Also called dyspepsia, indigestion is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness or discomfort during or after a meal. Burning or pain in the upper stomach can accompany indigestion.
Symptoms of indigestion may include:
Bloating (full feeling).
Belching and gas.
Nausea and vomiting.
Burning in the stomach or upper abdomen.
These symptoms may increase in times of stress.
Indigestion is believed to be “too much” acid, but in reality there is too little acid to digest the food properly and therefore the food cannot break down sufficiently to leave the stomach normally and may try to come up into the esophagus causing acid reflux.
The primary reason there is too little acid is for lack of sodium. The stomach is the sodium bank of the body and when sodium levels have been depleted in the stomach, the body stops producing sufficient acid to digest your food completely.
Increasing salt in the diet can be helpful with indigestion, but not just any kind of salt. (See Salt).
Home Remedies For Indigestion.
An immediate remedy for acid reflux is to mix a half-teaspoon of cream of tartar with a half-teaspoon of baking soda. Blend into in a warm or lukewarm cup of water and sip slowly if taken when there is food in the stomach, because gas will be released as the acid is neutralized and can cause bloating pain if taken too quickly. Relief should occur within minutes of drinking the solution.
In the event that cream of tartar is not available, drink 1 tsp. of baking soda in a glass of warm water.
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Now you know what the Indigestion Definition is, continue to find out about……
Foods That Cause Indegestion
Indications of Acid Indigestion/Acidosis
(Also known as Indigestion Symptoms)
Feelings of bloating and/or heaviness
Dull stomach pain
Heartburn right after a meal
Causes of Acid Indigestion/Acidosis:
Drinking ACIDIC water (distilled, tap, well, most bottled water)
Eating too many Acid-forming foods (pasta, tomato sauce, meat, most grains/fruits)
Overconsumption of refined carbohydrates (white flour/sugar/rice)
Overconsumption of fruit and/or fruit juice
Eating too fast and not chewing sufficiently
Poor food combining
Drinking excess water with meals
Excessive use of raw foods
People who persist in the above activities for many years will eventually experience a deterioration of all of the organs of digestion, consisting of the stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and pancreas, causing a variety of imbalances throughout the body. Such imbalances can often lead to more serious diseases like cancer.
Dietary Guidelines for the Prevention of or those Suffering from Acid Indigestion
In order for healing to occur on any level, no matter how mild or severe the health concern, proper diet is essential. Without a proper, balanced diet, treatment is very limited. Below is an easy to follow balanced diet one must understand prior to the prevention of or for the relief from acid indigestion/acidosis.
If we view our food-intake like a pie, 80% of the pie we consume ideally should have a pH of 7.4 or more, which is considered alkaline. The remainder 20% of the pie will consist of those acid-forming foods such as most grains, animal foods (meats, fish, eggs, cheese), other fats/oils and most fruits.
So, what should 80% of your diet consist of if you are trying to eliminate the acid in your body?
VEGETABLES and select grains and fruits which are slightly alkaline.
In addition to the foods that we eat, it is absolutely essential that we are drinking Alkaline-Rich water. We have millions of cells in our body that are polluted every day with Carbon emissions, pesticides, organophosphates, negative thinking, stress and much more.
By continuing to drink tap water, well water, distilled water and bottled water, we are adding acid on top of all the other harmful toxins to our cells. Our cells crave Oxygenated-Alkaline-Rich water in order to supply our organs with the necessary tools to function optimally. One quick and easy way to make your water more alkaline is to add about 1 tsp. of baking soda per 8 oz. of purified water.
The Role of Vitamins, Proteins, and Fats in the Diet
Vitamins – The perception that one must use vitamins to increase nutritional deficiencies is not only false but could be very dangerous and acid-forming.
As long as our diet is well balanced, there is no need for vitamins as our bodies will be able to produce the essential vitamins required to maintain health.
Even more important than vitamins in our diet are absorbable minerals. A small amount of organic sea vegetables added to the daily diet such as Arame salad is very beneficial in providing the body with essential minerals and is also an excellent source of Calcium.
Proteins – The phrase “less is more” is imperative when weighing proteins in the diet. One must be aware of protein toxemia, which is most likely one of the major causes of cancer and other degenerative diseases in America.
This is largely due to the overconsumption of animal protein combined with environmental and food toxins. When purchasing meats as well as other sources of animal protein, please be cognizant of those with added synthetic growth hormones. Choose hormone and antibiotic free or organic when possible.
Fats – A small amount of quality unsaturated fats and oils is an essential part of one’s diet. In addition, maintaining a proper balance of essential fatty acids is of particular importance for optimal health benefits.
Most Americans eat plenty of omega-6 fatty acids; however, recent statistics indicate that 99% of people in the U.S. do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids particularly those consisting of Omega-3’s are also necessary for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K and help stabilize one’s metabolism.
Preferable Cooking Oils:
Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)
Preferable Non-Cooking Oils:
Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (cooking olive oil as well as other polyunsaturated oils at high temperatures changes the chemical properties causing the oil to become rancid which is extremely toxic for one’s health).
The Role of Kitchen Spices when Cooking Foods
In order to facilitate a balanced diet, herbs are very useful as well as resolving long-term nutritional deficiencies. For example, the seaweeds, the docks and dandelion are most important for providing nutrients. In addition, parsley leaves, dandelion leaves and dried nettle are key herbs for providing essential vitamins and minerals.
Herbs to Aid and Support Digestion
Surprisingly, many people have a collection of medicinal herbs mysteriously hidden in their kitchen cabinets. Note: Although the following herbs are all considered carminatives (herbs used for acid indigestion), they each have a plethora of uses, hence, the beauty of Chinese herbs.
Anise – used as a tea with 1 cup of boiling water to 3 tsp. of crushed seeds, steeped 20 minutes for flatulence and colic
Basil – used as a tea with 1 oz. basil leaves to a pint of water steeped for 20 minutes for cramps, nausea and constipation
Bay – 1 or 2 leaves can be added to soup or beans, not only to enhance the flavor but to help prevent gas and indigestion
Caraway – 1 oz. of the crushed seed in boiling water steeped for 20 minutes, 2 Tbsp. of tea is taken frequently until relief is obtained
Cardamom – used as a tea with 1 oz. grated ginger, 7 peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, and 15 cardamom seeds to 1 pint of boiling water, simmer for 10 minutes, add ½ c. milk and simmer for another 10 minutes for gas and indigestion
Cayenne – used as a tonic, ¼ tsp. three times daily for diarrhea and cramps
Cinnamon – used in warm milk, simmered with a touch of honey for cramps and chronic diarrhea
Cloves – buds used in food to help prevent gas and indigestion
Coriander – seeds are added to spicy foods to expose a balanced coolness; crushed seeds used in laxative formulas to help prevent griping
Cumin – one of the best spices to prevent and relieve gas; fried foods and beans are best cooked with the seeds to assist in the prevention of gas
Fennel – used as a tea with 1 tsp. crushed seeds in 1 cup boiling water, steeped 20 minutes; especially useful for colic, cramps and gas
Garlic – fresh juice most effective for a multitude of ailments including acid indigestion
Ginger – used as a tea with 1 oz fresh ginger simmering 10 minutes in a pint of water for indigestion, cramps and nausea
Marjoram – used and a tea with ½ oz. marjoram, steeped in a pint of boiling water for upset stomach
Thyme – used as a tea with 1 oz. thyme steeped in 1 pint boiling water, then strained and sweetened with honey for diarrhea, chronic gastritis and lack of appetite
By Amy Castelluzzo