10 Home Remedies for Indigestion
Simple Causes of Indigestion, 10 Easy Steps to Digestive Wellness
Please advise re gas/bloating when eating raw & cooked veggies.
I do eat clean, fresh foods. Lot’s of vegetables (juicing, raw, cooked) and fruits. Also meat, fish, dairy, nuts, complex carbohydrates.
Every time I eat I have a big belly and later on bloating.
My friend experiences the same as we have the same food habits. We drink 2-3 liters of water daily.
We have eaten this way for 2-5 years. How can we get rid of the gas and keep eating well – Lucie M.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
I’m far from being an expert on the causes of indigestion, but I’ve been veg for a long time, and had the same symptoms of indigestion when I first started to go vegetarian.
Here’s my inexpert take on your digestive wellness challenges:
Your body is just trying to take out the garbage.
Foods like meat and dairy are more difficult to digest because they are high in fat and low in fiber, so they generate waste and leave it behind in your colon.
The same thing happens if you eat a lot of processed foods, refined grains, and flours – hard to digest ingredients, with little or no fiber.
Raw foods esp. fruits and vegetables and legumes, have a lot of fiber, which acts like a broom to clean out your intestines. If you have a lot of waste to clean out, that will generate gas as it is swept out.
10 Home Remedies for Veg|Vegan Indigestion:
1. To balance your digestion better, eat less of processed foods, refined grains and flours – and more fresh high fiber foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts & seeds, and legumes (beans & lentils). In other words, follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
2. Also take in pre and pro-biotics in the form of cultured foods such as yogurt, kefir, cultured coconut milk etc, or as tablets, to help your digestion.
3. Eat smaller meals with light snacks (such as fruit & nuts) in between if you get hungry.
4. Don’t eat late at night – give your stomach at least a 12 hour fast every day to give it a chance to clean house.
5. Drinking a big cup of warm water first thing in the morning after getting up will help jump start your digestive system.
6. Do regular yoga or other exercises, and walk or work out more to release gas and improve digestion.
7. Cleanse your intestines once a week or month with a light eating or liquid diet day.
8. Massage the belly with warm oil in a slow clock wise circular motion for 5 minutes, followed by a warm bath or shower to help relieve gas.
9. Take herbs for digestion, such as MAPI Digest-Tone.
10. Digestive wellness doesn’t happen overnight. Give it time. And meanwhile, see a medical professional, to make sure that there’s no deeper cause for your symptoms, such as food allergies & intolerance or physical conditions.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian