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After-the-party heartburn and indigestion

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Eating a large variety of foods, eating foods that aren't normally in the diet and/or eating very spicy foods can cause a good case of indigestion. Overeating and eating too quickly are also causes of stomach distress. Occasional indigestion or stomach upset can usually be relieved by sipping water or chewing gum. Sometimes, the digestive system is overwhelmed and will need a few hours to right itself.

Ginger ale helps relieve nausea that often accompanies upset stomach. If there is no ginger ale available, mix the juice of one large lemon with a tablespoon each of raw honey and grated ginger. Heat until the honey can be stirred into the juice. Allow the juice to cool, add six ounces of club soda or plain tap water. Stir, add ice if preferred, and sip the drink slowly.

A tea can be made with lemon balm and chamomile, then sweetened with raw honey. Keeping the body hydrated is necessary for the digestive tract to work properly. Keep the beverages simply and without caffeine. To keep stomach acids from backing up into the esophagus, chew gum or keep a piece of hard candy in the mouth until the distress subsides.

These home remedies can be used with children who have occasional stomach distress. Don't give honey to any child under the age of two. The acid in milk would probably make the upset stomach worse, so wait 36-48 hours before adding milk back to the diet. Save the eggnog for New Year's eve.

Lying down is not the best thing to do with an upset stomach. The more a person is able to move around, the quicker the food will move through the digestive tract. Greatly limit the amount of food consumed until the digestion process has completed.

If heartburn or indigestion becomes a habit, make an appointment with the family physician. Stomach acid can cause big problems if left unchecked. Watch the video to learn how to minimize heartburn and indigestion in the future.

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