Peppermint Tea Causes Heartburn

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I started drinking fresh juice and now many foods give me heartburn?
    I never had heartburns, but now I get one every time I eat something greasy or starchy, like pizza, bread, rice or red meat. The only thing that coincided with it is that I started drinking fresh fruit and veggie juice every day. Even though I don't use citruses, it it possible that a lot of juice causes heartburn? what fruits can I juice to avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      The primary step to take in the prevention of heartburn is a change of dietary habits. Certain foods trigger or aggravate heartburn by causing abnormal stomach acid production and should be avoided. The following foods have been proven to cause the symptoms of heartburn to occur: caffeinated drinks - like coffee and soft drinks, alcohol, fried foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and tomatoes. Avoiding or limiting consummation of these foods is an important step in curing your heartburn naturally.

      Try mixing a little baking soda with a glass of water and then drink it. This brings quick relief for most people.

      Licorice is an effective alternative to conventional medications as it supports and stimulates the stomach’s natural protection mechanisms. The stomach’s main defense against gastric acid is a fine layer of mucin, which is secreted by millions of mucosal cells that line the stomach wall. Licorice stimulates both the secretion of mucin and the formation of new mucosal cells. As well as supporting a normal chemical balance, licorice can help to inhibit the growth of potentially harmful intestinal bacteria.

      Bitter herbs encourage the production of saliva, stomach acid and digestive enzymes. There are many herbs with bitter qualities but dandelion and blessed thistle are the two most commonly used for heartburn. Plant oils are also used for heartburn and indigestion due to their carminative effects and soothing action on the gastrointestinal tract. The most notable is peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can soothe bowel disruptions caused by nervousness, overeating and changes in the diet. It is also a smooth muscle relaxant and an effective remedy for cramps, gas, and nausea. The active ingredient in peppermint oil – menthol – relaxes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, allowing trapped gas to escape in the form of a burp. If you are prone to heartburn more so than indigestion, peppermint tea is recommended as it contains less menthol, making it less likely to cause heartburn.

      Another quick cure for heartburn is to take one to two tablespoons equally of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of distilled water before meals. Acidophilus yoghurt will prevent indigestion as it contains good bacteria which fight bad bacteria. Eating several almonds will relieve heartburn. Eating lemons before meals can prevent heartburn. Lying on your left side can help to relieve heartburn by keeping the stomach below the esophagus. Avoid raw onions as these are often the cause of heartburn.

  2. QUESTION:
    How does drinking peppermint tea benefit you?
    how do peppermint and other mint/green teas benefit your digestive system and/or your body?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello
      i suffer from IBS and bloating and feeling full sometimes. I bought some peppermint capsules that are very effective and seem to sooth and help wind and bloating and help my IBS. Peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, and calms the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus. Peppermint also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties.

      peppermint does positively affect the stomach tract and digestive process thanks to its menthol. Peppermint is regularly employed to treat digestive problems, and the potent but pleasant plant is used to make teas, oils, and capsules that soothe stomachs (and sometimes cleanse palates). Peppermint is one of the few herbs that even skeptics agree has positive health benefits, with digestive uses topping their lists.

      About the Peppermint Plant

      Once upon a time, there was no such thing as peppermint! Spearmint and water mint plants existed for some time and eventually got their reproduction crossed, creating a hybrid which gained popularity as peppermint. Once its spiffy flavour and medicinal value was discovered, peppermint plants were intentionally cultivated. The herb’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. The most active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, but the herb contains other vitamins, including A and C. Peppermint plants are harvested for their leaves during the summer months, around the same time the plants begins to flower.

      Peppermint as a Digestive Aid

      Peppermint makes a cheap and pleasant-tasting treatment for nausea and upset stomach. Many people report that peppermint, especially in tea form, is a great alternative to Pepto-Bismol and other thick, chalky stomach settlers because it has a lighter, cleaner feel. People with more consistent digestive problems, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diverticulosis also use peppermint to mollify their discomfort. And if you’re gassy, peppermint can reduce your flatulence.

      Are There Health Benefits Of Peppermint Tea?
      Yep! Some health benefits of peppermint herbal tea are that it can help with digestion and is useful for treating and soothing upset stomachs.
      The properties found in peppermint inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, and can help relax muscles. In addition, peppermint oil is good for the skin, produces fresh breath, treats headaches and sinuses, and also fights gingivitis. Drinking it in tea form will help you obtain some of these benefits.
      Peppermint also relaxes and helps reduce abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and promotes better digestion.

      Finding peppermint tea is not hard either. Some health food stores may sell it in loose leaf form as well as some online tea merchants. Adagio.com is where I purchase most of my herbal teas, it's a good place to try.

      What is peppermint oil?
      Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, which has been used for many years as a tea to calm the digestion. Peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, and calms the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus. Peppermint also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties.

      I swear by by peppermint oil and my mum loves her peppermint tea as it helps with her heartburn. It is also nice when you have got a cold. Creme De Menthe is a peppermint based liquor and is lovely when you have a sore throat, so soothing and warming.

      Hope that hepls

  3. QUESTION:
    What are good foods to eat to help remedy and keep hearburn ( acid reflux ) at bay?
    What are good foods / drinks to have when you have acid reflux / heartburn?

    Also are there natural cures, instead of meds?

    • ANSWER:
      Drew,

      There are plenty of excellent natural remedies out there which could definitely help you achieve your goal. But let me suggest you first to try to reason and find the true cause of your heartburn or acid reflux. If you do so and remove the cause, you'll be free for ever. Otherwise you'll only mask the problem to find yourself not to long after with the same condition or worse.

      Acid reflux is a defensive mechanism of the stomach which characterizes for an abnormal acid output. The main reason for this is the overwhelming amount--or constant management--of food by the stomach. Other reasons include: eating several meals a day, or snacking; drinking liquids with foods; overeating; late supper; over-cooked foods; low quality fats; etc.

      Correct the issues mentioned above, give your stomach a brake by fasting for 1-2 days on papaya and/or apples, and then use these simple but powerful remedies:

      Mix 1 teaspoon of each of these herbs (freshly cut) and put them to boil for 5 minutes, and let it seat for a while:

      Oregano
      Basil
      Peppermint
      Fig's leaves

      Sweeten it with a little honey or Agave Nectar. And add 20-25 drops of Licorice root extract to this tea. Drink 2-3 cups a day. And, DON'T EAT ANY FRIED FOODS WHATSOEVER! Milk and cheese should be avoided if you want a permanent fix.

      FOODS TO AVOID
      Milk, cheese, eggs, soda, refined foods (white bread, white sugar, white flour, etc.), vinegar, coffee, chocolate, sardines, very starchy foods, red beans (too high in nitrogen content), ice cream, onion, pickles, roasted nuts or seeds, and black/red pepper.

      FOODS TO ENJOY
      Apple, papaya, pears, sweet grapes (no the green one), figs (no dried), asparagus, sweet tomatoes, mango, cabbage (excellent to regenerate the stomach's linen), steamed broccoli, garlic, ginger, raw nuts (specially almonds), artichoke, brown rice, olive oil (extra virgin and first cold press), and carrot.

      This is easy to do, effective, and affordable!

      I already know the results...

      Good luck! :)

  4. QUESTION:
    I'm about 5 weeks pregnanct and I have horrible morning sickness. Does anyone have any good cures?
    I've tried ginger, peppermint, small frequent meals, sleep, medication, everything. Nothing seems to work.

    • ANSWER:
      Morning Sickness Remedies
      Not all morning sickness remedies will work for you, but here is a collection of suggested remedies. You may have to try a few in order to get some relief.

      Be sure to discuss your morning sickness and potential relief with your doctor.

      Do you have a favorite remedy or have one that did absolutely nothing for you?? Why not share your thoughts with other morning sickness sufferers!

      General Remedies:

      * Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
      * Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
      * Get enough sleep at night.
      * Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
      * Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

      Smells:

      * Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
      * Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
      * Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.

      Food and Drink:

      * Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
      * Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
      * Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
      * Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
      * Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.
      * Do not drink fluids with your meals.
      * Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
      * Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
      * Do not skip meals if you can help it.
      * Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
      * Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

      Supplements:

      * Try taking your prenatals later in the day.
      * Talk to your doctor about:
      o Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea.
      o Ginger capsules: 250 mg. three times daily. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. (Remember drinking ginger ale when you felt sick when you were little?)
      o Ask your doctor if you can stop taking your Prenatals temporarily to see if the nausea diminishes. You may still need to take a Folic Acid supplement to help protect your baby.
      o Talk to your doctor about not taking iron supplements unless you are anemic. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach to deal with. Good Luck and I hope you and your child have a very blessed life may God smile upon you and your offspring take care God Bless+

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there anything i can do to reduce the amount of acid in stomach?
    whenever i puke too much, i get to a point where it hurts too much to carry on cause of the acid which makes it really hard to continue purging! is there anything i can take so that i can purge out all my food?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Ginger root
      Put a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root in a cup of hot water and drink (or swallow 1,000 mg. of ginger root powder). Ginger helps the body to digest food better, especially when eating spicy foods. If you get heartburn a lot, consume ginger every day.
      2. Mustard
      One of the most effective acidity home remedies is mustard. As soon as heartburn occurs, eat a spoonful or two of mustard. In a few minutes you should feel relief.
      3. Hot water bottle
      If you're experiencing a lot of discomfort, place a hot water bottle over your liver (upper right abdomen). The heat will help your liver break down food better. Sit in a relaxed position with the hot water bottle, but don't lay down. Laying down could force acid upward.
      4. Licorice
      Break open a 250 mg. licorice capsule and dissolve it in two ounces of water. Drink it right away. You can also try two 250 mg. chewable tablets instead. If you have hypertension, you shouldn't use this remedy.
      5. Pineapple
      If you have frequent heartburn, end your meals with a couple of slices of fresh pineapple. Canned pineapple will not have the same effect.
      6. Celery
      Eat a stalk of fresh raw celery to reduce heartburn. Heartburn is a common pregnancy discomfort so this is an excellent choice for moms-to-be.
      7. Pickle juice
      Ever wonder what to do with all that leftover pickle juice? Use it to settle your stomach! Drink 1/4 cup next time you experience heartburn.
      8. Tea
      Sipping on chamomile or peppermint tea will help soothe heartburn. To prevent heartburn from happening again, sip on one of these teas after each meal.
      9. Apple cider vinegar
      Some acidity home remedies have been used for ages and vinegar is one of them. Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with a tablespoon of honey. This concoction should stop heartburn immediately.
      10. Yogurt
      As soon as you feel heartburn coming on, eat two spoonfuls of plain yogurt. Eating half a cup of yogurt daily will greatly reduce your chance of experiencing heartburn.
      11. Gum
      Try chewing a stick of gum when heartburn hits. The production of saliva will neutralize the acid and will help push the digestive juices downward.
      12. Banana
      Eat half of a fresh banana or a few dried banana pieces. Bananas have a natural antacid effect and will quickly fight off heartburn.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies for heartburn?
    It's primarily from very spicy food or drinking the night before.

