When you’re focused on enjoying the company of family and friends around you, you may not always pay attention to the food and drinks you’re putting in your mouth. You might eat more than you’re used to or you may eat something that doesn’t quite agree with you.
The discomfort of indigestion and/or constipation is usually bad enough—you don’t need to suffer a headache on top of that! Here are some ideas for how to bounce back to your usual fun-loving self!
What to Do When Your Head is Aching Due to Indigestion
The most popular natural remedies that have been traditionally or clinically been effective for preventing and/or mitigating headaches that are caused by indigestion are:
- Bitter Herbs: Support health and function of the entire digestive system; promote digestion of all food and especially fats and proteins; reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract; many have anti-parasitic properties, thereby helping to relieve indigestion caused by pathogenic infection; encourage release of bile and can thus prevent congestion in the liver and/or gallbladder as well as the formation of gallstones (which can cause extreme head pain).
- Carminative Herbs: Help to soothe and calm irritated and/or inflamed gastrointestinal tissue; resolve spasms in the intestinal muscles; promote healthy digestion; many have anti-parasitic properties, thereby helping to relieve indigestion caused by pathogenic infection.
- Plant Enzymes: Provide support to digestive organs; help to resolve acute episodes of indigestion; help prevent flatulence and accumulation of poorly digested foodmatter in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Electrolytes: When indigestion leads to diarrhea, you can lose a lot of essential salts via the stool. Electrolytes are crucial for maintaining homeostasis, supporting electrical conductivity in nerves and muscles including the heart, facilitating nutrient transport and absorption across cell membranes and within cells, meditating cell communication via hormone-receptor interactions, serving as cofactors to regulate enzyme activity, supporting detoxification in the liver and other organs of elimination, and promoting cell metabolism. Help to regulate blood pressure, sustain cardiovascular health, maintain tissue hydration, and support overall health and function of the digestive system.
- Probiotics: Support health and function of the entire digestive system; promote digestion of all types of food; support immune system function and help prevent inflammatory and allergic reactions to ingested food; help prevent intestinal pathogenic infection, which could lead to indigestion; help increase absorption of nutrients; synthesize essential vitamins; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.
- Traditional Arts: Use meditation and/or gentle fluid movements to encourage whole body relaxation; stimulate release of digestive enzymes and fluids such as stomach acid and bile; strengthen digestive system; improve circulation of blood and lymph and improve cell oxygenation; promote systemic detoxification; help relieve bloating and flatulence; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.
- Deep Breathing: Oxygenates, nourishes, and relaxes every part of the body; helps to resolve irritation, inflammation, and spasms along the gastrointestinal tract; stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which supports digestion and antagonizes the stress-induced activation of the sympathetic nervous system; useful for helping to prevent indigestion and associated headaches as well as resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.
- Acupuncture &/or Marma: Useful for strengthening the digestive system and promoting function of all associated organs; encourage whole body relaxation, which supports effective digestion; improve circulation of blood and lymph and improve cell oxygenation; strengthen the endocrine, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, and immune systems; promote systemic detoxification; one-time treatment can help resolve acute indigestion while regular treatment can help prevent indigestion over the long-term by strengthening the digestive organs.