Eating at a fast pace and choosing the wrong food products can be the cause of poor digestion .
What are the signs of indigestion?
- Bloating and gas - a sign that we eat too quickly and/or take a lot of carbonated drinks.
- Abdominal pain - usually occurs due to intake of stimulants such as coffee, tea and others.
- Acids in the stomach - the result of excessive secretion of gastric juice. People who are under stress or who take anti-inflammatory drugs are more commonly affected. When eating at a fast pace or consuming alcohol, spicy or fatty foods, heartburn worsens.
- Reflux - stomach juices back up into the esophagus. This is a problem that gets worse when you go to bed immediately after eating or eating an excessive amount of food.
- Bitter regurgitation - rise of gastric juices with a bitter taste into the esophagus, sometimes bile may also be present with them.
Herbs for better digestion
Mint and thyme are very effective . It is recommended to take them as a warm infusion, otherwise they distend the stomach.
For slow digestion and a tendency to gas, angelica, clove or anise tea is recommended before or after meals.
Cinnamon is recommended to reduce stomach pains and spasms .
Probiotics help balance the intestinal flora, preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria responsible for bad breath, intestinal infections, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Some of the beneficial species are: Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus and bifidobacteria.
They are found in foods such as yogurt and can also be taken in powder, tablet or capsule form.
Ginseng to balance stomach juices
The bitter components of the rhizome of gentian stimulate the secretion of gastric juices and help to increase the production of bile, whose role is essential in the processing of food.
For this reason, gentian is particularly suitable for combating the slow and complicated digestion that occurs after overeating.
Juniper is not recommended for gastritis and ulcer disease .
Lemon balm to soothe spasms
Lemon balm has digestive, sedative, antispasmodic and antibacterial properties.
Lemon balm leaves help relieve stomach aches.
It is recommended to avoid in thyroid diseases, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Dill for gas
This plant is a good tonic for digestion - it increases gastrointestinal secretions, reduces the formation of gases , has a calming effect and stimulates natural bowel movements.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Artichoke for slow digestion
Artichoke increases the secretion of bile, facilitating the breakdown of fats.
This is why it is essential to treat slow digestion , which causes heaviness, bloating and gas.
It should not be taken with gallstones, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Chamomile for fighting weight
Chamomile helps prevent the accumulation of gas in the stomach and relieves the heaviness in the abdomen.
It is also effective in dealing with anxiety and insomnia.
Ginger against reflux
It also neutralizes excess stomach acids , as well as helps in the treatment of digestive disorders caused by insufficient production of stomach acids.
Not suitable for gastritis or active gastroduodenal ulcer.