    I need my doctor to prescribe me something for my acid reflux, but in the meantime I am wondering what I can do now. Whether it be quick fixes, natural remedies, or over the counter medication.

    I've tried drinking milk, pickle juice, and eating raw potatoes which all actually work fairly well.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    What could be giving a teenager these gas issues?
    Lately, I've been SUPER gassy, like I get bloated and gassy after EVERYTHING that I eat! I'm burping constantly and my stomach just feels bloated! I don't really have any pains in my stomach, just the gas rumbling around and stuff, what could be causing this?
    I'm 18 yrs old btw and eat pretty healthy if I may say so, oh and I don't have any heartburn so its not acid reflux or anything.

    • ANSWER:
      i get that a lot lately. Try to identify and avoid the foods that affect you the most. Some of the worst offenders for many people include beans, onions, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, artichokes, asparagus, pears, apples, peaches, prunes, sugar-free candies and chewing gum, whole-wheat bread, bran cereals or muffins, beer, sodas and other carbonated beverages, milk, cream, ice cream and ice milk.
      Try cutting back on fried and fatty foods. Often, bloating results from eating fatty foods. Fat delays stomach emptying and can increase the sensation of fullness.
      Temporarily cut back on high-fiber foods. Add them back gradually over weeks. If you take a fiber supplement, try cutting back on the amount you take and build up your intake gradually. If your symptoms persist, you might try a different fiber supplement. Be sure to take fiber supplements with at least 8 ounces of water and drink plenty of extra liquids throughout each day.
      Reduce your use of dairy products. Try using low-lactose dairy foods, such as yogurt, instead of milk. Or try using products that help digest lactose, such as Lactaid or Dairy Ease. Consuming small amounts of milk products at one time or consuming them with other foods also may make them easier to digest. In some cases, however, you may need to eliminate dairy foods completely.
      Try a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the smooth muscles of your digestive tract. You may find that a warm cup of peppermint tea can provide relief from gas and gas pain. On the other hand, peppermint may contribute to heartburn and acid reflux.
      Lifestyle
      The following modifications to your lifestyle also may help:

      Try smaller meals. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones.
      Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp. If you have a hard time slowing down, put down your fork between each bite.
      Avoid chewing gum, hard candies and drinking through a straw. These activities can cause you to swallow more air.
      Don't eat when you're anxious, upset or on the run. Try to make meals relaxed occasions and eat slowly. Eating when you're stressed can interfere with digestion.
      Check your dentures. Poorly fitting dentures can cause you to swallow excess air when you eat and drink.
      Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking can increase the amount of air you swallow.
      Over-the-counter remedies
      Some products may help, but they aren't always effective. Consider trying:

      Beano. Add Beano to beans and vegetables to help reduce the amount of gas they produce. For Beano to be effective, you need to take it with your first bite of food. It works best when there's only a little gas in your intestines.
      Lactase supplements. Supplements of the enzyme lactase (Lactaid), which helps you digest lactose, may help if you are lactose intolerant. You might also try dairy products that are lactose-free or have reduced lactose. They're available at most grocery stores.
      Simethicone. See if you benefit from using one of the many over-the-counter products that contain simethicone (Gas-X, Gelusil, Mylanta, Mylicon). Simethicone helps break up the bubbles in gas and may help with excessive belching.
      Activated charcoal. Charcoal tablets (CharcoCaps, Charcoal Plus, others) also may help. You take them before and after a meal. They're available in natural food stores and many drugstores.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for heartburn that doesn't just mask the problem?
    I want to be sure that there is no damage done to my esophagus as I am older and it seems to be getting worse. I have read that most of the remedies just mask the problem while the damage is still being done. I am interested in correct foods to eat and ones to stay away from as well.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely go to your doctor and have them check it out. it may be acid reflux disease. they can put you on something like prevacid and monitor your progress.

      Foods that may cause heartburn:

      Alcohol
      Coffee, tea, cola, and other caffeinated and carbonated beverages
      Chocolate
      Citrus fruits and juices
      Tomatoes and tomato sauces (such as pizza and pasta sauce)
      Spicy foods and fatty foods (including full-fat dairy products)
      Peppermint and spearmint
      Dry foods such as peanuts
      It can also be psychosomatic, primarily in relation to stress.

      Certain foods and lifestyle are considered to promote gastroesophageal reflux:(acid reflux disease)

      Coffee, alcohol, calcium supplements, and excessive amounts of Vitamin C supplements are stimulants of gastric acid secretion. Taking these before bedtime especially can promote evening reflux. Calcium containing antacids are in this group[3].
      Foods high in fats and smoking reduce lower esophageal sphincter competence, so avoiding these tends to help, as well. Fat also delays emptying of the stomach.
      Having more but smaller meals also reduces the risk of GERD, as it means there is less food in the stomach at any one time.
      avoid eating for 2 hours before bedtime
      elevate the head of the bed on 6-inch blocks. (Pillows under the head and shoulders have been shown to be ineffective.)
      avoid soft drinks that contain caffeine
      avoid chocolate and peppermint
      avoid spicy foods
      avoid acidic foods like oranges and tomatoes(okay when fresh.)
      avoid cruciferous vegetables: onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
      milk and milk-based products contain calcium and fat, so should be avoided before bedtime.
      Avoiding food for 2 hours before bedtime and not lying down after a meal are frequently recommended lifestyle modifications

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural way to cure heartburn?
    Like, without going to the store and buying medicine for it.
    Anything I might have at home already?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is the sensation one feels when gastric acid in the stomach flows back to the esophagus thereby burning its lining. The burning sensation is located somewhere near the location of the heart hence the term "heartburn".

      Gastric acid builds up in the stomach after eating a meal to help digest the food coming into it.

      When one is standing up, the natural flow of food is to go down from the mouth to the throat through the esophagus and into the stomach, etc. However, when one lies down after a meal or while the food is being digested, the gastric juices sometimes flow back into the esophagus.

      There are several ways to temporarily relieve the sensation of heartburn but not cure heartburns, which are to take medications to reduce the acidity in the esophagus and/or stomach, or deaden the nerves near it enough so as not to cause discomfort. However, these are temporary solutions and may have to be a maintenance thing (meaning: you have to take medications for it every time).

      However there is a way to prevent it from happening. Do not lie down at least 30 minutes after a meal, and a least 1 hour after a heavy meal (meat). Meats require a lot of gastric juices to digest so plan to eat at least for period of time sufficiently enough for digestion to occur before lying down. But if you are tired and need to lie down, do try to lie on your ride side. The esophagus in the human anatomy is shaped like a curved "C". So that when you lie on your right side, food flows down from the esophagus into the stomach. Lying down on your left side would bring the acid from the heavier stomach down back to the esophagus.

      There is also a preventive measure, which is to avoid food that may affect the sphincter muscle to relax the opening between the stomach and esophagus, such as chocolate, peppermint, and chamomile tea shortly before bedtime (source: Wikipedia). Also do try to avoid very spicy foods as spices specially hot peppers can paralyze the sphincter muscles and cause it not to contract when gastric juices are returning from the stomach back into the esophagus (other medical sources).

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages of herbal mint tea?
    serious question,how many times should i drink it and what does it do for the body?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep! Some health benefits of peppermint herbal tea are that it can help with digestion and is useful for treating and soothing upset stomachs.

      The properties found in peppermint inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, and can help relax muscles. In addition, peppermint oil is good for the skin, produces fresh breath, treats headaches and sinuses, and also fights gingivitis. Drinking it in tea form will help you obtain some of these benefits.

      Peppermint also relaxes and helps reduce abdominal pain caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and promotes better digestion

      There are the usual bad sides to it too hun

      The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.

      Do not take peppermint or drink peppermint tea if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD -- a condition where stomach acids back up into the esophagus) or hiatal hernia. Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus. (The sphincter is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.) By relaxing the sphincter, peppermint may actually make the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion worse.

      I always do research of things im going to put into my body. Even though its natural and has got health benefits it can upset any medications that a person might be on.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the best and easiest way to cure or prevent heartburn?
    I sometimes find that certain foods or drinks can make me not just have a jumpy tummy, but feel nauseous too and would like to know of some more natural rather than medical options.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Fiery Fox

      Here are some idease on how to heal the condition. Be sure to clease your system of toxins by doing a colon and liver clease every 3-4 months. Drink at least 64 oz of distilled water to flush your blood as well.

      Causes of Heartburn
      The most common causes of heartburn are overeating, and eating meals that are predominantly acid-forming and abundant in unhealthy fats, spices, and commercially processed foods. Heartburn can also be caused by low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl), deficiencies in the body’s production of enzymes, poor adrenal and/or spleen function, and/or diminished liver function due to toxicity. Hiatal hernia, stress, or smoking, can cause heartburn, as well.

      In addition, food allergies lead to poor digestion which can also contribute to heartburn, as can combining too many different types of foods at the same meal. Heartburn can be brought on by drinking excess fluids during mealtime, eating too fast, or eating in a stressed environment. Heartburn can also be connected to constipation, similar to a backed up septic system. In this case, the body can have a difficult time digesting and processing the food coming in, if the previous meal is not going down and being eliminated properly.

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      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The essential oil of cardamon can relieve heartburn symptoms.

      Diet: Avoid all commercially processed foods, spicy foods, sugars, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, coffee and other caffeine products, chocolate, sodas, commercial non-herbal teas, alcohol, orange and grapefruit juice, tomato products, milk and dairy products, and foods containing peppermint and spearmint. Also have yourself screened for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods for which you test positive.

      Emphasize a diet rich in organic whole foods, especially organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable drinks. Free-range organic meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish are also recommended. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of pure filtered water throughout the day.

      Avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening. As a general rule of thumb, in order to prevent and reverse heartburn symptoms, eat meals that are predominantly alkalizing in nature, especially green vegetables. (For more information about how to eat alkalizing foods, see pH.) Meals should ideally consist of generous portions of fresh leafy green salads, bare or lightly dressed, with an equally generous portion of lightly steamed vegetables and a fist sized portion of steamed, baked, broiled or carefully grilled protein. Organically produced foods, and carefully chosen oils, such as raw virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil and high lignan flax seed oil are your safest options. Avoid all fried foods, and all hydrogenated fats and oils. Choose raw, rather than roasted nuts and seeds, both in whole and butter form. Raw almond butter is a better option than peanut butter, and is a great snack when spread on apple slices.

      Minimize your intake of both coffee and black tea, as well as alcoholic beverages. This is essential if heartburn is an issue.

      Foods that can often quickly resolve heartburn problems are apples, raw cucumbers (peeled), brown rice, and walnuts. Sipping a glass of pure, filtered water with a couple of teaspoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar or baking soda (one teaspoon to eight ounces of water) can also quickly neutralize heartburn attacks.

      Herbal Medicine: Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm.

      Homeopathy:
      Arsenicum album – for heartburn accompanied by anxiety, chills and thirst, abdominal cramping
      Nux vomica – for heartburn caused by fats or sour foods and/or accompanied by feelings of irritability
      Sulfur – for heartburn caused by overeating and/or accompanied by burping, late morning hunger, or early morning diarrhea.

      Juice Therapy: Fresh squeezed cucumber juice can often quickly resolve heartburn symptoms.

      Lifestyle: If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress. A regular exercise program is of the utmost importance as is a whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening. Allow at least 3 hours between meals, unless blood sugar problems are an issue, in which case, eating smaller frequent meals is an option.

      Nutritional Supplements: The most useful nutritional supplements for treating and preventing heartburn are digestive enzymes (taken with every meal) and calcium carbonate (take 600 mg in liquid or chewable form every two to three hours until symptoms subside).

      Probiotics such as acidophilus and Bifidobacteria, can also be helpful, as can fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and soil-based organisms. FOS is an all-natural carbohydrate microorganism that has been shown by researchers to serve as a fertilizing agent that enables Bifidobacteria to thrive in the large intestine, where it helps to protect against harmful bacteria.

      Soil-based organisms are beneficial microbes found in soil. Taken as a supplement, they go to work to detoxify the gastrointestinal tract while eliminating fungi, molds, parasites, viruses, and yeasts. They also help to improve absorption of nutrients and boost both immune and overall cell function, including the production of RNA and DNA. In addition, they act as natural antioxidants.

      Alternative Professional Care
      The following therapies can also help to prevent and relieve heartburn: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Flower Essences, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga

      Best of health to you

  12. QUESTION:
    What foods are good to eat when you have gastritis?
    I have chronic gastritis where I will suddenly get it and cant eat for days or get nauseous for days. Iam currently taking nexium but Im still feeling pain. What can I eat that wont hurt my stomach? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Coconut water is an excellent remedy for gastritis. It gives the stomach the necessary rest and provides vitamins and minerals. The stomach is greatly helped if nothing but coconut water is given during the first twenty-four hours.

      Rice gruel is another excellent remedy for acute cases. One cup of rice gruel is recommended twice daily. In chronic cases where the flow of gastric juice is meagre, such foods as require prolonged vigorous mastication are beneficial as they induce a greater flow of gastric juice.

      Potato juice has been found valuable in relieving gastritis. The recommended dose is half a cup of the juice, two or three times daily, half an hour before meals.

      The herb marigold is also considered beneficial in the treatment of gastritis. An infusion of the herb in doses of a tablespoon may be taken twice daily.

      Gastritis Diet
      Home Remedies suggested by users

      The patient should undertake a fast for two of three days or more, depending on the severity of the condition. He should be given only warm water to drink during this period. This will give rest to the stomach and allow the toxic condition causing the inflammation to subside.

      After the acute symptoms subside, the patient should adopt an all-fruit diet for the next three days and take juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, peaches, and melons.

      Avoid alcohol, tobacco, spices, meat, sweet, strong tea/coffee
      The patient should avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, spices and condiments, meat, red pepper, sour foods, pickles, strong tea and coffee. He should also avoid sweet, pastries, rich cakes, and, aerated waters.

      Yogurt and cottage cheese should be used freely. Too many different foods should not be mixed at the same meal. Meals should be taken at least two hours before going to bed at night. Eight to ten glasses of water should be taken daily but water should not be taken with meals as it dilutes the digestive juices and delays digestion. Above all, haste should be avoided while eating and meals should be served in a relaxed atmosphere.

      He may, thereafter, gradually embark upon a balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits.

      Application of heat with a hot compress or hot water bottle, twice a daily, either on an empty stomach or two hours after meals, will help.

      Avoid hard physical, mental work, worries.Do not undertake any hard physical and mental work.Avoid worries.

      Breathing exercises are essential along with walking, swimming, and golf.

      Drugs.com...
      Eat at regular times each day. Do not divide your food into six small meals unless you have trouble getting enough to eat. Eating too often can increase the acid in your stomach.

      Keep your intake of milk and dairy products to 3 servings per day or less. Choose lowfat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. This will also help control stomach acid production.

      Alcohol, black and red pepper, chilies, chili powder, and hot peppers often irritate the stomach lining. Foods with caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. These foods include coffee (regular and decaf), teas, colas, cocoa, chocolate. Avoid or limit these items if they cause you pain.

      Limit your intake of tomatoes, tomato juice, peppermint, fatty foods, and citrus juices. If they cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. You may need to limit seasonings such as onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves.

      Eating high fiber foods does not worsen stomach pain for most people with ulcers or gastritis. High fiber foods include whole grains, cooked dried beans, and fruits and vegetables with peels.

      You may notice that some foods cause you to have extra gas. This may include broccoli, cabbage, onions, milk, cooked dried beans and peas, and some fruits.

  13. QUESTION:
    what is a good home remedy or over the counter med. for heartburn?
    lately i have been having heartburn on and off when i eat certain foods. i'm afraid to have to take a permanent med. cause i only get it on occasion. not all the time. i have taken tums and rolaids, i would still like to know if there is anything else.

    • ANSWER:
      Finding out what is the cause of your heartburn is the first step to helping to ease it. Try keeping a food diary for a few days and note down how you feel after eating certain foods. Foods that are commonly found to irritate the stomach are sugar, wheat, refined white flour (bread, pasta, pastries) but some people have reactions to tomatoes, red peppers and other fruit and vegetables.

      Many people eat on the go - they either don't have or don't make the opportunity to sit down, relax, chew and digest their meals. This is an important part of digestion, as your saliva helps break the food down into a more digestible form for your stomach. Stress is also a contributing factor in heartburn as it tends to 'clamp' the body's functions - this affects the natural, healthy function of digestion, among many other things.

      Try Peppermint tea, one cup with each meal. It's available in most supermarkets and health food stores in tea bag form. Peppermint is a digestive and helps to calm inflammation in the digestive tract. Another option is Chamomile tea, which is also anti-inflammatory. If you continue to get heartburn, try Slippery Elm. This is ground tree bark which has a wonderfully soothing effect on the digestive tract. It is available both as a powder and in tablet form, neither of which are unpleasant but the tablets are easier to carry with you.

      If you've kept a food diary and cut down on alcohol, sugar and white flour products and still can't seem to pin down what is causing your heartburn, it's a good idea to see your GP.

  14. QUESTION:
    I'm thinking of using Peppermint Oil Capsules to calm my IBS, is this a bad idea?
    I read that there are side effects, as with any drug, but are they severe? I really am running out of options, but I don't want to harm myself.

    • ANSWER:
      Peppermint
      Overview:
      Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Several studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
      Indigestion
      Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly. However, if your symptoms of indigestion are related to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, you should not use peppermint (see "Precautions" section).
      Flatulence/Bloating
      Peppermint relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass.
      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
      Several studies have shown that enteric coated peppermint capsules can help treat symptoms of IBS, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. (Enteric coated capsules keep peppermint oil from being released in the stomach, which can cause heartburn and indigestion.) However, a few studies have shown no effect. One study examined 57 people with IBS who received either enteric coated peppermint capsules or placebo twice a day for 4 weeks. Of the people who took peppermint, 75% had a significant reduction of IBS symptoms. Another study comparing enteric coated peppermint oil capsules to placebo in children with IBS found that after 2 weeks, 75% of those treated had reduced symptoms. Finally, a more recent study conducted in Taiwan found that patients who took an enteric coated peppermint oil formulation 3 - 4 times daily for one month had less abdominal distention, stool frequency, and flatulence than those who took a placebo. Nearly 80% of the patients who took peppermint also had alleviation of abdominal pain.
      Itching and Skin Irritations
      Peppermint, when applied topically, has a soothing and cooling effect on skin irritations caused by hives, poison ivy, or poison oak.
      Tension Headache
      One small study suggested that peppermint applied to the forehead and temples helped reduce headache symptoms.
      Colds and Flu
      Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.
      Plant Description:
      Peppermint plants grow to about 2 - 3 feet tall. They bloom from July through August, sprouting tiny purple flowers in whorls and terminal spikes. Dark green, fragrant leaves grow opposite white flowers. Peppermint is native to Europe and Asia, is naturalized to North America, and grows wild in moist, temperate areas. Some varieties are indigenous to South Africa, South America, and Australia.
      What's It Made Of?:
      The leaves and stems, which contain menthol (a volatile oil), are used medicinally, as a flavoring in food, and in cosmetics (for fragrance).
      Available Forms:
      Peppermint tea is prepared from dried leaves of the plant and is widely available commercially.
      Peppermint spirit (tincture) contains 10% peppermint oil and 1% peppermint leaf extract in an alcohol solution. A tincture can be prepared by adding 1 part peppermint oil to 9 parts pure grain alcohol.
      Enteric coated capsules are specially coated to allow the capsule to pass through the stomach and into the intestine (0.2 mL of peppermint oil per capsule).
      Creams or ointments (should contain 1 - 16% menthol)
      How to Take It:
      Pediatric
      Do not give peppermint to an infant or small child. Peppermint oil applied to the face of infants can cause life-threatening breathing problems. In addition, peppermint tea may cause a burning sensation in the mouth. For digestion and upset stomach in older children: 1 - 2 mL peppermint glycerite per day.
      Adult
      Tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 - 5 times per day between meals. Peppermint tea appears to be safe, even in large quantities.
      Enteric coated capsules: 1 - 2 capsules (0.2 ml of peppermint oil) 2 - 3 times per day for IBS.
      Tension headaches: Using a tincture of 10% peppermint oil to 90% ethanol, lightly coat the forehead and allow the tincture to evaporate.
      Itching and skin irritations: Apply menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, in a cream or ointment form no more than 3 - 4 times per day.
      Precautions: .......more

      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/peppermint-000269.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    What will help relieve acid reflux that is not medicine?
    I just wanted to know if there was anything that I could eat or drink that would help. I don't want to take medicine really unless I have to. So if there is anything could you please let me know?

