Does anyone else remember? "Plop, plop...fizz, fizz... Oh, what a relief it is!"
And, "I can't believe I ate the whoooooole thing!"
Indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, heart burn...we have many names for what happens when you eat too much and combine too many different foods. Add to that the rise in gluten and dairy intolerance, and the lack of enzymes in our foods, the increase in pesticides and chemicals that are designed to cause an insect's stomach to explode, and experiencing stomach discomfort is almost a given. It can be a bit embarrassing too when you suddenly realize you are about to "cause a stink".
Of course, indigestion and gas are not mandatory. Eating a more whole food diet and more organic foods, doing a colon cleanse and using natural remedies that aid digestion and reduce discomfort are all effective solutions. Adding a quality enzyme supplement and probiotics can also be effective for better digestion and elimination. I love Young Living's Essentialzyme-4 and find I am more comfortable when I take them with my meals.
Here are some great remedies for children and adults with minor stomach discomfort:
A woman with a colicky baby came by my house last week to get something to try. I gave her 2 tsp. of Young Living's V6 oil mixed with 2 drops of DiGize. This helped ease the baby's colic almost instantly and my goodness, you can't get any cheaper (and healthier) than that.
For an adult, you can rub 2 drops of DiGize oil "neat" (that is straight out of the bottle) right onto your stomach. Peppermint and fennel are also good topically to ease minor stomach discomfort. You can put a drop or two of these oils in water and they taste delicious. Avoid peppermint oil with children under 5 as it is very strong.
Ginger is a known digestive aid. I like to make a ginger tea by just adding fresh ginger slices to hot water. You could add a squirt of honey or agave nectar if you want, although I love it unsweetened.
Papaya has natural enzymes and a family member use to give me papaya tablets to suck on after a heavy meal. They did seem to ease the discomfort associated with overeating.
These are just a few simple, effective remedies that might bless you when you "can't believe you ate the whole thing!"