Peppermint Tea contains substances that can ease spasm in the gut walls. Mint or peppermint tea made from fresh mint leaves is said to help improve your digestion after a large meal. It can also help to control nausea.
Cardamom helps protect against digestive problems such as indigestion, flatulence, stomach cramps and can prevent acid regurgitation and belching. Cardamom has a delicate spicy flavour and can be added to a variety of sweet or savoury dishes such as curries, rice puddings and biscuits. But the simplest way to use it to improve your digestion is to drink an infusion of the seeds after meals.
Fennel can help to improve digestion and relieve stomach cramps. Fennel tea relieves nausea, flatulence and bloating. However, fennel seeds are also believed to encourage menstruation and should therefore be avoided by pregnant women.
Manuka Honey is made from the flower of Manuka or New Zealand tea tree and possesses strong antibacterial qualities. A dessert spoon of cold pressed Manuka honey after each meal and another at bedtime can help heal stomach ulcers and kill bacteria.
Ginger is a popular as a treatment for digestive problems ranging from mild indigestion and flatulence to nausea and vomiting. Some people find that sucking a piece of crystallized ginger or drinking ginger ale or ginger tea does the trick. To make ginger tea, simply grate 1 cm piece of fresh root ginger into a mug of boiling water and leave to stand for 10 minutes before drinking.
How to prevent Indigestion
•Eat several small meals a day but don’t miss any.
•Take your time over eating and chew your food well.
•Avoid fried and fatty foods and any other foods which you know cause you problems.
•Control stress and avoid tense situations.