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Indigestion (Dyspepsia)


About
A disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea.


Notes
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  • A cup of water with lemon juice (fresh) is for healing and cleaning the blood.
  • Antacids are not good for heartburn or ingestion and is not effective for gas. Antacids can be make symptoms worse on heartburn and indigestion.
  • As you get older the hydrochloric acid and pancreatin is less sufficient in the body.
  • Exercise helps the digestive process.
  • To support the growth of good intestinal bacteria use Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • You need to combine the right foods. Starches and protein is not a good combination along with raw vegetables and fruit.


Advice
  • Acidophilus will provide friendly bacteria your body needs.
  • Always be sure to chew your food.
  • Charcoal tablets taken with water will help relieve gas by trapping it.
  • Diet should include lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Discover the foods that cause trouble for you and avoid them.
  • Foods to stay away from are fried and fatty foods, beans, bakery products, carbonated beverages, pasta, red meats, salty, spicy foods, along with caffeine, carbonated beverages, juice (citrus), tomatoes, junk food, and dairy products.
  • Heartburn that is consistent see a doctor.
  • If you have a burning feeling after a stool that has a foul smell your need to fast.
  • Never eat when you are tired or upset.
  • Omit to drinking while eating.
  • Pancreatin is good if you have had surgery on the abdomen and if you are hypoglycemic.
  • Pine apple and papaya should be included in your daily diet.
  • Soybeans, lentils, and peanuts need to be rationed with your diet.
  • Take a self acid test if you need more hydrochloric acid at each meal drink apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
  • Take pancreatin for upper gastrointestinal gas and trace minerals for lower.
  • Use brown rice and barley broth for bloating, gas, heartburn drink this throughout the day.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Aloe vera
Importance: High
Comments: Eases heartburn.


Glucomannan
Importance: High
Comments: Cleanses the colon. Helps with proper formation of stools.


Proteolytic enzymes or Pancreatin
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances protein digestion and absorption. Fights bloating and gas. Caution: For adult use only.


Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healthy digestion. Nondairy formula such as Neo-Flora from New Chapter is recommended.


Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestive process. Kills bad bacteria in the bowels.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in healthy digestion.


Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Improves hydrochloric acid production.


Vitamin B12
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in healthy digestion. Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa
Type: Internal
Purposes: Is rich in Vitamin K and minerals. Comes in liquid form or capsules.

Aloe vera
Type: Internal
Purposes: Aloe Vera is very soothing and beneficial in treating heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems.
Dosage: 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach twice daily, in morning and at night.

Anise seeds
Type: Internal
Purposes: These seeds are useful in eliminating a sour stomach. These seeds can be ground and sprinkled on food or you can chew them.

Catnip, Chamomile, Fennel, Fenugreek, Goldenseal, Papaya, and Peppermint
Type: Internal
Purposes: These seven herbs all contain properties that help to relieve indigestion.
Cautions: Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma. If allergic to ragweed, use Goldenseal with caution. Do not use Chamomile for extended periods of time and if allergic to ragweed, do not use at all.

Ginger
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps to alleviate nausea

Parsley
Type: Internal
Purposes: The sprigs from the fresh parsley or 1/4 tsp of dried parsley can be taken with a glass of warm water to alleviating indigestion.

Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has anti-inflammatory properties which is beneficial for the colon. Best to use as an enema for quick results.