Holistic Treatment for Digestion

7 Natural Remedies to Treat Indigestion: Proven by Science

Have you ever thought about why we use the term “gut-feeling,” or why we feel butterflies when we are nervous? This isn’t just metaphorical; science has given the answer that our “second brain” is hidden behind the walls of the digestive system.

If you have ever experienced digestion issues you might have first-hand experience with:

  • That uncomfortable fullness right after eating
  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • Feelings of burning in your chest
  • Nausea
  • Disturbed sleeping pattern
  • Disturbed mood

If you experience these ailments frequently, perhaps you haven’t been taking care of your second brain.

This article is going to reveal natural remedies to prevent that uncomfortable bloated feeling, and other digestion issues.

What Is Indigestion?

Indigestion, or dyspepsia, is a condition in which stomach acid comes in contact with the walls of the digestive tract, causing pain and swelling. Other symptoms of indigestion includes bloating, nausea, heartburn, and acid reflux. This condition often arises after the consumption of food or drinks and can also be triggered by smoking, drinking, and medication. Women most commonly face indigestion during pregnancy.

Everyone faces these problems at some stage of their life whether it’s due to a stressful environment, unhealthy lifestyle, or disordered eating patterns. Indigestion usually attacks mildly without causing long lasting effects, but in case of long-lasting effects, you should consult a doctor.

There are easy, natural, holistic remedies to cure indigestion and all you have to do is head straight for the kitchen. Using natural remedies isn’t just an old wives tale. Researchers have proven the benefits of natural remedies, including the ability to prevent and easily cure certain disorders.

Natural Remedies to Cure Indigestion

1. Drinking Water

According to The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the adequate amount of daily fluid intake of water for males is 3.7 liters and for females is 2.7 liters. Fulfilling your adequate daily intake of plain water will help soothe the digestive tract.


According to 2012 research, drinking water with pH 8.8 ,which is slightly alkaline in nature. This helps to deactivate pepsin, which plays a big role in acid reflux.


2. BRAT Diet

BRAT stands for Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.

Most doctors recommend a BRAT diet when the patient is suffering from digestive illness, diarrhea or a variety of stomach problems.

The BRAT diet consists of low fiber, bland foods, which helps to bind food and ease the problem of diarrhea by reducing the number of stools. As it is bland, it helps to ease stomach, esophageal, and intestinal linings, which are sensitive due to constant acid reflux.

The BRAT Diet is also high in magnesium and potassium. The diet helps replace these minerals and nutrients that are lost during vomiting and diarrhea.

3. Avoid Non-Bland foods

Certain foods should be avoided to prevent the onset of indigestion:

  • Fried, spicy and greasy foods should be avoided.
  • Milk and dairy contains bacteria that elevate the diarrheal condition and it should be avoided.
  • Vegetables that are raw shouldn’t be consumed.
  • Fruits high in acidity should be avoided.
  • Avoid any smoking, alcohol, coffee, and caffeinated beverages.
  • Very hot and cold food should be avoided.

4. Ginger Tea

Ginger is globally known for its medicinal properties. It possesses antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer properties.

A 2019 study shows that ginger contains multiple biologically active components. It is composed of gingerol related components, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can help relieve inflammation caused in the digestive lining due to acidity.

Based on systematic research, ginger is harmless and can be used to relieve nausea and vomiting, even by women during pregnancy.


5. Turmeric

Turmeric is rich in curcumin, making it a great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Turmeric is known not only to cure digestive illness, but is also used for other medicinal purposes.

A study found that the underlying cause for acid reflux or indigestion is oxidative stress and inflammation. As turmeric is high in both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, it helps to relieve the problem.

Another study in 2011 supported the fact that turmeric helps to relieve esophageal inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


6. Mixture of Lime, Baking Soda and Water

A mixture of lime juice, baking soda and water may also help resolve digestive problems.

The byproduct of the mixture is carbonic acid, which will help to excrete gas and relieve indigestion and pain. It also helps to increase biliary secretion, which will reduce the onset of chronic constipation. The acid of lime facilitates not only the absorption of fat and alcohol, but also helps to neutralize gastric acid.  


7. Lifestyle Changes

Just changing some of our lifestyle habits can help us reduce digestion problems. Do the following to prevent or treat indigestion:

  • Avoid lying down right after eating food.
  • Quit the habit of smoking and/or drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid lying down with your upper body elevated.
  • Avoid tight fitted clothing that squeezes your stomach.


Summarizing the above, holistic cures for indigestion involve natural ingredients containing biologically active compounds that act like medicine, thus helping relieve pain or discomfort.

