If you are coping with gas, bloating, stomachaches or heartburn, there are some great natural herbal remedies that have relieve these symptoms for centuries. You may even have some of these right now in your kitchen cupboards. Here’s a table to help you find the right herbal remedy for your condition.
|Alfalfa||Rich in chlorophyll, which reduces gas.||Avoid using if on blood thinners|
|Anise||Edible seeds remedy bloating, flatulence, poor appetite and indigestion.||Member of the parsley family|
|Bay||Aids digestion, relives flatulence.||Can be made into a tea|
|Caraway||Relieves belching, flatulence, and intestinal cramps and spasms. Aids in the digestion of starches.||Excellent for children’s digestive issues|
|Cinnamon||Stimulates digestion. Effective in treating appetite loss and flatulence.||Add it to dairy foods to make them eaiser to digest|
|Dill||Edible seeds help prevent heartburn, nausea and indigestion||The edible flowers and leaves rich in Vitamin C|
|Fennel||Edible sees and leaves enhance digestion, ease flatulence, heartburn, stomachache. Helps digest fatty foods.||Member of the parsley family|
|Flax||Soothes inflammation in the GI tract. Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds with plenty of fluids to ease constipation. Eat raw or cooked.||Seeds can also be ground up in coffee grinder|
|Gentian||Helps break down proteins and fats. Improves absorption of iron and vitamin B12. Take tincture 10 to 30 min. before meals for best results.||Used to flavor beverages known as bitters|
|Ginger||Soothes indigestion, bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel, nausea, and stomach pain. Root is the most effective in dried form.||Pregnant women should taken no more than 1 gram a day|
|Juniper||Eat up to seven of these berries before a meal to stimulate stomach acid. Helps with digestion and flatulence. Possesses anti-diarrheal properties.||Avoid during pregnancy|
|Licorice||Eases acid indigestion, constipation, cramps, spasms, diarrhea, heartburn, stomachache, and irritable bowel. Use deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) to reduce potential of increasing blood pressure.||Avoid in cases of nausea and vomiting. Short term use if pregnant|
|Linden||Eases indigestion||Herbal tea should be consumed in moderation, is suitable for children|
|Peppermint||The oil relaxes muscles in the stomach and small intestine, relieving cramping. Useful for flatulence, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and stomachache.||Do not drink more than 2 cups a day if pregnant|
|Rosemary||Aids in digestion of fats and starches||Excellent herb of seniors|
|Sage||Stimulates digestive secretions, improves digestion of fatty foods, and can help treat diarrhea, flatulence, and indigestion.||Avoid large doses during pregnancy|
Now you can start treating yourself with these natural herbal remedies! I can vouch for the ginger, I’ve used it many times when my stomach felt sort of queasy. Helped in no time flat!
There are two functional causes for heartburn, gerds, indigestion and stomach bloating that need to be talked about in more detail. Your problems can stem from either a lack of enzymes or a lack of proper gastric stomach acid. Here’s a good way to know which one you may be deficient in.
If you have heartburn, stomach acid reflux, abdominal bloating, stomach discomfort and gas that occur within the first 15 to 30 minutes after you eat, the cause is likely low gastric stomach acid secretions. If these affects happen after 45 minutes, the cause could be a lack of sufficient enzymes.
Gastric stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCL), can be taken as a supplement at mealtime. Begin slowly with about 600 mg. at one of your large meals. If it does not aggravate your symptoms, take 2 at the next large meal and so on until you feel a warmth in your stomach. At that point you know you can back off one tablet and know that whatever dose your at, will be correct for you. Of course take smaller doses at smaller meals.
You can also try digestive enzymes. These actually help a lot of people since most foods we eat are cooked and the enzymes are destroyed at any temperature over 120 degrees. Digestive enzymes are best taken from multi-enzyme vegetarian sources. Look for supplements that contain bomelain and papaya these are protein digesting enzymes. Follow the label for correct dosage.
Contrary to what you will hear from the mainstream medical community, acid reflux is not caused by eating things like tomatoes, spicy food or peppermint, or worse yet, that there is no cause–it’s a “medical mystery.”
The primary cause of acid reflux is overproduction of acid in the stomach due to eating acid-forming and poorly combined, foods.
When you eat foods that don’t digest well together, your stomach overproduces acid trying to get the job done. All that acid has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is usually up…especially at night when you’re trying to sleep.
The symptoms of acid reflux consist of a burning sensation that radiates up from the stomach to the chest and throat. Heartburn(acid reflux) is most likely to occur in connection with the following activities:
- After a heavy meal.
- Bending over.
- Lying down, particularly on the back.
But when you eat foods that digest easily together there is no overproduction of acid. Your foods pass through the stomach and into the intestines nice and easily like they should, and you are not left with a pool of acid and feeling like a fire-breathing dragon afterwards.
Shelly and thousands of others have experienced lightning fast relief from acid reflux, and have said bye-bye to medications for good.
Here’s Shelly’s story:
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I felt I should write this because I have never experienced anything like this. I was taking 2 medications a least twice a day, and Rolaids inbetween. I had reflux so bad I had to sleep with the head of my bed elevated.
I don’t remember how I came across Great Taste No Pain to be honest with you, but I am so glad I did. I downloaded the Pain-Free in 1 day test drive and thought “Yuck–I don’t want to eat any of this.” But I thought what if this
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I had such a hard time believing that something as simple as changing the foods you combine together could stop reflux and heartburn, that I experimented for a month and a half before I decided to write this. I would go a few days eating the “Pain Free” way and think, “OK I’m better now so
I can eat whatever.” Wrong!!