    • ANSWER:
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.

      Mark the difference!! Mint tea aids digestion whereas peppermint tea aids acid reflux!

      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.

      Nicotine increases the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.

      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.

      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.

      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      A wide variety of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers are available to provide temporary relief.

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea. For more frequent and severe episodes of acid reflux, your doctor may prescribe medications such as proton pump inhibitors. If lifestyle changes and prescription medications fail to offer improvement, surgery may be recommended.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/acidreflux.htm

  16. QUESTION:
    Can using peppermint oil cause overdose?
    Can applying too much peppermint oil to your skin cause an overdose? If so, how much?

    • ANSWER:
      The straight stuff? Yeah.

      From the American Family Physician
      "Like many essential oils, peppermint oil can be toxic and even lethal at excessive dosages; it has been associated with interstitial nephritis and acute renal failure.17 It may have a choleretic effect and is contraindicated in patients with cholelithiasis or cholecystitis. Peppermint oil is relatively contraindicated in patients with hiatal hernia or significant gastroesophageal reflux disease, because its effect on the lower esophageal sphincter can lead to exacerbation of symptoms.

      Peppermint oil has been used to trigger menstruation and should be avoided during pregnancy. There are insufficient data to assess its safety during lactation. Peppermint oil should not be used internally or on or near the face in infants and young children because of its potential to cause bronchospasm, tongue spasms, and, possibly, respiratory arrest.1 However, the amount of peppermint in over-the-counter medications, topical preparations, and herbal teas is likely safe in pregnant and lactating women and in young children.

      Common adverse effects reported in clinical trials include allergic reactions, heartburn, perianal burning, blurred vision, nausea, and vomiting.6 Preliminary evidence from laboratory studies suggests that peppermint leaf and peppermint oil may inhibit the cytochrome P450 1A2 system,18 which theoretically could lead to increased serum levels of drugs such as amitriptyline, cyclosporine (Sandimmune), and haloperidol (Haldol) in patients who regularly consume large amounts of peppermint leaf or peppermint oil. However, this interaction has not been proven to occur in humans. Peppermint oil has been reported to raise serum levels of simvastatin (Zocor) and felodipine (Plendil) in at least one case report.19"

      In this article, they were talking about using 2-4 drops a day of the stuff internally. You would have to apply more than that topically. How much? Once upon a time I knew, but it's late, and I'm bleery eyed. I would be leery of applying more than 10 drops, even diluted. a couple drops in a tablespoon of oil is more than enough for the entire body in a day

      Good luck

  17. QUESTION:
    I have really bad stomach aches how do i get rid of them?
    I keep on getting these stomach aches because Im eating to much ice cream. I just stopped having the habit but I don't know how to get rid of it. Please Help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Could you possibly be lactose intolerant? I have a lactose intolerance and ice cream really upsets my stomach, more than the average person .

      First of all, try Peppermints, or Peppermint Tea. I find that it always helps for me, particularly the Peppermint Tea. The Peppermints usually affect my acid reflux which causes another stomach ache usually.

      Or, Ginger is also very effective and if you're nauseous helps bring down the nausea as well. Try ground root Ginger or Ginger Tea, or sip on some Ginger Ale if you have any.

      If you're feeling nauseous you could try some Gravol, or an anti-nauseant like Gravol because whether or not my stomach hurts it always works. Or if you have any Pepto Bismal or you live near a store, Pepto is effective for nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea. It always works for me!

      If you have a heating pad or a hot water bottle, apply it to your stomach. Also try taking a nice warm bath because that's always nice and relaxing.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  18. QUESTION:
    My tummy feels bloated the past few days. What can I do to cure it?
    I'm not sure if it's the food cos I do not have a tummyache. I have been eating cheese and drinking barley which is out of my normal routine. Could it be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      Step 1:
      Drink a mixture of 1/2 tsp. of baking soda stirred well and dissolved in a 1/2 glass of water to relieve the rumble of acid indigestion or heartburn. Drink the mixture quickly and repeat two hours later, if needed. Adults under 60 can safely do this up to seven times in one 24-hour period.

      Step 2:
      Eat a banana. Bananas soothe the stomach and counteract the acids that can cause an upset stomach. They are also easily digested and can help ease diarrhea.

      Step 3:
      Drink strong ginger ale or tea, or chew on a piece of candied ginger to relieve nausea. In China, ginger has been used to treat upset stomachs for over 2,000 years.

      Step 4:
      Drink peppermint tea. The peppermint calms stomach muscles.

      Step 5:
      Relax. Take a warm bath, lie down and listen to calming music or curl up with a good book. Let go of stress in a way that works for you.

      Step 6:
      Avoid foods and drinks that may cause upset stomach or gas. Some of these are coffee, onions, milk, cauliflower, chocolate, fried foods and baked beans.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a problem with heartburn?
    Almost a year ago I started getting pretty bad stomach pain high up just under my rib cage. Soon after I also felt chest pain daily (like a woman in a stiletto standing on my chest). The pain interrupted my daily life. I saw a gastrointerologist and I was told it was just bad heartburn (after many expensive tests). I have been on prevacid, aciphex, and zantac. None of which made it completely go away. Then he suggested it was stress induced. I started seeing a psychiatrist and took xanax and a variety of other anti-anxiety medications. While the heartburn did not go away it was infrequent enough that I could have a normal life again but the side-effects were terrible. I finally stopped all of the meds but the chest and stomach pain (with some nausea) are back. At this point I am lost about what to do. I am not sure if it was anxiety causing the problem to begin with or not. Has anyone had a problem like this before? What should I do to get rid of heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      Peppermint tea or peppermint cordial
      I had to have them when I had Gallstones, this was advised by the hospital, as I had billiary colic
      Try it they really work

  20. QUESTION:
    Any good home remedies for morning sickness?
    My wife has morning sickness bad. We have tried everything so want that it not common that we have not tried.

    • ANSWER:
      Each woman is different where morning sickness cures are concerned. What works for one, may or many not work for another. Below you will find ideas which you can try:

      * Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been scientifically shown to help morning sickness. You can find Vitamin B6 at your local drugstore or health food store. Just recently, companies have started to incorporate therapeutic doses of Vitamin B6 into their products to help you cure your morning sickness. One is B-Natal TheraPops are cherry flavored lollipops which have been shown to help cure morning sickness for many women. Another Vitamin B-6 enriched product is called Morning Sickness Magic. Morning Sickness Magic is a herbal remedy containing Ginger, Vitamin B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf and Folic Acid.

      * Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.

      * Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.

      * Get enough sleep at night.

      * Get out of bed slowly in the morning.

      * Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

      * Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.

      * Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.

      * Ginger in capsules form 250 mg. three times daily can be beneficial. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. You can also get the benefit of using ginger by chewing on crystallized ginger or sucking on ginger hard candies.

      * Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.

      * Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.

      * Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.

      * Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)

      * Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.

      * Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.

      * Do not drink fluids with your meals.

      * Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help came nausea.

      * Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.

      * Do not skip meals if you can help it.

      * Try taking your prenatal vitamins later in the day. Pregnancy Plus prenatal vitamins are smaller in size and are less likely to upset your stomach. You may also want to consider taking your prenatal vitamin at night before you go to bed to give it a chance to be absorbed overnight.

      * Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.

      * Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

      Doctor Prescribed Medications
      If your morning sickness is severe enough, your doctor may prescribe medication that will help you reclaim some normality in your life. If you are unable to keep food or water down for any length of time, PLEASE talk to your doctor to see what can be done. Extensive weight loss / dehydration can be harmful to both mom and baby. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your situation and health profile and decide which medication will be most helpful in giving you morning sickness relief. The medications prescribed are administered in three different ways depending on the severity of the morning sickness and the medication: orally, intravenously, and in suppository format.

      For an extensive listing of the medications which can be prescribed for severe morning sickness relief, please visit Hyperemesis.org.

  21. QUESTION:
    Looking for an alternative remedy for Acid Reflux?
    My four year old suffers from a horrible case of Acid Reflux which actually causes him to develop pneumonia, as he is aspirating fluids into his lungs. Can anybody recommend an alternative remedy (herbal preferably) to the Zantac that his pediatrician has prescribed?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi RedLakeDog

      Here is a long term action plan and #6 has the quick fix.

      Causes of Heartburn
      The most common causes of heartburn are overeating, and eating meals that are predominantly acid-forming and abundant in unhealthy fats, spices, and commercially processed foods. Heartburn can also be caused by low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl), deficiencies in the body’s production of enzymes, poor adrenal and/or spleen function, and/or diminished liver function due to toxicity. Hiatal hernia, stress, or smoking, can cause heartburn, as well.

      In addition, food allergies lead to poor digestion which can also contribute to heartburn, as can combining too many different types of foods at the same meal. Heartburn can be brought on by drinking excess fluids during mealtime, eating too fast, or eating in a stressed environment. Heartburn can also be connected to constipation, similar to a backed up septic system. In this case, the body can have a difficult time digesting and processing the food coming in, if the previous meal is not going down and being eliminated properly.

      Quick Action Plan for Preventing and Treating Heartburn (Acid Reflux of GERD)
      .

      1. Conventional physicians recommend over-the-counter antacid medications for heartburn. Although these drugs can provide temporary relief, long-term use may be harmful, as they reduce the amount of stomach acids necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of food.

      2. Screen for food allergies, which contribute to poor digestion, thus leading to heartburn. Avoid the following: foods you are allergic to, eating too many different types of foods at the same meal, drinking excess fluids during the meal, wolfing down food, or eating under stress.

