As we grow older, indigestion often seems to get worse. Gastric disorders or malabsorption are common in the elderly. Is it any wonder that stomach-settling remedies have been in demand for thousands of years? Here are some simple ways to prevent indigestion before it starts or how to treat it with natural solutions.
LOOK TO YOUR LIFESTYLE. Herbalist R. Gladstar blames poor eating habits, low-quality food, stress, a lack of digestive enzymes, and insufficient intestinal flora for most of our digestive problems. Drink with a meal can impair digestion by diluting hydrochloric acid and other digestive enzymes.
TRY SIMPLE REMEDIES. Chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, licorice root, and caraway have all been used for centuries as digestive aids. When combined, they work well together to relieve indigestion. Drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea 30 minutes before and after meals. Other herbs for tummy include spearmint, sweet basil, sweet marjoram, and rooibos.
Consider digestive bitters, like Swedish Bitters, before meals. Look for digestive aids that contain dandelion root, gentian, fennel, artichoke leaf, or other bitter herbs.
Season your foods with ginger and cayenne, both of which are well known for their digestive benefits. To help prevent or reduce gas and bloating, chew a pinch of carminative (gas-relieving) seeds -anise, cardamon, cumin, dill, and fennel-at and between meals.