Now (by choice) 99 % of the time I eat “Pain Free.” I still “cheat” 2-3 times per week, and yes that does require a anti-acid at times, but not always. But that is soooo much better than before!! I can’t say THANK YOU enough.
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Of course, the processed food manufacturers are making hundreds of billions of dollars, tickled pink, as increasing numbers of the 50 million overweight people in the US try to control their weight with fake fats like Olestra and Simpless and eating low-fat junk like Snackwell cookies.
Here’s why this approach doesn’t work:
The lure of fake fats from processed foods in boxes, bags, cans or jars is that they offer the sensation and pleasure of real fat, without all of the calories. So
theoretically, you should be able to feast on potato chips fried in fake fat and it would be just like eating a plain baked potato.
Doesn’t work. Read on.
Your body will get what it needs…or make it
While it’s true that fake fats are devoid of calories, and even taste like real fats, your body is not fooled. Your body (especially your brain and nervous system) needs REAL fat to function effectively, and it’s biologically programmed to get the fat it needs.
This means that eating processed fake fats makes you crave REAL fats…
And so eventually you will succumb to the cravings, often in a BIG way. Just watch the tide roll in at that point.
Plus if your body doesn’t get the fats it needs, it turns into its own fat-making machine. And the type of fat your BODY manufactures is saturated fat–the artery clogging bad stuff.
Eating fake fats also leaves you hungrier.
In one study, volunteers were given either a normal meal with real fats or a meal where a third of the fat was replaced with fat substitutes. None of the participants knew which meal they were given.
Those given the fat substitutes reported feeling hungrier than usual shortly after eating. Feeling hungry right after eating is a great recipe for overeating (and being overweight).
There’s more: The next day, all of the study participants were allowed to choose freely which meal they wanted, and the majority unconsciously selected the meal with the real fat. This is a perfect illustration of the body craving what it needs.
The two-sided issue of bulk
Another factor that’s “forgotten” in the low-fat/fake fat myth is bulk, and there are two sides to that.
Side one–too much bulk and boredom
To explain this, I’ll use an example of cole slaw. Let’s say I gave you cole slaw made of one cup of shredded cabbage mixed with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise for a total of 130 calories. 110 of the calories come from the mayo and 20 from the cabbage.
Now, if we were to do the ultimate fat avoidance by taking away the calories from the mayonnaise and replacing it with 110 calories worth of cabbage, you’d need to eat 6 1/2 cups of cabbage!
Let’s face it–you’d drop a few sizes fast, but you’d be bored to tears by the taste.
But the big question is: How long could you stand eating this way? If your answer is “Not very long” you’ve just realized one of the shortcomings of a reduced-fat diet.
Plus you’ll yearn for REAL fat (like mayonnaise, cheese or butter) and be likely to ditch that low-fat diet in a heartbeat.
Side 2–those innocent little cookies add up
The other side of the bulk issue is the fact that even though reduced-fat products like nonfat ice cream, low-fat cookies and chips are low in fat, they lack bulk or volume.
You can devour a low-fat cookie in about 10 seconds. When you swallow it, it takes up so little room in your stomach that your brain doesn’t receive a “stop eating” message.
So…you keep eating. But since there’s no volume in what you’re eating and you can eat these processed, refined pseudo-foods so quickly, chances are good that you’ll polish off the whole box before you feel satisfied.
Now you’ve just filled your body with hundreds or even thousands of empty calories. And since the cookies have no usable nutrients, your body will sound off the hunger signal again very soon.
So you’ll want to eat again and again.
This isn’t weight LOSS–it’s weight GAIN.
The best way to take off weight
First of all, it’s essential to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meat and fish, all in the correct combinations.
These are the foods that give your body the nutrients it needs so you get full and stay full (because you’re nourished). Plus with a wide variety of foods that taste great as well as provide bulk, you’re less likely to get bored.
And eating the right food combinations ensures efficient digestion with no build-up of wastes–which makes the scale number smaller too.
Next, it’s essential to acknowledge and accept that fat isn’t just calories–it an essential, life-giving nutrient. Your body needs real fat, and it will accept no substitutes.
What you need to do is just make sure your body is getting the good fats it needs in the right amounts. Food sources of good fats include olive oil, avocados, nuts, real butter (not margarine), dairy products and even lean meats in moderation.
Plus it’s crucial to ensure that you have a good ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. This will help enhance your metabolism and prevent inflammation, and lessens your chances of developing insulin resistance and the resulting diabetes and obesity.
Don’t let yourself be caught in the “low-fat/fake fat” trap one minute longer. All you’re doing is making the food giants richer.
Yeast overgrowth happens when your body has an inbalance of the good vs. bad bacterial flora that lives in your digestive system. This can happen if you have been on anti-biotics or if you have an overly acidic environment in your gut. More on those in a minute.
So what are the symptoms of yeast overgrowth?
- You will have a craving for sweets because the yeast bacteria feeds off of sugars of any kind.
- Bloated feeling after eating.
- Constipation (don’t have a daily bm)
- May be tired often
Those are a few of the symptoms.
Now about what causes yeast overgrowth in the first place? Like I mentioned anti-biotics kill off all bacteria including your good bacteria, which keep the bad bacteria in balance. That’s why you will hear people say to eat foods like yogurt to replenish your bacteria balance.
Then there’s the diet culprit where too many refine sugars and processed foods cause the yeast bacteria to have a feast and grow like crazy.
So other than trying to eat right and go on an anti-yeast diet, what else can a person do?
Well, there is one very cost effective product that I’ve used and others in my family have used with a lot of success.