How to Prevent Indigestion
Indigestion is mainly caused by faulty eating habits and faulty practices after consumption of food. Establishing a routine eating pattern and balanced diet will help in avoiding indigestion. Not including foods that aid the process of digestion and metabolism can also cause problems.
Eat food rich in dietary fiber. It helps in the process of digestion. Improve the roughage content by including raw vegetables in the diet like say slices of tomatoes, cucumber, onions, grated carrots etc. Increasing the roughage content improves digestion.
Similarly include more of green leafy vegetables, cereals, pulses in your meals for better digestion. Include ginger and garlic in your curry or meals as these are good agents for digestion. Drinking garlic water or adding crushed ginger to tea helps in digestion. You can also take a glass of buttermilk after meals as it is a cooling agent and aids the process of digestion.
Avoid eating spicy food or food containing refined wheat flour or yeast based foods like white bread, burgers, pizza etc as it slows down digestion process. Some of us may face indigestion problem also by eating non-vegetarian food or drinking carbonated drinks or alcohol.
Eating fruits is also a good way to boost digestion as it contains dietary fiber. Fruits like oranges, pineapple, banana, papaya help in preventing indigestion. Drinking plenty of water is also beneficial as it helps in breaking down complex foods and aids the process of digestion.
Some practices that may lead to indigestion are overeating, especially during marriage parties or eating a large meal at night. Eat small quantities of food throughout the day rather than a wholesome large meal at one go. A heavy dinner should be generally avoided.
Eat food slowly; don’t be in a haste while eating. Chew food adequately rather than gulping it or downing it with water.
Do not indulge in strenuous work out or physical activities after eating meals; this interferes with the process of digestion. A light stroll may be helpful. Similarly, do not lie down, lie on your stomach or go to sleep immediately after eating food.
Do not wear tight fitting clothes or those that are tight around the stomach. This may make you feel uncomfortable and also lead to stomach upset.