When to take natural remedies?

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gadore
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   Posted 2/17/2014 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had some DGL licorice for awhile. Usually take that right before eating. I've also just started getting into aloe vera gel. have taken that before bed the last few nights. What about apple cider vinegar? I bought a bottle of that but not sure when I should take it. And do any of these things cancel each other out? If I drink the vinegar after eating and then follow it up with aloe vera gel, will those two things hinder the benefit of each other? What about bitters? Is that a before eating remedy?

Also was at a whole foods talking with someone in their vitamin section about all these things. He suffers from GERD as well and had an interesting perspective. He was telling me that things like DGL licorice essentially tell your body or your stomach to stand down a little bit and that the licorice itself will help aid in the digestion. While if you take bitters(which he says he uses), the bitters almost tell your body or stomach to get ready and will send your natural digestion process in to overdrive. Had never heard that before. Any truth to his claims? And would licorce and bitters cancel each other out if both taken at the same time?

rjdriver
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   Posted 2/17/2014 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
DGL has a healing and anti inflammatory effect on the stomach lining. If you have ulcers or gastritis it can be of help. Aloe vera has a similar healing effect along with other digestive benefits.

Bitters and apple cider vinegar add acid to your stomach. If you feel your condition is due to low stomach acid, which it very well may be for meany heartburn sufferers, these are the proper remedies.

They are in a sense at odds with each other. If you need to heal your stomach lining, then adding more acid may not be the best thing to do. If you have heartburn, gas, bloating and reflux, and no damage to your stomach lining, additional acid may actually be the correct treatment.

You really have to know what's causing your problem before starting any treatment.

gadore
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   Posted 2/17/2014 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips! Yea I've read that some people dont produce enough acid, or they cant digest certain foods, which causes gas, which then leads to GERD, etc...

I do think I've had esophagus and possible throat irritation so I would like the soothing/healing.

Just tough to know what to do. seems like trial and error.

rjdriver
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   Posted 2/18/2014 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
It's pretty hard to heal the esophagus, as nothing stays in contact with it for very long. Keeping it from further acid or bile exposure is the main thing.

I have Barrett's short segments, and am taking Manuka honey and blackstrap molasses as healing agents that I hope will act right on the surface of the esophagus. But even these very thick substances only stay there for so long.

As for healing it from the inside, there have been some successful experiments using beta carotene. But it takes quite a lot of it, and there is a limit to how much you can safely consume.

ReneeS
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   Posted 2/25/2014 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Someone from another thread suggested that I tell you what I used that really worked for me. If you find it useful great if not then no harm no foul. Starting a few years ago I had problems with my stomach, I went to the doctor and told him that I felt as if someone was pinching me from the inside. I had not had symptoms of acid reflux and had done a barium swallow that was negative. I now believe I was having reflux problems but for whatever reason wasn't having the burning sensation. I had the constant throat clearing and my voice has become hoarse. I was put on Zantac twice a day last year and took 150 mg. from then on. It didn't seem to help. Fast forward to the last few months of the last year. I didn't know why my stomach felt full after eating a small amount and I felt pressure into my chest. I wasn't yet feeling pain but by Dec. I was feeling a great deal of pain in my stomach and lost a significant amount of weight. (for me. I'm only 5 feet tall so 20 pounds in a couple of months was a good bit) I couldn't eat anything! I was miserable. My doctor finally did a test for h-pylori which came back negative, and concluded in all likely hood I had an ulcer. I was given Protonix which I couldn't take and then Nexium along with Carafate. These had side effects I was uncomfortable with and so I set off to discover my own natural alternatives. The following have almost completely cured my extreme pain and allowed me to eat and feel normal again.

I started with CarnoSoothe purchased from Amazon. I researched it and chose it because in their own words it " naturally modulates the growth of H. pylori while supporting the health of the gastric lining." It contains different supportive extracts that I researched beforehand and was comfortable with and felt were safe which was something I couldn't say about the Nexium after reading about it's long term effects. I also began taking a high quality aloe called TrueAloe from NatureCity.com twice a day.(a good quality aloe will not cause diarrhea so please be sure to choose a high quality product.) These two products along with zantac twice a day and cutting back to almost no caffeine has helped a lot. I'm still having a few days of pain but it is so much better that I don't notice it much. It is only in the last week that I can say I only have mild twinges. I am able to eat and am putting on weight again. I think it was worth the research and time invested. I will tell you that after going off of the Nexium I had the most severe heartburn! (Which I think is a side effect of Nexium) After taking the CarnoSoothe regularly it is almost completely gone. I do have to remember to take it regularly though.
I truly believe that these products along with drinking water have been the answer for me. If I can answer any questions for you please let me know. Good luck.

Teacherman
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   Posted 2/25/2014 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a stubby feeling in my upper stomach for sometime. Whether it's heartburn or a bloated stomach or what?
But, I tried fennel seeds and I have a new perspective on life. It has been the miracle I was looking for.
I chew on some after each meal. Works wonders and I couldn't recommend it anymore. It's the best for me. Stopped my upper stomach/ heartburn problems just like that!
Chew some fennel seeds and let me know if it works on your IBS /heartburn.
I have also started taking a prebiotic with my probiotic. The prebiotic has MOS which acts like a magent and pulls the bad bacteria off the lining of your intestines. Then the probiotic works better.
Love the stuff. But, it's expensive and fennel seed will cost you about a dollar a week. Plus it freshens your breath. Naturally.
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