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Cure Indigestion

Posted by on Monday, November 9, 2009, 12:11
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You can’t turn on the television or radio without seeing a commercial for yet another new over the counter drug that is designed to  cure indigestion. If you were to believe these commercials, it would appear as though everyone suffers from indigestion, and that the only way to treat this problem was with a battery of drugs.

Nothing could be further from the truth! When it comes to digestion, I believe that indigestion natural remedies are better, gentler, and every bit as effective as the arsenal of heavily advertised drugs, so is better to  cure indigestion with natural remedies.

Digestion is the process by which food is broken down to a form that may be readily absorbed from the stomach by the cells of the body. Digestion actually begins in the mouth when food is chewed, and when enzymes in saliva begin to break down food into smaller components.

The masticated foods passes through the esophagus to the stomach, where it is liquefied by a mixture of hydrochloric acid and pepsin, which is secreted by the stomach wall.

Gastric acid secretion is a vital step in digestion and assimilation, particularly of proteins and minerals. Too much or too little can have negative effects on the digestion of food and consequently on your health.

As we age, our bodies produce less hydrochloric acid, which is essential for the digestion of food. As a result, people over fifty often develop chronic indigestion, which is characterized by gas and bloating after eating. To make matters worse, people with this problem often turn to over the counter antacids which, of course, will not help and can even hurt because reduction in the amount of acid is what is causing the problem in the first place!

If you have chronic indigestion, see your doctor to determine the cause. Symptoms of indigestion, including gas and bloating could be a sign of another problem, such as gall bladder disease or even a ulcer. If you and your physician have determined that your digestive discomfort is not due to other medical problems, you may want to try some indigestion natural remedies. I guarantee that they will make you feel better!

–  Bromelain Have a piece of fresh pineapple for dessert! Pineapple contains bromelain, which is a protein digesting enzyme group that promotes good digestion and assists the absorption of nutrients from foods and supplements. Some people with too much stomach acid may found fresh pineapple to be irritating. For these people, I recommend bromelain in chewable tablets. Bromelain  is one of the best indigestion natural remedies to cure  indigestion.

–  Betaine hydrochloric acid This is a supplement made form beets. For people who produce too little HCL, it can help to get the digestive juices flowing.

–  Herbals teas These infusions are excellent for digestion problems. Anise, fennel, catnip, chamomile, and peppermint teas are particularly soothing for an agitated stomach.

–  Cinnamon, ginger, and clove These spices are not only delicious additions to cookies and pudding, they also help break down fats in your digestive system, probably by boosting digestive enzyme activity.

–  Add some herbs to your salad! Dill, oregano, and fennel not only help relax digestive tract muscles, they are also anti foaming agents that help prevent the formation of intestinal gas and inhibit the growth of several bacteria that attack the intestinal tract.

–  Papaya This fruit has been used by Caribbean Indians for centuries for many medical remedies and as digestive aid. They were onto something! The most important digestive enzyme in papaya is pa papain, which is similar to the human digestive enzyme pepsin. It also contains other enzymes which break down milk proteins and help digest starches. Today papaya extract is the active ingredient in most commercial meat tenderizers.

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