Top 6 Natural Remedies for Indigestion and Nausea

Whether you’re travelling by car or hitting the high seas this summer, you’ll want to carry some of the best remedies for an upset stomach. Most people already know about peppermint, but mint is not the only great natural remedy for indigestion and nausea. Here are several of my other favorites:

Basil

Youíre probably more likely to think of basil as an accompaniment to tomato dishes, but thatís not all this delicious herb is good for. It can be helpful if you have an upset stomach, cramping or gas. Basil contains linoleic acid that is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce gut inflammation. To reap the benefits, add more dried or fresh basil to your meals. If using fresh basil, add it to your meal after youíve removed it from the heat to help retain maximum flavor and potency. For a quick remedy: add a half-teaspoon of dried basil or a few leaves of fresh basil to a cup of boiled water. Let steep for at least 10 minutes and then drink.

Cinnamon

While cinnamon is primarily known for its delightful taste and anti-infectious properties, it is also a great natural remedy for gastric inflammation and the resulting indigestion and nausea that are associated with it. Cinnamon contains a compound known as cinnamaldehyde that kills the harmful bacteria H. pylori that is linked to ulcers and inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. You can sprinkle dried, ground cinnamon on lattes or chai lattes, but you can also add it to baked fruit dishes, Moroccan-inspired meat or vegetable dishes, soups and stews.

Enzymes

Our bodies naturally produce enzymes to digest food but the supply may not meet the demand when we eat heavy or rich meals on a regular basis. Also, our enzyme supply tends to become depleted as we age so itís a good idea to supplement with a full-spectrum digestive enzyme. Our symptoms of indigestion may be a sign that our body is struggling to digest the meal we ate so an enzyme supplement may give it the help it needs.

Ideally, it should contain a wide range of enzymes since each one serves a unique purpose: lipase aids fat digestion, protease aids protein digestion, amylase assists with carbohydrate digestion, lactase assists with digestion of dairy sugars, cellulase and hemicellulase assist with breaking down plant fiber. Follow package directions.

Fennel

The vegetable and its seeds are highly therapeutic for nausea, flatulence and indigestion. And, itís even beneficial if your nausea is linked to abdominal cramps from PMS. You can brew a tea from fennel seeds or take a single drop of fennel essential oil on your tongue to help ease indigestion. Of course, make sure the essential oil you select is a high quality product that indicates its suitability for ingestion on the label because there are many inferior products on the market, including some that contain harmful solvents. Always conduct a skin patch test before using to ensure youíre not sensitive to it.

Ginger

Most people have heard about gingerís seeming magical ability to ease nausea and indigestion. While they may reach for ginger ale, it is far superior to choose ginger tea to ensure adequate amounts of the active ingredients known as gingerols. These compounds have been found in many studies to ease nausea, vomiting, indigestion and other uncomfortable digestion-related symptoms.

Ideally, clean a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger and cut into thin slices. In a medium-sized pot, add the ginger to a quart of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes. Strain and drink. If you canít wait that long, itís fine to ladle a cup of the ginger tea after at least 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can purchase ginger tea bags. Brew as directed.

Probiotics

Probiotics can reduce inflammation in the gut and help address any bacterial or yeast overgrowth that could be causing indigestion, nausea or cramping. Ideally, take a supplement that contains a wide range of probiotic strains. Ideally, it would contain: L. acidophilus, L. brevis, L. bulgaricus, L. plantarum, L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. lactis†and B. longum. L. stands for Lactobacillus and B. stands for Bifidobacteria.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-newsletter Worldís Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, co-founder of BestPlaceinCanada, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include the vegan cookbook: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

 

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