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Indigestion: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

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indigestion

Indigestion is a functional disease in which the gastrointestinal organs, especially stomach and small intestine fail to function normally. Symptoms of indigestion may fluctuate in their frequency and intensity.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Feeling full, even though you haven't eaten your entire meal, is an early symptom of indigestion.
  • Abdominal bloating is often caused by indigestion.
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and belching are also signs of indigestion.
  • You may also feel an uncomfortable heat or burning sensation in the upper abdomen (between your navel and the bottom of your breast bone).
  • You may also experience an acidic taste in your mouth.
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Causes

 

  • Eating too quickly or over consumption of food may cause indigestion.
  • Poor diet, eating fatty, spicy, or greasy foods also causes indigestion.
  • Smoking, alcohol consumption, carbohydrated beverages also contribute to indigestion.
  • Certain medications, pain killers, antibiotics, and iron supplements also result in indigestion.
  • Several digestive conditions such as gastritis, gallstones, peptic ulcers, stomach constipation lead to indigestion.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Indigestion

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Though apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, it also has an alkalizing effect, which helps to resolve indigestion.
  • Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of water. Drink this two to three times daily.
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Fennel Seeds

 

  • Fennel seeds are very helpful if indigestion is caused by eating spicy and fatty foods.
  • Regularly consume half a teaspoon of fennel seed powder(dry roasted and grinded) along with water.
  • Another option is, you can add 2 teaspoons of fennel seed powder to a cup of boiling water and drink it as a morning tea.
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Ginger

ginger

  • Ginger helps to digest your food by stimulating flow of enzymes and digestive juices. Ginger is helpful especially if the indigestion is caused by overeating.
  • Consume the mixture of 2 teaspoons of ginger juice, a pinch of salt, black salt, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. You can also add this mixture to water and drink it.
  • Add ginger to your daily diet whenever possible.

Baking Soda

 

  • Baking soda is an effective remedy for indigestion as it acts as an antacid.
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a cup of water. Stir and drink it.

 

Cumin Seeds

cumin seeds

  • Cumin seeds stimulate secretion of pancreatic enzymes that help digestion.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon each of black pepper and cumin seeds to a glass of buttermilk. Drink it 2-3 times daily until you get relief.
posted Apr 12 by Shahid R

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irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder. IBS affects the large intestine which in turn causes discomfort. Sometimes, IBS needs long term treatment.

 

Symptoms

 

  • A person having IBS may get sudden urge to have bowel movements.
  • Discomfort and abdominal pain are also signs of  irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Frequent stools and loose stools are often caused by  IBS.
  • You may also feel that you're not able to completely empty bowel.
  • You may notice changes in the way your stool looks.
  • Mucus in stools is also common when you have IBS.
  • Gas or bloated feeling are also common symptoms of IBS.
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Causes

 

  • Problems with brain-gut signals may cause irritable bowel syndrome. Brain gut signal is signals between your brain, and the nerves of your gut, or large/small intestines.
  • Bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract also cause IBS.
  • Some amount of bacteria always live in our small intestine. However, if they over grow and increase in number, they will produce excess gas and this may lead to IBS.
  • Poor diet, eating fatty, spicy, and carbohydrate rich foods also causes IBS.
  • Hormonal changes, stress, and psychological issues may also lead to IBS.
  • Some medications, such as antibiotics may contribute to IBS.
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Home Remedies To Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

 

Yogurt

Yogurt

  • Yogurt is an excellent remedy for IBS as it contains friendly bacteria known as live cultures. They provide a protection layer to the intestine and aid generate lactic acid to flush the toxins out from the body.
  • Eat yogurt several times a day until you notice improvement.
  • Alternatively, you can add half a teaspoon of psyllium (available at drug stores) to a cup of yogurt and consume it one hour after your meals.
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Ginger

 

  • Ginger relieves your stomach from bloating and gas. It also helps reduce inflammation in the intestines.
  • Add half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to a cup of water. Boil it for 10 minutes, strain and add honey. Drink it 2-3 times a day.
  • You can also eat small pieces of ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey before having your heavy meal.
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Fennel Seeds

 

  • Fennel seed is another remedy for reducing intestinal spasms and bloating that are associated with IBS.
  • Add one-half spoon of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water. Steep it for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink it 2-3 times a day.

 

Bananas

bananas

  • Bananas are rich in potassium and they help relieve gas and bloating. Bananas also help treat diarrhea.
  • Eat 1-2 ripe bananas daily.

