments

Home Remedies for Food Digestion Problems

Ginger The common spice ginger is a useful remedy for the treatment of nausea and vomiting from a stomach flu or other digestive disturbance. In addition, ginger may relieve symptoms associated with a gallbladder attack, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Both powdered or fresh ginger can be made into an herbal tea and mixed with a little bit of honey to sweeten. Ginger is considered safe when used occasionally in tea; however, it can thin the blood when used repeatedly. If you take blood-thinning medicine, consult your health practitioner before using ginger medicinally over time.   Mint Another home remedy that is an excellent treatment for upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, bloating, excess gas and acid indigestion is mint, notes the UMMC. You can buy dried mint at the health food store loose or in tea bags and keep it in a cool, dark cupboard for times when you need a cup of mint tea. Or grow a mint plant on your windowsill. Whenever you have a digestive upset, tear off a mint leaf and chew on it for relief. Mint and other plants in the mint family, like basil and spearmint, may aggravate acid reflux in some people. If you notice your symptoms getting worse, stop using it. Contact your health practitioner if your symptoms do not improve.   Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid that helps create an alkaline-forming state in the stomach when taken for acid reflux, according to “The pH Miracle.” It stimulates the production of digestive enzymes, including bicarbonate, which neutralizes stomach acid and changes the pH of the contents of the stomach. To make a home remedy to ease acid reflux, mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with […]
By |October 1st, 2013|Diet|0 Comments