      3. Avoid overeating, do not eat acid forming foods, commercially-processed foods, overly spicy foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats or oils, coffee, chocolate, sodas, excess alcohol, orange and grapefruit juice, tomato products, pasteurized milk or dairy products, and foods containing peppermint and spearmint.

      4. Eat an organic whole foods diet, full of organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable juices, especially freshly-made cucumber juice, which can provide instant relief. Free-range organic meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish are recommended. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

      5. Avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening, and allow at least three hours between meals, unless blood sugar problems are an issue.

      6. For quick relief from heartburn symptoms, eat apples, raw cucumbers (peeled), brown rice, and walnuts. Try sipping a glass of pure, filtered water with a couple of teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, or baking soda, which can quickly neutralize heartburn attacks.

      7. Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm. The tea, or essential oil of cardamom, relieves symptoms for many.

      8. Homeopathy remedies that help are Arsenicum album, Nux vomica, and Sulfur.

      9. If you smoke, stop, and begin an exercise program as soon as possible.

      10. Take digestive enzymes with every meal, along with calcium carbonate, 600 mg in liquid or chewable form every two to three hours until symptoms subside. Take Probiotics such as acidophilus and Bifidobacteria according to directions.

      11. Stress reduction techniques such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises, along with meditation, can be highly effective.

      12. Do a colon cleanse to help remove excess waste and toxins in the blood. This will help filter in new blood cells to heal the issue.

      Best of health to you

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I stop having heart burn?
    I have tried low fat diet, but I still suffer from heart burn. How do i stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      G'day Bu Ang,

      Thanks for the question.

      I would see your doctor.

      The sensation of heartburn is caused by exposure of the lower esophagus to the acidic contents of the stomach. Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) separating the stomach from the esophagus is supposed to contract to prevent this situation. If the sphincter relaxes for any reason (as normally occurs during swallowing), stomach contents, mixed with gastric acid, can return into the esophagus. This return is also known as reflux, and may progress to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) if it occurs frequently. Peristalsis, the rhythmic wave of muscular contraction in the esophagus, normally moves food down and past the LES and is responsible for ultimately clearing refluxed stomach contents. In addition, gastric acid can be neutralized by buffers present in saliva.

      Foods that may cause problems with heartburn include:

      * Alcohol
      * Coffee, tea, cola, and other caffeinated and carbonated beverages
      * Chocolate
      * Citrus fruits and juices
      * Tomatoes and tomato sauces (such as pizza and pasta sauce)
      * Spicy foods and fatty foods (including full-fat dairy products)
      * Peppermint and spearmint
      * Dry foods such as peanuts
      * Fatty foods such as ice cream

      Stress can also be a factor.

      Physicians typically diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) based on symptoms alone. When the clinical presentation is unclear, other tests can be performed to confirm the diagnosis or exclude other disorders.

      If heartburn occurs when lying down, raising the head with pillows or sitting up frequently provides relief – although care must be taken to avoid placing continuous strain on the neck. Avoidance of certain foods shortly before bedtime is frequently advised to avoid future attacks.

      Antacids, H2-receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors are used in that order to treat heartburn.

      I would speak to your doctor and he can make further inquiries.

      I have enclosed some references for your benefit.

      Regards

  23. QUESTION:
    Why do i get heartburn when i have milk/icecream at night?
    whenever i have milk/icecream after about 8 or 9 pm i get very bad heartburn my saliva gets so thick sorry TMI but its so uncomfortable why does this happen, i dont have any other symptoms like naseau or stomach pain just heartburn that hurts :( Never ,ever in the daytime though Why do you think it happens??

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.Similarly, high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      • Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      • Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      • Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      • Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      • Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      • Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      • Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      - Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      - Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      - Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      - Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      - Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      - Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I stop the constant gas?
    Recently, gas has keep erupting in my system and I can't get it to stop. I have to change my underwear everyday.

    What can I do so I don't have to constantly pass gas?

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal to pass gas 6-25 times a day.
      ost of this gas is reabsorbed into the blood stream, leaving only about 600 milliliters to escape, roughly 2½ cups. Most of this escapes our bodies without us even realizing it, but sometimes it leaves in an unmistakable, ahem, fashion -- usually in the form of burping or flatulence. When this happens more than usual, people complain they have excessive gas, thinking their bodies are producing more, which is generally not the case.

      Bloating, cramping and the feeling of extra gaseous emanations are usually the result of decreased intestinal motility, meaning the bowels aren't moving their contents along fast enough. A sudden increase of fiber in the diet can cause the intestines to slow down and gas to build up, but eventually the body adjusts.

      Intestinal gas is made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide. The latter 3 gases account for the more toxic levels of the odor. The composition of the gas varies depending on the types of intestinal bacteria that are present.
      The most common factors which contribute to gas production are eating patterns and bacterial composition of the intestine.
      Foods that cause an increase in gas production include:
      --Milk products especially if you are lactose-intolerant which means that you do not have the enzyme lactase needed to digest the carbohydrate, lactose.
      --Carbonated beverages
      --Spicy, fried or fatty foods
      --Broccoli, cabbage, onions, celery
      --Beans
      --Apple or prune juice
      --Dried fruits
      --Anything containing sorbitol, mannitol or maltitol, found in many low-carb or sugar-free foods

      Other factors that increase gas production include:
      --Anything that increases swallowing of air such as talking while eating, chewing gum or sucking on candy, using a straw or sports bottle, deep sighing, smoking or chewing tobacco, or ill fitting dentures.
      --Tight-fitting garments
      --Long-term use of medications for relief of cold symptoms
      --Smoking or chewing tobacco
      --Overloading your stomach
      --Constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      Other than altering the flatugenic behaviors already mentioned, these remedies may be helpful.
      --Lactase found in products such as Lactaid can be taken to help with the digestion of lactose when consuming dairy products.
      --Beano contains the enzyme which breaks down raffinose, the carbohydrate in beans.
      --Simethicone (Gas-X, Mylicon) breaks down the gas bubbles to help dissolve them.--Some natural remedies include peppermint and chamomile tea, fennel, anise, and turmeric.
      --Fiber products such as Metamucil and Citrucel may also be helpful if Irritable Bowel Syndrome is present. However, these products may initially increase gas.

      It is advised to seek medical attention if gas production is accompanied by weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn or blood in the stool, or if there is an increase in frequency, location or severity of the symptom.

      Hope this helps LEW

  25. QUESTION:
    What should u do or take when u have an upset stomach and vomiting?
    For dinner i ate rice, a bagel sandwich, and half a donut. I vomited twice in the middle of the night. I still feel sick. Should i drink ginger ale or take pepto bismol? any remidies or medicines would be fine.

    • ANSWER:
      STEP 1: Drink a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda stirred well and dissolved in a 1/2 glass of water to relieve the rumble of acid indigestion or heartburn. Drink the mixture quickly and repeat in two hours, if needed. Adults under 60 can safely do this up to seven times in one 24-hour period.
      STEP 2: Eat a banana. Bananas soothe the stomach and counteract the acids that cause upset stomach. They are also easily digested and can help to ease diarrhea.
      STEP 3: Drink strong ginger ale or tea, or chew on a piece of candied ginger to relieve nausea. In China, ginger has been used to treat upset stomach for 2,000 years.
      STEP 4: Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach.
      STEP 5: Relax. Take a warm bath, lie down and listen to music, curl up with a good book. Let go of stress in a way that works for you.
      STEP 6: Avoid foods and drinks that may cause upset stomach or gas. Some of these are coffee, onions, cauliflower, chocolate, fried foods and baked beans.

  26. QUESTION:
    Herbal or Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach?
    I've had an upset stomach for the last few days. It has felt like indegestion, then it starts to feel like simple pain bot accompanied with nasuea. I've been doing the whole pepto bismal and tums treatment, but it hasn't helped. Does anyone have an rememdies that doesn't include these medicines. I really would prefer some natural remedies or even different teas to try. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First, make sure you are not pregnant. No, I'm not kidding!
      We don't want to hurt any babies here.
      Ginger is a specific for nausea and heartburn. Grated ginger
      root, steeped for five minutes in boiling hot water, cooled and
      drink. Or, mint; peppermint is best, followed by spearmint,
      chocolate mint. Steep the same in a tea.
      Limit your intake of sugars, spicy food, acidic food. And if the
      pain continues, please see your doctor. You may have an
      ulcer. which could cause these symptoms.
      Good luck and better health to you.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have extreme gas and bloating of the stomach. Any advice on medications to take?
    I've been experiencing lots of gas in my stomach as well as bloating. I'm belching all day long and my stomach gets as hard as a rock. I don't have pains, but I do have nausea. Sometimes the gas is so bad I just want to vomit. Furthermore, my stomach is so swollen people are now asking if I'm pregnant! (Of course, they should know that if I were, that it would be my lower abdomen that would be big, not upper.) I don't know what to do. I haven't gone to the doctor yet because, honestly, I no longer have health insurance. I'd like to find a strong and effective over-the-counter medication that works! I've tried Gas-X and almost everything else, but NOTHING works. I do have some Zantacs around the house and am wondering if these will work for gas (I'm aware they're taken for heartburn). Anyone have any advice? I'm willing to pay more for something that'll work. Please help! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      strong brewed peppermint herbal tea would be my first suggestion, we give it to post surgical patients in the hospital that have alot of gas. (no sweetners, no sugar)
      Next, alka seltzer, it will make you burp like crazy.
      you also need to address the cause of the gas....it is common if this condition comes on suddenly, that it is caused by developing a lactose intolerance, so try not eating any dairy products what so ever for a couple of weeks and see if that fixes the problem.
      The other possibility is a gall bladder problem, in which case fats would be the culprit and you would need to go on a totally fat free diet. Hope this information is some help to you.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there anything wrong with farting a lot?
    I ALWAYS need to fart! It's soo embrassing, does anyone know the reasons for this, ways to prevent it or if there's anything wrong with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Not if you ask any of the men in my family. It is one of their proud traditions. I do not mean to make lightly of your flatulence problem as it can be embarrassing for us women, especially in a public place.

      How long have you had this and is it mild or severe? If I always need to pass gas, I would have this professionally checked out by my doctor.

      Call your doctor if You have other symptoms in addition to gas, like abdominal or rectal pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or weight loss.

