Every human being suffers from indigestion occasionally at some point. It is the feeling of discomfort or sensation developed in the upper abdomen which is the result due to over eating. Over eating makes it difficult for the digestive system to break down the food particles in the appropriate time.

Symptoms of indigestion include heartburn, vomiting, bloating, gas, burping, and stomach cramps. These symptoms vary from one person to another, and in some cases, the situation worsens who is suffering from excessive stress. Ginger root can help with indigestion.

Is Ginger Root Good For Indigestion?

Is Ginger Root Good For Indigestion?

When consumed in the required quantity, ginger root is helpful in curing indigestion. In order to proceed by adding it to the diet, it is necessary to understand the cause of indigestion. The digestive system has deep link with the mind. Hence, any stress related issue reflects immediately on the digestive system. It is also crucial to keep a check on your emotional status.

Making dietary changes is a significant turnaround for improving the digestive system. You can add the ginger root to your diet to ease the process of digestion, and also acquire relief from the inflammation. Ginger possesses antioxidants that help in calming the digestive tract along with esophagus tube. You can consume it by adding it to food recipes or by making a ginger tea. Furthermore, you can also eat it as a capsule, which is available in different milligrams.

Causes Behind Indigestion

The reasons behind the occurrence of indigestion are many. For instance, a person eating too much or consuming at a faster pace experiences indigestion. In both the cases, there is an excessive stress on the digestive system making it difficult for it to digest the consumed food. Ginger root can sometimes help with indigestion.

Other causes include consumption of fried foods, high-fat foods, alcohol consumption, caffeine content beverages, and carbonated beverages. Eating foods that are difficult to break down or consuming intolerant foods such as dairy products also causes indigestion.

Irrespective of the occurrence, if a person is under heavy stress, he or she experiences the signs or symptoms of indigestion at the highest level. Indigestion also occurs when a person is intolerant to a particular group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin. In other cases, the occurrence could be due to an underlying reason of an ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease. On rare occasions, indigestion could be a sign of a serious problem.

It is preferable to seek medical attention at the earliest if the signs/symptoms become severe and continue to trouble for more than two weeks.

In many cases, indigestion may not be the reason due to the above causes. It can be caused by the movement of the food through the digestive tract and due to the symptoms of stress.

Treating Indigestion

The occasional occurrence of indigestion fades away without treatment or by simple remedies such as use of ginger root. However, avoiding foods that trigger the factors or symptoms is a good habit to keep indigestion at bay. It is also necessary to eat at a slow pace and stop overeating. Other tips other than using ginger root include:

  • Chewing the food with closed mouth
  • Eat without talking
  • Consume the food at a slow pace
  • Drink water before the meals and at least 30 minutes after consuming the food rather than during the meal
  • Avoid late-night dinner
  • Relax after consumption of the dinner
  • Stay away from spicy foods if you feel that they are contributing to indigestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Maintain a diary where you can input the details of food that trigger indigestion.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: November 1, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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