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5 Handy Tips for Trouble-free Tummy- Go the Natural way

Celebrations are on rise because it’s Christmas time. Also, the wedding bells are ringing for many, further enhancing glow of the city.  The atmosphere is filled with the aroma of lavish limitless food, sweets and as we all know, most of the celebrations have alcohol as main visitor in their guest list. In addition, celebration related expenses not only fall heavy on your pockets but stomach, as well.

Some people always think twice before taking a second serving or overeating, no matter how tempting the food might seem to them. Why so? What is that refrains them from relishing their food willingly? It’s quite embarrassing to burp continuously when in a meeting or with friends and family. After consuming loads of burgers, fries, soft drinks, you might experience tummy discomfort, heart burn associated with pain, regurgitation and burping or flatulence. Many of us experience this unwanted feeling or, are yet to encounter it, generally categorized as “Indigestion”. The term itself is hard to digest and so does the body.

What causes indigestion?

Overeating, bad eating habits like chewing food incompletely, irregular and unhealthy eating habits and eating in haste can create chaos in your digestive system by causing insufficient production of digestive enzymes. Besides this, overburdening the stomach can induce abnormal acid production that hampers the normal digestive functioning of the stomach and even damages the protective mucosal lining of the stomach.

Incapability of the stomach to perform its duty results in bloating, regurgitation, heartburn and stomach discomfort. Over a course of time, it also affects intestinal motility resulting in constipation. Other major causes of indigestion are compromised gastrointestinal tract due to disease and surgery, usage of drugs, anxiety, depression, sleep deficit, bacteria called as Helicobacter pylori induced inflammation and erosion of stomach lining.

Ways to manage indigestion

Easy way to manage indigestion is to gulp an antacid or any anti-acidity medications.  But, the cause still lies unanswered and the probabilities of repeated occurrence of indigestion associated symptoms remain very high. Hence, it is advisable to treat indigestion naturally as it delivers countless benefits to counteract all the causative factors for indigestion.

Here are 5 handy tips to resolve symptoms and assist the stomach to relieve trouble rather than double it.

  1. Resort to home remedies:

Remedy 1: Ginger owes its digestive action to its volatile oils and phenols-gingerol and shogaol. They are responsible for stimulating digestive enzymes, reduce intestinal gas and pain. Ginger juice with honey really helps well to relieve symptoms like bloating, fullness and abdominal pain.

Remedy 2: Peppermint is a cooling and relaxing herb. In fact, its anesthetic properties come from the plant’s ability to excite cold receptors in intestinal mucous membranes. Peppermint is medicinally useful for reducing disorders of the gastrointestinal tract as spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, and spastic diarrhea. Peppermint taken after a rich meal reduces gas and indigestion.

  1. Tweak your diet and lifestyle:

Anything in excess is always harmful for the body. Control and monitor your food intake to get rid indigestion. Avoid foods that trigger indigestion such as starch loaded and gas producing foods. Increase fiber intake daily such as vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals, and nuts that aids digestion. Don’t forget! Water is a must for smooth digestion. Drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly as physical activity reduces many digestive problems.

  1. Quit alcohol and smoking: Though it might seem difficult, but not impossible.

Alcohol and smoking increase the inflammation in the stomach lining by damaging the protective layer in the stomach. Further, they also increase the risk of H.pylori infection which in turn alters the process of digestion by producing harmful enzymes in gastrointestinal tract.

  1. Avoid stress and enjoy good night’s sleep:

Stress activates fight and flight response, reduces production of digestive enzymes, slows down digestion resulting in heartburn, bloating and constipation. Sleep deprivation adds on to discomfort by aggravating abnormal digestion.

  1. Always enjoy eating with OJUS:

OJUS is a pioneered formulation of Charak Pharma. It provides a comprehensive treatment containing Haritaki, Shunthi, Pippali mool, Karanj, Bilwa and Chitrak mool that control indigestion completely, starting right from prevention, occurrence, recovery and remission.

The ingredient Zingiber officinale (Shunthi) acts against H.pylori, treats inflammation, protect the stomach lining by producing mucin that lines the stomach and prevents acid damage. Terminalia chebulia (Haritaki) promotes bowel movement and relieves pressure. Aegle marmelos (Bilwa) provides protection against stress and anxiety induced gastric mucosal damage.  Pongamia glabra (Karanj) provides gastroprotection by increasing mucin secretion and exhibits antioxidant effect. Also, it alleviates pain response. The active ingredient, plumbagin in Plumbago zeylanica (Chitrak) possess strong anti-H.pylori activity.

To sum it up, all for one and one for all- OJUS. So why wait, keep OJUS all time handy and enjoy meals care free.

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