      There are products on the market for this, one is Beano which you take before you eat something you know will give you gas. Drinking peppermint or chamomile tea after a meal helps me. And I have to eat slowly and chew thoroughly as I tend to swallow air a lot which is one of the causes. Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    GERD, does lying down on bed and putting some medicated oil helps u to feel better?
    When i feel nausea, altho doc says is reflux. But i doubt so? Strangely when i feel nausea lying down on a bed and applying some medicated oil, then burping does really makes me feel better. Anyone felt the same?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi RainbowBear

      Here is a long term action plan and #6 has the quick fix.

      Causes of Heartburn
      The most common causes of heartburn are overeating, and eating meals that are predominantly acid-forming and abundant in unhealthy fats, spices, and commercially processed foods. Heartburn can also be caused by low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl), deficiencies in the body’s production of enzymes, poor adrenal and/or spleen function, and/or diminished liver function due to toxicity. Hiatal hernia, stress, or smoking, can cause heartburn, as well.

      In addition, food allergies lead to poor digestion which can also contribute to heartburn, as can combining too many different types of foods at the same meal. Heartburn can be brought on by drinking excess fluids during mealtime, eating too fast, or eating in a stressed environment. Heartburn can also be connected to constipation, similar to a backed up septic system. In this case, the body can have a difficult time digesting and processing the food coming in, if the previous meal is not going down and being eliminated properly.

      Quick Action Plan for Preventing and Treating Heartburn (Acid Reflux of GERD)
      .

      1. Conventional physicians recommend over-the-counter antacid medications for heartburn. Although these drugs can provide temporary relief, long-term use may be harmful, as they reduce the amount of stomach acids necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of food.

      2. Screen for food allergies, which contribute to poor digestion, thus leading to heartburn. Avoid the following: foods you are allergic to, eating too many different types of foods at the same meal, drinking excess fluids during the meal, wolfing down food, or eating under stress.

      3. Avoid overeating, do not eat acid forming foods, commercially-processed foods, overly spicy foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats or oils, coffee, chocolate, sodas, excess alcohol, orange and grapefruit juice, tomato products, pasteurized milk or dairy products, and foods containing peppermint and spearmint.

      4. Eat an organic whole foods diet, full of organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable juices, especially freshly-made cucumber juice, which can provide instant relief. Free-range organic meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish are recommended. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

      5. Avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening, and allow at least three hours between meals, unless blood sugar problems are an issue.

      6. For quick relief from heartburn symptoms, eat apples, raw cucumbers (peeled), brown rice, and walnuts. Try sipping a glass of pure, filtered water with a couple of teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, or baking soda, which can quickly neutralize heartburn attacks.

      7. Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm. The tea, or essential oil of cardamom, relieves symptoms for many.

      8. Homeopathy remedies that help are Arsenicum album, Nux vomica, and Sulfur.

      9. If you smoke, stop, and begin an exercise program as soon as possible.

      10. Take digestive enzymes with every meal, along with calcium carbonate, 600 mg in liquid or chewable form every two to three hours until symptoms subside. Take Probiotics such as acidophilus and Bifidobacteria according to directions.

      11. Stress reduction techniques such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises, along with meditation, can be highly effective.

      Best of health to you

  30. QUESTION:
    is there any natural remedies for heart burn and flatulence ?
    i m suffering from heart burn and flatulence since last one year i tried every medicine but it only help for ashort time plzz tell me if therte any natural remedies for it.

    • ANSWER:
      There may be several factors that we don't know about you so it is difficult to give advice that will help.

      When you get heartburn, immediately drink water to flush the acid out of your esphogus. I have had a problem with this also and take Nexium. None of the other medications help. My MD said to keep pepcid OTC on hand in case I have break through heartburn.

      Flatulence is most often related to diet, and sometimes to those habits that cause you to swallow air. You can begin by trying to remove the problem foods from your diet. For many people, this is a trial-and-error procedure.

      •This may take some careful observation to notice what foods cause increased gas. Keep a food diary and note excess passage of gas. Any of the gas-producing foods can be removed from your diet one group at a time until you see relief. Sorbitol and fructose are common offenders, so try these first.

      •If this method does not work, a more restrictive approach is to start with a very limited number of safe foods, and add one new food every 48 hours in order to determine what food or food group causes difficulty. If the offending food is found, then you can avoid eating that food or be prepared for its consequences.

      •If you suspect lactose intolerance is the problem, remove all dairy foods from your diet for 10-14 days to assess the effect on flatulence (using a diary). The enzyme lactase, which aids with lactose digestion, is available in liquid and tablet form without a prescription (Lactaid, Lactrase, and Dairy Ease are familiar brand names). Adding a few drops of liquid lactase to milk before drinking it or chewing lactase tablets just before eating helps digest foods that contain lactose. Also, lactose-reduced milk and other products are available at many grocery stores (Lactaid and Dairy Ease).

      •If odor is a concern, there is also some reported success with charcoal filter undergarments.

      •If belching is a problem, you should avoid the behaviors that cause you to swallow air, such as chewing gum or eating hard candy. Eat slowly. Make sure your dentures fit properly if you wear them.

      •In general, avoid overeating because this contributes to flatulence as well as obesity. Limit high-fat foods to reduce bloating and discomfort. Your stomach will empty faster, allowing gases to move into the small intestine

      Re heartburn:
      For mild or occasional symptoms, simple lifestyle modifications can be helpful.

      •Avoid large meals.

      •Avoid caffeine (coffee, teas, some soft drinks).

      •Avoid foods or drinks that reduce pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter such as chocolate, peppermint, caffeine-containing beverages, and fatty or fried foods.

      •Avoid foods that damage the esophagus such as spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces.

      •After eating, beware of activities that force acid back into your esophagus. Such activities include lifting, straining, coughing, and wearing tight clothing.

      •Use gravity to your advantage. Avoid lying down within 3 hours of meals. If you suffer from nighttime heartburn, elevate the head of your bed when sleeping. Place 6-inch blocks underneath the head of the bed, or place a wedge under the mattress. Simply using more pillows under your head will not help. In fact, it may worsen the heartburn by increasing the pressure on your stomach.

      •Lose weight if you are overweight.

      •Stop smoking.

      •Limit alcohol intake.

      •Antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, or Rolaids can also be helpful. Antacids work by neutralizing acid. They should be taken 1 hour after meals or when heartburn symptoms occur.

      •Low doses of drugs that block the production of stomach acid are available over-the-counter. Some examples include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and famotidine (Pepcid).

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a natural or herbal cure for heartburn?
    I would love a reply from a naturopath or similar .

    • ANSWER:
      There are many heartburn natural remedies that you can add to your pantry for use when symptoms of heartburn flare up.

      One of the popular home remedies for heartburn is fennel. You may have fennel seeds in your spice rack. You can make a tea by seeping one or two teaspoons of seeds in boiling water. There are also heartburn natural remedies available from companies that sell other herbs and natural products. Many of these include fennel oil.

      Another one of the home remedies for heartburn is peppermint. Other mints may be useful as well. Peppermint oil is an ingredient in several over the counter heartburn products. Peppermint and other mint oils are included in some heartburn natural remedies. You can grow peppermint in your herb garden. For heartburn relief, you can chew on the washed leaves and stems or add them to your fennel tea. It will not only provide additional relief, but improve the flavor of the tea. Many herbal teas are home remedies for heartburn, but caffeinated teas should be avoided. Caffeinated beverages may worsen the symptoms.

      Ginger or gingerroot is an ingredient in many heartburn natural remedies. Gingerroot is available at many grocery stores and is used in cooking, especially in Thai or Asian foods. Rhubarb is one of the home remedies for heartburn. It is not commonly found in products available for purchase as heartburn relief, but chewing on a chilled chunk may provide quick relief. Not only is the rhubarb soothing, but the chewing action increases the flow of saliva and saliva naturally neutralizes the stomach acid that causes the heartburn symptoms.

      That's My Best Answer! Hope it can help!

  32. QUESTION:
    What Kind Of Foods Prevents you From Vomiting?
    Is like Mixing foods together when your eating meal.?
    Because Last time I threw up I think because I ate Peanut Butter and Cereal few hours later.

    • ANSWER:
      Mixing very acidic foods with very alkaline foods can sometimes cause nausea, gas, and even vomiting in people who are particularly sensitive to pH. Here's a pretty basic list of foods that should not be eaten at the same time: http://www.kamron.com/Health/food1.htm
      Of course this is really only for people with VERY sensitive digestive systems. Most people can combine these foods with no real problem.

      When your stomach is upset:

      Ginger ale and other foods and drinks with ginger help to calm the stomach. Most commercial ginger ales don't actually have all that much ginger in them, so ginger tea or a piece of candied ginger might be a better choice.

      Peppermint tea and peppermint extract will lessen cramps.

      For stomach aches and nausea caused by indigestion, heartburn, or overeating a teaspoon or so of baking soda mixed in a glass of water does wonders.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is acid reflux disease a permanent condition?
    I've had frequent heartburn going on for 9 years now. Is this a permanent condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      Here is a long term action plan and #6 has the quick fix.

      Causes of Heartburn
      The most common causes of heartburn are overeating, and eating meals that are predominantly acid-forming and abundant in unhealthy fats, spices, and commercially processed foods. Heartburn can also be caused by low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl), deficiencies in the body’s production of enzymes, poor adrenal and/or spleen function, and/or diminished liver function due to toxicity. Hiatal hernia, stress, or smoking, can cause heartburn, as well.

      In addition, food allergies lead to poor digestion which can also contribute to heartburn, as can combining too many different types of foods at the same meal. Heartburn can be brought on by drinking excess fluids during mealtime, eating too fast, or eating in a stressed environment. Heartburn can also be connected to constipation, similar to a backed up septic system. In this case, the body can have a difficult time digesting and processing the food coming in, if the previous meal is not going down and being eliminated properly.

      Quick Action Plan for Preventing and Treating Heartburn (Acid Reflux of GERD)
      .

      1. Conventional physicians recommend over-the-counter antacid medications for heartburn. Although these drugs can provide temporary relief, long-term use may be harmful, as they reduce the amount of stomach acids necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of food.

      2. Screen for food allergies, which contribute to poor digestion, thus leading to heartburn. Avoid the following: foods you are allergic to, eating too many different types of foods at the same meal, drinking excess fluids during the meal, wolfing down food, or eating under stress.