 

 

 

 

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stomach ache

Nearly everyone has had a stomach ache at one point or the other. Stomach pain can be  intermittent or persistent, it can come and go or show up only after consuming food. Stomach ache can be dull, crampy, or sharp.

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Abdominal pain is the main symptom of stomach ache.

    •    You may experience diarrhea, constipation, and notice blood in stool.

    •    Cough, dizziness, hip pain, bloating, and headaches are also signs of stomach pain.

    •    Pelvic pain, urinary problems, visionary problems are also indications of stomach ache.

    •    There are number of other symptoms associated with stomach ache, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, unexplained loss of weight, etc.

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Causes

 

    •    Indigestion and stomach virus are the two most common causes of stomach ache.

    •    Menstruation may cause stomach pain for some women.

    •    Food poisoning or food allergies also lead to stomach ache.

    •    Medical conditions such as ulcers, hernia, pelvic inflammatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, endometriosis, etc., cause stomach ache.

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Home Remedies To Cure Stomach Ache

 

Ginger

ginger

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger promote digestion and help reduce stomach ache. In addition, ginger decreases the production of free radicals and thus helps neutralize stomach acids.
  • Cut a ginger root into slices and add it to a cup of water. Boil it for 3-4 minutes and then simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain it and add little honey. Drink this 3-4 times daily to improve digestion and ease stomach ache.
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Fennel

 

  • Fennel seeds are a great remedy for stomach ache caused due to indigestion. Fennel seeds have anti-microbial, pain reducing, diuretic, and carminative properties.
  • Mix one teaspoon of fennel seed powder to a cup of water and boil it for 7-8 minutes. Allow it to cool and strain it. Add little honey and drink it. 
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Asefetida

 

  • Asefetida, also known as hing, is helpful for treating stomach ache due to its antispasmodic and antiflatulent properties.
  • Add a pinch of asefetida to a glass of water and drink it. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
  • Alternatively, add a pinch of asefetida and salt to a glass of buttermilk and drink it 1-2 times a day.

 

Lemon and Baking soda

lemon and baking soda

  • Baking soda and  lemon are very helpful if you've stomach ache due to infection. Baking soda relieves bloating and lemon removes free radicals from the body.
  • Squeeze a fresh lemon and add its juice, one teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4th teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Drink this solution quickly. Repeat 3-4 times a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is combination of physical, psychological, or emotional disturbances that occur during certain days of the menstrual cycle, usually, a few days before the menses. It affects up to 85% of the menstruating women and the severity of PMS symptoms varies from woman to woman.

 

Symptoms

 

  • You may experience abdominal pain or bloating.
  • Sore or tender breasts is also a sign of PMS.
  • You may have food cravings.
  • Constipation, diarrhea are also some of the symptoms of PMS.
  • You may notice acne on your face.
  • Fatigue, headaches are also indications of PMS.
  • You may experience emotional/behavioural symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sadness, mood-swings, crying spells, etc.

 

Causes

 

  • Hormone changes; levels of progesterone and oestrogen rise and fall during menstrual cycle. Hormone changes contribute a lot to symptoms of PMS.
  • Chemical changes in the brain: Hormone changes affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin. Fluctuations or reduction in serotonin levels cause mood changes, depression, and sadness.
  • Poor diet; eating too much or too less contribute to PMS symptoms.
  • External factors such as stress, depression, weight gain, lack of exercise, all make your PMS symptoms worse.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Premenstrual Syndrome

 

Ginger

 

  • Ginger is an excellent home remedy for PMS. It helps reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Add one teaspoon of chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes, strain and drink 3-4 cups daily at least for a week before your menses. 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for reducing some of the PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, fatigue, headaches, etc.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and little organic honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day.

 

Flax-seeds

flaxseed

  • The omega-3 fatty acids of flax-seeds is very helpful for reducing PMS symptoms such as sore breasts, depression, anxiety, headaches, and more.
  • Eat 1 tablespoon of powdered flax-seeds daily.
  • You can also include flax-seeds in your daily diet.
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Chasteberry

chasteberry

  • Chasteberry or vitex, help to regulate prolactin, a hormone that is believed to be contributed factor in PMS symptoms.
  • Consume about 400 mg of standard extract of vitex daily.
  • Alternatively, take 100 mg of vitex extract twice daily.
  • Another option is, take 40 drops of vitex tincture daily.

 

Calcium/Magnesium rich foods

 

  • Calcium helps balancing hormones and relieves PMS symptoms. Magnesium reduces symptoms like sore breasts, bloating, etc.
  • Regularly consume calcium/magnesium rich foods such as beans, nuts, bananas, green leafy vegetables.

