Acidity? Indigestion? Bloating? Try This 3-Ingredient Concoction For Better Gut HealthLuke Coutinho
I want to talk about a simple concoction that uses three readily available ingredients in your kitchen. I have spoken about this before. Whether you are looking at building your gut health or relieving gut-related issues like indigestion, acidity, bloating, and constipation, this concoction could be powerful for you.
But before I share the recipe for this desi remedy with you, I want you to remember that your digestion starts in your mouth. The amount of time the food you eat spends in your mouth where you mindfully chew it matters. When you do not chew your food and swallow it hastily, bigger undigested chunks enter your system. Thus, paving the way for a host of gut issues. Your saliva has magical digestive enzymes that help break food down into smaller particles. It reduces the load on your digestive system. Learn more about the art of mastering chewing here.
3-ingredient concoction for better gut health
How to make it?
- Take 1 ½ teaspoon of ajwain (bishop’s weed), 1 tablespoon of jeera (cumin), and 1 tablespoon of saunf (fennel seeds).
- Boil this in 1 liter of water. Let it simmer for a while, and reduce it to 600 ml-800ml.
- Once done, let it down. You can cool it in the refrigerator or even at room temperature. Transfer to a glass bottle.
- Sip on this.
When to have it?
You can make this concoction and have it on an empty stomach in the morning, especially if you wake up feeling acidic or gassy. Or you can even opt to have it 30 minutes before or after your main meals of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
I am not here to say that this will resolve all your issues because you need to address any condition at its root level. But it can bring some relief.
When you have this 30 minutes after your meal, the seeds and spices stimulate digestive enzymes. When you do not have enough digestive enzymes, you cannot digest food as effectively as you should. To counter this, your stomach produces more acids to break it down. It can lead to reflux, indigestion, and other related issues.
If you already have a balanced Indian meal, chances are you already include these highly anti-inflammatory spices in many of your preparations. That is the beauty and wisdom of Indian food when cooked and eaten the right way, at the right time, the right quantity.
It is also a tradition to combine these spices and roast them to make a post-meal digestive mix called mukhwaas. Just chew on it. It also works as a potent breath freshener. It also stimulates and cools your system down.
If you live in another corner of the globe, I cannot expect you to eat Indian food, but you can get these spices and boil them to make the concoction I suggested.
Can children have this concoction?
Yes, children aged five years and above can have this concoction, especially if they face digestive issues. Rule out any allergies. Make an informed decision always.
The bottom line
Whether it is a late-night meal or a weekend of socializing with heavy meals, if you feel sluggish and bloated, check if this ajwain-jeera-saunf water works well for you.
That said, remember one thing. It works for most people, for some people it may not. Understand that your body is unique. If it doesn’t suit you, don’t blame the concoction. Perhaps there is something else that may work for you. For some people, spices may create heat. If it does that for you, don’t do it. As simple as that.
Several people who have tried this, come back to us saying, “We started having this 30 minutes before our meals and did not experience any reflux or discomfort after the meal.”
There is power in nature if we use it the right way.
In a day and age where people are heavily popping antacids without understanding their side effects, this could help. I am not against antacids. You may need these in cases where your doctor feels that another medication you may be on is making you acidic. Or if you are going through cycles of chemotherapy or radiation.
My point is: don’t look at antacids negatively. But you need to reassess your habit of popping them every time you experience even the slightest discomfort.
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