      3. Avoid overeating, do not eat acid forming foods, commercially-processed foods, overly spicy foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, hydrogenated fats or oils, coffee, chocolate, sodas, excess alcohol, orange and grapefruit juice, tomato products, pasteurized milk or dairy products, and foods containing peppermint and spearmint.

      4. Eat an organic whole foods diet, full of organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable juices, especially freshly-made cucumber juice, which can provide instant relief. Free-range organic meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish are recommended. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

      5. Avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening, and allow at least three hours between meals, unless blood sugar problems are an issue.

      6. For quick relief from heartburn symptoms, eat apples, raw cucumbers (peeled), brown rice, and walnuts. Try sipping a glass of pure, filtered water with a couple of teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, or baking soda, which can quickly neutralize heartburn attacks.

      7. Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm. The tea, or essential oil of cardamom, relieves symptoms for many.

      8. Homeopathy remedies that help are Arsenicum album, Nux vomica, and Sulfur.

      9. If you smoke, stop, and begin an exercise program as soon as possible.

      10. Take digestive enzymes with every meal, along with calcium carbonate, 600 mg in liquid or chewable form every two to three hours until symptoms subside. Take Probiotics such as acidophilus and Bifidobacteria according to directions.

      11. Stress reduction techniques such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises, along with meditation, can be highly effective.

      Best of health to you

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you calm a horrible stomach ace?
    My stomach has been hurting for 3 hours. I got my stomach ace from eating a lemon with salt. Now my stomach hurting really bad. Please help me, I AM SERIOUSLY DIEING! Lol, no really help me. >:3

    • ANSWER:
      tum, tum, tum, tum, tums.

      TUMS is your answer. OR

      for stomach aches---- Home Remedies

      1. Lie on your back with a cold rag on your stomach.
      2. Your feet must be at a higher level than the rest of your body. Try putting some pillows below your feet and the ache may go away.
      3. Eat a herb which aids digestion, such as ginger ale, or Aloe Vera Juice (an anti-parasitic that aids digestion). Similar herbal teas that help digestion include mint, ginger or chamomile tea.
      4. Place a heating pad on your abdomen to give temporary pain relief.
      5. Lie down for a few minutes and relax don't do any activities even if you feel better. Make sure you feel better for good or you'll make yourself even more sick!
      * Close your eyes.
      * Place a cool moist wash over your forhead and watch tv and just relax.
      * Breathe slowly and evenly, trying to keep your mind off of the pain.
      * Listen to some music if you get bored.
      * Sip a glass of iced water slowly.
      * Eat Saltine crackers or toast. Sometimes stomach aches are caused by too much acid floating around in your stomach with nothing to do. These foods will help absorb the acid to make things a little more comfortable. Also, sipping a glass of water will help to dilute the acid in your stomach. Drinking an alkali like milk can neutralize the acid in your stomach too, but be careful as too much of a thicker substance, such as milk, can cause the stomach ache to worsen. You may also just be hungry!
      * Lie on your left side for 5 minutes on a comfortable couch or bed to see whether it will allow you to burp. This is because the stomach is on the left side of the body and the esophagus enters the stomach on the right. So, the bubbles of gas can rise to that entry point and make a burp possible.
      * Avoid spicy foods, heavy foods, or rich desserts until your stomach feels completely better.
      * Don't drink any energy drinks while dealing with a stomach ache.
      * Loud noises that could start a headache will only worsen a stomach ache.
      * Drinking black coffee tends to aid the digestive process.
      * Try TUMS or Pepto-Bismol.
      * Try carbonated beverages such as ginger ale, carbonated mineral water (mix with juice to add flavour), or tonic water (with quinine, it tastes horrible but it works!)
      * Avoid drinking dairy products, though if the stomach ache is being caused by too much acid inside the stomach, it is a good idea to drink milk which is an alkali (since alkalis such as milk, plus an acid will neutralize each other)
      * Place an ice cube above, on, or below your belly button and lie down. This may numb the pain temporarily.
      * Use a hot water bottle pressed to your abdomen, but be careful it's not so hot that it burns you.
      * Try taking a warm bath and relaxing for a little bit in the tub.
      * Sit down comfortably and bring your knees up to your chest and stay like that for a minute or two. When you stretch your legs out again, do so slowly.

      Sip a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea if your stomach is upset. Both of these teas soothe upset stomachs, reduce gas and help the stomach to calm down so spasms stop. If you are experiencing heartburn with your stomach ache, though, stick to chamomile, because the peppermint might aggravate the heartburn.

  35. QUESTION:
    why am i getting indegestion all the time?
    It seems what ever i eat im getting indegestion all the time, not acid heartburn, but the aching in the chest kind? any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      there are a lot of things that can cause the feeling of indigestion. being very stressed. food intolerances. celiac disease. ulcers. overeating. gallbladder issues. lots of things.

      if it truly is indigestion, eating smaller, fiber-rich meals more frequently, chewing your food thoroughly, drinking extra water (not with meals-it dilutes your stomach juices) and taking some digestive enzymes should help. you can usually find enzymes at health food stores. you can also try drinking some peppermint herbal tea to see if this aids your digestion at all. if it does, you may not be producing enough stomach acid. plain old herbal tea with honey can help deal with indigestion once it has started, honey is a natural analgesic.

      if this doesn't help, i would trek off to your doctor for her/his opinion.

  36. QUESTION:
    I'm having a Heartburn for the first time at age 19. What does this mean?
    I ate some garlic recently and maybe because of food allergy, it caused a severe heartburn, which never happened to me before in my entire life. I started drinking fennel tea and changed my diet. After few days, it got a lot better, but it still comes back when I eat certain food.

    So my question is, at what age do people usually get heartburn for the first time? Will I be ok if I keep doing this diet? Am I having chronic heartburn? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn is that burning sensation you experience under your breastbone after you've eaten something you liked that didn't like you. Sometimes it's mistaken for a heart attack. Or worse, a heart attack may be labeled as heartburn.
      Heartburn s the result of esophageal reflux, which is the failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (the middle at the end of the esophagus). Normally this muscle relaxes to let food into the stomach, then immediately contracts to close off the esophagus from the stomach contents. But if the muscle weakens--a common result of pregnancy and, sometimes, obesity--acid and bile from the stomach can back up into the unprotected esophagus and irritate it, causing a burning sensation in the chest.
      Many foods can trigger heartburn. Peppermint, spearmint, fatty foods and chocolate are among the most menacing. Citrus juice, tomato products, coffee (yes, even decaff!), tea, colas, and alcohol can also aggravate or initiate heartburn.
      Certain drugs also have been indicted. Progesterone in oral contraceptives, nicotine, the tranquilizer Valium, antibiotics such as tetracycline, asthma medications such as aminophyulline, and certain heart medicates are just a few examples. The acidity in Vitamin C tablets can also cause the problem.
      Heartburn can also be disease related. The major symptom of a gastric ulcer is a burning, gnawing pain, usually felt throughout the upper part of the abdomen and sometimes in the lower chest. It usually occurs just after eating and can last from half an hour to three hours. The problem can come and go, with weeks of intermittent pain alternating with short pain-free periods. A duodenal ulcer produces a similar gnawing pain, usually confined to a small area in the upper middle abdomen but sometimes radiating throughout. The pain is often temporarily relieved by eating but then returns several hours later and lasts for a couple of hours. It's often worst at night. In fact, nighttime aggravation us such a telltale sign that if you are being awakened by pain the wee small hours, take that as a clue that you may have a duodenal ulcer.
      Responses:
      The first reaction to an attack of heartburn is usually to take an antacid tablet such as Rolaids and lie down. But it's the wrong reaction. The best way to get immediate relief from heartburn is to take a liquid antacid such as Mylanta and sit up. Sitting up helps reduce the pressure against the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. And while antacid tables may be more convenient, .liquid preparations have the edge because they coat more of the surface of the esophagus and stomach, providing more soothing relief.
      Antacids contain at least one of four neutralizing ingredients--sodium bicarb, calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide--each of which can have its own set of side effects. For this reason, antacids should be used only for occasional bouts of heartburn. Long-term use should be monitored by a health care professional.
      Antacids containing calcium carbonate such as Tums and Alka-Mints and Aluminum hydroxide such as AlternaGel can cause constipation. Sodium-containing products can load up your system with sodium. AND ANY ANTACID CAN INTERACT WITH CERTAIN ANTBIOTRICS< HEART MEDICARTIONS AND OTHER DRUGS.
      To minimize attacks, avoid the foods or drugs that aggravate heartburn. This can be done by keeping a food diary and noting which food or foods bringing on an attack.
      In addition, you should eat small, frequent meals instead of infrequent, heavy ones, eat your last meal of the day several hours before bedtime, rinse your esophagus frequently by lowing slipping water throughout the day and avoid lying down after meals.
      If heartburn is a frequent problem at night, raise the head of your bred four to six inches. This will elevate your upper body without folding you in half which can aggravate the condition. And avoid using extra pillows for the same reason.

  37. QUESTION:
    What home remedies cure an upset stomach?
    PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      The kind of pain you're having determines what will be the most helpful. You didn't say where the pain is or what it feels like, so I'll just give you some general suggestions.

      If the pain is above your bellybutton (feels like burning in your chest, nausea, taste of acid in the back of your throat, or other symptoms associated with heartburn/acid reflux):

      1. Sip on cool water, it will help dilute the acid reflux in your stomach and make it less caustic.
      2. Ginger. Chew on ginger candies, make ginger tea, or drink ginger ale. Ginger is an excellent herb for treating nausea. I keep a box of ginger candies on hand at all times and chew on one whenever my stomach gives me a hard time, I swear by them.
      3. Suck on a lemon drop, or better yet, squeeze some lemon juice into a glass of water and sip. Lemon is also great for neutralizing an upset stomach.
      4. Anything minty. Try peppermint tea, peppermint candies, or even mint gum if that's all you have. If you have bad acid reflux though, mint might make the problem worse because it relaxes your sphincter valve, so use with caution.
      5. Apple cider vinegar. It tastes disgusting but if you mix a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar in 4-8 oz. of water and add honey, the taste is tolerable. Sip the diluted mixture and it will help relieve acid-related stomach pain, although it is by far the least appealing of all the suggestions taste-wise. It is almost guaranteed to work, though, if all else fails.

