Indigestion is a very common problem and a problem almost everyone at some point of time might have suffered. The real problem arises when it happens regularly. First of all, we should try to understand what indigestion actually is and the cause for it.
Just as the name suggests, indigestion takes place when the food from the last meal does not get digested completely. Although there can be several reasons for the same, the most common is over-eating. Most of the time people eat more than their stomach can actually digest.
Besides, according to Ayurveda, it takes atleast 6 hours for food to get digested completely. Meals should, therefore, be spaced over 4-5 hours. One should also not eat anything in between meals. However fruits, juices, nuts and seeds are allowed. Also, water should be consumed at regular intervals but never immediately before or after meals.
Now for the actual remedy, it is advisable to take some roasted and powdered cumin seeds mixed with fresh grated ginger before every meal. This would help release the digestive juices facilitating proper digestion of food that is to be consumed.
You can also take 2 teaspoons each of coriander and fenugreek seeds and add to a glass of water. Let it soak overnight. In the morning boil the liquid till the quantity reduces to half. Drink this on an empty stomach every morning.
Moreover, make sure that you are not eating cooked and uncooked food items at the same meal. According to Ayurveda, they require different kinds of digestive function and hence should be eaten separately. Also, do not consume any sour fruit with milk or yogurt.
You should also observe a one day fast when you are suffering from indigestion. However, you can take fruits, steamed vegetables and juices. Also, drink lots of warm water throughout the day. It would be further beneficial to add some lime juice to the water.
You can also prepare a digestive formula by taking powdered cumin, black pepper powder, fennel powder and dry ginger powder. Take this mixture with warm water after every meal. This would not only ensure proper digestion of food but would also protect against toxin formation.