 

 

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migraines

Migraines are characterized by more intense and severe headache often accompanied by several symptoms in addition to headache. The duration of a migraine attack can often fluctuate, usually migraine attacks will last at least 4-5 hours. It is better to consult a physician if you experience migraine symptoms for more than three days.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Moderate to severe headache. It can affect the whole head or can shift from one side to the other.
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or odors.
  • Aura or blurred vision are also often caused by migraine.
  • You may also experience nausea, dizziness, or fatigue.
  • You may notice paleness.
  • Fever, loss of appetite, or vomiting are also common when you have migraine.

 

Causes

 

  • In women, migraines are usually caused by hormonal changes. Fluctuations in estrogen trigger headache.
  • Poor diet; consumption of salty foods, aged cheeses, processed foods may contribute to migraines.
  • Alcohol consumption or caffeinated beverages also trigger migraines.
  • Stress, change in sleep-wake pattern also prompt migraine.
  • High-pitch noise, bright lights, beaming sun glare can also induce migraine.
  • Intense physical excretion also leads to migraines.
  • Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, vasodilators can provoke migraines.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Migraine 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Having rich nutritional properties, apple cider vinegar helps relieve migraine.
  • Add one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture daily to prevent migraine as well as to treat migraine.
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Ginger

ginger

  • Ginger is an effective remedy for migraines. Ginger successfully blocks prostaglandins, which are lipid compounds that stimulate muscle contractions, affect hormones, control blood vessel inflammation in the brain.
  • Chew some pieces of ginger regularly.
  • Alternatively, add few slices of ginger to one and half a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 10 minutes and strain the water, add little honey and lemon. Drink this few times a day.
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Ice Pack

 

  • Ice pack is the most simplest and easiest home remedy for getting rid of migraine. It has a numbing effect that reduces pain.
  • Just wrap few ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on forehead and back of the neck for 10-15 minutes. Repeat at regular intervals.

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

  • Cayenne pepper is an effective cure for migraine as it stimulates blood circulation. Also, it contains a painkiller compound called capsaicin.
  • Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a cup of warm water. Add little lemon and honey to enhance taste. Drink it as and when you need.

 

 

 

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fever

Fever is the elevation of body temperature. Body temperature is considered elevated if the temperature goes above the normal oral measurement of 98.6˚F or the normal rectal measurement of 99˚F. However, fever is not considered medically significant until the temperature reaches 100.4˚F. If the body temperature is below 100. 4˚F, then it is considered as low-grade fever. Fever is contagious only if it is caused by viral or bacterial infection.

 

Symptoms

 

  • The main symptom of fever is shivering and feeling cold when nobody else does.
  • Headache and aching muscles/joints may also be signs of fever.
  • Dehydration is another indication that your immune system is getting weaker.
  • Weakness and dizziness are often caused by fever.
  • Loss of appetite is very common when you are suffering from fever.
  • You may also notice excessive sweating when you have elevated temperature.
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Causes

 

  • Viruses and bacteria are the most common reasons for fever.
  • Typical infections that cause fever include those of throat, ear, lung, bladder, and more.
  • Some medications also make you feel feverish.
  • Fever can also be caused by excessive exposure of the skin to sunlight.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Fatigue

 

Water

drink water

  • Soak a clean cloth in cold water, squeeze out the excess water and then sponge your hands, groin, feet, and armpit. This will help you reduce your body temperature.
  • You can also place a damp cloth on your forehead. Change the cloth pieces regularly after few minutes. This method is beneficial to bring down your temperature if you've high fever.

 

Basil

basil

  • Basil acts as an antibiotic and it will help reduce fever quickly.
  • Add 20 basil leaves and a teaspoon of crushed ginger to a cup of water, boil them until the solution gets reduced to half. Then add little honey to this solution and drink it 2-3 times daily for three days.
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Ginger

 

  • Ginger is a natural antiviral and antibacterial agent. It helps to expel the heat and reduce the body temperature.
  • Drink ginger tea by adding a half teaspoon of crushed ginger to a cup of boiling water.
  • You can also mix  one teaspoon of ginger juice with one teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. Consume this 3-4 times a day.

 

Turmeric

turmeric

  • Turmeric has antiviral, antifungal, anti bacterial, and antioxindant properties. This helps your body to fight any infection.
  • Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and one-fourth teaspoon of pepper powder to a cup of hot milk. Drink this mixture twice a day.
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