Improving your eating habits as well consuming less raw, fried or processed food may help to lower the risk of indigestion. Indigestion is not only caused by food, but in some people is also triggered through a stressful environment. In this case, relaxing with a cup of chamomile tea may help, or any activity that helps reduce your anxiety.

Changing your lifestyle can also help reduce the onset of indigestion. Exercising at the right time, choosing what to wear, walking before lying down, and reducing your intake of caffeinated beverages all help to prevent indigestion.

How To Manage Your Chronic Pain Without Popping Pills

Natural Remedies to Manage Your Pain

Pain that lasts more than 3 months can make it difficult for you to go on with your daily life. Unfortunately, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can leave you with:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of mobility 
  • Lack of motivation to get up in the morning 
  • Negative mental health outcomes, such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, and more

You might be surprised to learn that there are ways to treat your chronic pain other than popping over the counter medication. In this article, you will learn how to manage your pain in a natural way. We will share information on pain relief practices such as acupuncture, holistic herbal remedies, and a variety of oils that can help manage your pain.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. It can be a sharp, shooting pain or a dull achy pain that just will not go away. The pain can come from a muscle, joint, or a specific nerve, like your sciatic nerve. 

When you have an injury, pain signals travel from that injured area up to your spinal cord and to your brain. Your brain then interprets the pain and sends the signals back down to the area to let you know that the area is hurt. 

Over time, the injury will heal and sometimes the pain does ease or disappear completely. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain does not go away and you are left with chronic pain that can be difficult for you to deal with on a daily basis. This is when a lot of people turn to medication. 

Using medication for a long period of time can have negative side effects on your body. 

Negative side effects may include:

  • Stomach irritations
  • Ulcers
  • Increased potential for bruising
  • Constipation and more

Why use natural remedies to help combat chronic pain? 

It is normal for you to want your pain to stop. Using natural remedies to help with your pain is an overall healthier option for you and for your body. 

Before you can treat your pain naturally, you need to figure out why the pain is happening. The best way for you to do this is to consult with your doctor and find out the main source and cause of your pain. 

Once you have figured out what is causing the pain, you can then find pain relief remedies that will work for you. 

Holistic pain relief remedies

There are a few pain relief remedies that you can use to help you deal with your chronic pain.

Heat and Ice

One of the most common pain relief remedies is alternating heat and ice. An ice pack will help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area. A cold pack can also help help relieve pain that is causing a headache. 

If your pain is caused by arthritis or joint pain, then heat will help you more than ice. Keep the ice or heat pack on the painful area for no more than 15 minutes at a time. If you keep it on for longer, you risk burning your skin. 


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that seeks to relieve pain by balancing the body’s natural qi (CHEE). This is the natural energy pathway. 

A 2012 study found that acupuncture can help relieve migraines, as well as chronic pain in other locations.


Daily exercise and stretching can help reduce the pain that you feel in your muscles and body as a whole. When stretching, make sure that you do not go past the point of pain. 

Pain relief herbs & spices

In your garden, fridge, or even spice rack, there are natural pain relief herbs and spices that are sitting in your house. 


People have traditionally used cloves to help with toothache. A 2006 study found that clove gel was as effective in relieving pain as benzocaine gel. Benzocaine gel is a topical gel that dentists often use to reduce needle pain. 


Ginger is a root that not only tastes great on sushim but can also be used as a natural pain reliever. 

A systematic review performed in 2015 found that if you ingest 2 grams of ginger a day, it can help reduce muscle pain caused by resistance exercise and running. 

Pain relief oils 

As an Aromatherapist, I cannot stress enough how effective essential oils can be if you use them correctly. Many natural oils, when applied topically, can help relieve your pain.

Please keep in mind that essential oils are safe to use topically and should not be ingested. 

Before use, you should dilute your essential oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil, avocado oil, or even warm coconut oil. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil for each ounce of carrier oil. 

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can relieve pain, help you sleep, and help ease anxiety. 

In a small study done in 2012, it was found that by inhaling lavender oil, pain associated with migraine headaches was reduced. 

Rosemary Essential Oil

Researchers have stated that rosemary might reduce inflammation, treat headaches, help muscle and bone pain. Researchers have also said that rosemary can help treat Opium Withdrawal Syndrome.


The most important things to remember about pain relief without medication are:

  • Natural remedies do take a bit longer to kick in than synthetic medication 
  • There are hundreds of natural pain relief remedies. We have just introduced you to some of the more common remedies. 
  • If your pain gets worse, you need to seek medical assistance. 

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