      If the pain is below your belly button (cramping, sharp pains, diarrhea, constipation, etc.):

      1. Take a walk. Walking helps loosen up your intestines and makes them contract more effectively, relieving any pain you might be having from food that disagrees with you, IBS, or whatever may be causing you to have intestinal pain. Even just walking around your house for 10 or 15 minutes will help.
      2. Find a comfortable position to lay in with a heating pad, and lay that way for a while. It may be on your back, on one of your sides, with your head propped up on pillows, or curled up in the fetal position. When you get comfortable, stay that way for a while and let the heat from the heating pad relax your tense lower abdominal muscles. Our bodies tense up when we're in pain, and the tensing muscles of your abdomen will make the intestinal pain worse.

      You can also try over the counter medications like Pepto Bismol, Maalox, Mylanta, Immodium, etc. if natural solutions aren't working for you. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a 14 year old to have heart burn? and is it bad for you?
    Is it bad for you? can it be fatal? What causes it? and What is it supposed to feel like?
    thankyou! this helps alot

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible at this age and mostly due to hyperacidity/reflux. In the prevention section below you find what causes it. If you take care, it will never bother you.

      Heartburn or pyrosis is a painful and burning sensation in the esophagus, just behind the breastbone usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux).

      Relief is often found by raising the head of the bed, raising the upper body with pillows, or sleeping sitting up. Avoid pillows that raise the head only, as this does little for heartburn and places continuous strain on the neck. Eating a big meal causes excess stomach acid production, and attacks can be minimized by eating small frequent meals instead of large meals especially for dinner. To minimize attacks, a sufferer may benefit from avoiding certain foods that stimulate excess acid secretion and/or relax the opening between the stomach and esophagus. Acid fruit or juice, fatty foods, pretzels, coffee, tea, onions, peppermint, chocolate, or highly spiced foods are to be avoided, especially shortly before bedtime.

      Tight clothing around the abdomen can also increase the risk for heartburn because it puts pressure on the stomach, which can cause the food and acids in the stomach to reflux to the lower esophageal sphincter.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can heartburn feel like you got punched in the stomach and got the wind knocked out?
    It has lasted 4 days and nothing seems to knock it down. It feels like I ate something to big and it just won't get out of my chest.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a combination of gas, heartburn and acid reflux. And, yes, it does feel like someone punched you in the stomach and is sitting on your chest. If not treated, the symptoms could last for days (worse, nights). For a more immediate cure, try Prilosec or Tums with acid relief or drinking a hot cup of peppermint tea (aids digestion and soothes chest region). Not only will each neutralize the acid but they will get rid of that heavy feeling in the chest. You can actually use Prilosec and Tums at the same time since Prilosec is a 7 day program that allows you to deal with the long term acid issue while Tums takes care of the short-term symptoms.

      To prevent a future occurence, wait until 2 1/2 hours after eating before you lie down to prevent the digestive acid from backing up into your esophogus -- hence that heavy feeling on your chest. If you must lie down, stack your pillows so that you are not laying flat. You should be at a 45 degree angle (at best) when you recline. Do not drink large amounts of liquid with your dinner because water/additional liquid dilutes the digestive acid and will cause a back up in your esophogus should you choose to recline. Chew your food slowly. This helps your digestive system because it does not have to work as hard to break down solids in your stomach. The harder your stomach has to work, the more acid is produced. Lastly, do not wait until late in the evening to eat your last meal of the day. Give your body a chance to digest your food. This is a lifestyle change and you should be cautious since acid reflux can trigger an asthmatic response, even if you have never shown signs of asthma. I hope this helps! Feel better!

  40. QUESTION:
    What does acid reflux feel like?
    I have this SHARP pain in upper back and in my chest. sometimes the pain goes up in my throat. Its like I got shot or something. Its been going on for about a month now and it randomly happens. sometimes after I eat and sometimes when i havent eaten anything. Does it sound like acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, heartburnThe most common symptom of acid reflux disease (also known as gastroespohageal reflux disease, or GERD). Heartburn feels like a burning pain in the center of the chest. It is caused by acid from the stomach backing up into the esophagus. is a symptom of acid reflux disease (GERD)Also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Describes the condition of backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus which frequently happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxes more often than it should and/or at inappropriate times. The symptoms of acid reflux disease typically occur on 2 or more days a week.. And if you suffer from persistent heartburn on two or more days a week—and you’ve treated it and changed your diet—it could be due to acid refluxBackflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. Acid reflux frequently happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxes more often than it should and/or at inappropriate times. This allows harsh stomach juices to back up into the esophagus. disease. But only your doctor can tell you if these are signs of acid reflux disease.

      The three most common symptoms of acid reflux disease are:
      Heartburn (a rising, burning sensation in the chest)
      Sour or bitter taste (from the regurgitationBackflow from the stomach of acid, food or drink into the throat or mouth. This can cause a sour taste in the mouth. of stomach contents)
      Difficulty swallowing
      Other symptoms may include:
      Persistent cough
      Hoarseness
      Upset stomach
      Non-cardiac chest pain

      If you suffer from frequent heartburnThe most common symptom of acid reflux disease (also known as gastroespohageal reflux disease, or GERD). Heartburn feels like a burning pain in the center of the chest. It is caused by acid from the stomach backing up into the esophagus., you know certain foods can bring on an unwanted attack.

      The following foods and drinks are known to trigger heartburn:

      Coffee, Tea (decaffeinated and regular)
      Some spices
      Onions
      Caffeinated and/or carbonated beverages
      Tomatoes and tomato juice/sauce
      Alcoholic beverages
      Pepper
      Citrus Fruits
      Fried/fatty foods
      Chocolate
      Peppermint

  41. QUESTION:
    Does green tea make IBS worse?
    I have had ibs problems as long as i can remember. In the past few years i have been drinking tea to help it. I find green tea helps my stomach settle down, but gives me heartburn because of high acid. I have tried peppermint tea, but green tea feels like it helps more. When i look online they say caffeine makes ibs worse. So i was wondering if its helping at the time and causing more problems in the end? I dont drink coffee or pop. But decaf green tea just isnt the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.

      I will try to answer as directly as I possibly can when it comes to caffeine and IBS.

      Caffeine does,and can cause IBS symptoms to worsen,and can cause constipation to worsen also.

      So,the information you found on the internet is/was correct.Although you enjoy the caffeine tea more so than the decaf? I suggest you keep your daily intake of caffeine to a minimum.

      Hope this helps.
      Take care.

  42. QUESTION:
    I wake up and i feel as if my heart is on fire?
    ...Why is my heart feels like its on fire when i wake up?

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn or pyrosis is a painful and burning sensation in the esophagus, just behind the breastbone usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux).

      Relief is often found by raising the head of the bed, raising the upper body with pillows, or sleeping sitting up. Avoid pillows that raise the head only, as this does little for heartburn and places continuous strain on the neck. Eating a big meal causes excess stomach acid production, and attacks can be minimized by eating small frequent meals instead of large meals especially for dinner. To minimize attacks, a sufferer may benefit from avoiding certain foods that stimulate excess acid secretion and/or relax the opening between the stomach and esophagus. Acid fruit or juice, fatty foods, pretzels, coffee, tea, onions, peppermint, chocolate, or highly spiced foods are to be avoided, especially shortly before bedtime.

      Tight clothing around the abdomen can also increase the risk for heartburn because it puts pressure on the stomach, which can cause the food and acids in the stomach to reflux to the lower esophageal sphincter.

  43. QUESTION:
    What to do about nausea and sickness?
    I'm pregnant...and I often feel dizzy or get sick. How did you/ do you cope with this while pregnant? Is there something I could do to feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      Each woman is different where morning sickness cures are concerned. What works for one, may or many not work for another. Below you will find ideas which you can try:

      # Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been scientifically shown to help morning sickness. You can find Vitamin B6 at your local drugstore or health food store. Just recently, companies have started to incorporate therapeutic doses of Vitamin B6 into their products to help you cure your morning sickness. One is B-Natal TheraPops are cherry flavored lollipops which have been shown to help cure morning sickness for many women. Another Vitamin B-6 enriched product is called Morning Sickness Magic. Morning Sickness Magic is a herbal remedy containing Ginger, Vitamin B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf and Folic Acid.

      # Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.

      # Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.

      # Get enough sleep at night.

      # Get out of bed slowly in the morning.

      # Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

      # Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.

      # Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.

      # Ginger in capsules form 250 mg. three times daily can be beneficial. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. You can also get the benefit of using ginger by chewing on crystallized ginger or sucking on ginger hard candies.

      # Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.

      # Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.

      # Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.

      # Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)

      # Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.

      # Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.

      # Do not drink fluids with your meals.

      # Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help came nausea.

      # Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.

      # Do not skip meals if you can help it.

      # Try taking your prenatal vitamins later in the day. Pregnancy Plus prenatal vitamins are smaller in size and are less likely to upset your stomach. You may also want to consider taking your prenatal vitamin at night before you go to bed to give it a chance to be absorbed overnight.

      # Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.

      # Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

      Doctor Prescribed Medications
      If your morning sickness is severe enough, your doctor may prescribe medication that will help you reclaim some normality in your life. If you are unable to keep food or water down for any length of time, PLEASE talk to your doctor to see what can be done. Extensive weight loss / dehydration can be harmful to both mom and baby. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your situation and health profile and decide which medication will be most helpful in giving you morning sickness relief. The medications prescribed are administered in three different ways depending on the severity of the morning sickness and the medication: orally, intravenously, and in suppository format.

  44. QUESTION:
    any good remedies to stop nausea when pregnant?
    my friend is early stages in pregnancy and suffering from nausea badly any decent remedies(home) she can use whilst pregnant? thanks be mature about this please thanks xo

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been scientifically shown to help morning sickness. You can find Vitamin B6 at your local drugstore or health food store. Just recently, companies have started to incorporate therapeutic doses of Vitamin B6 into their products to help you cure your morning sickness. One is B-Natal TheraPops are cherry flavored lollipops which have been shown to help cure morning sickness for many women. Another Vitamin B-6 enriched product is called Morning Sickness Magic. Morning Sickness Magic is a herbal remedy containing Ginger, Vitamin B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf and Folic Acid.
      Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.
      Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
      Get enough sleep at night.
      Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
      Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.
      Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.
      Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.
      Ginger in capsules form 250 mg. three times daily can be beneficial. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. You can also get the benefit of using ginger by chewing on crystallized ginger or sucking on ginger hard candies.
      Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.
      Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.
      Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
      Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)
      Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.
      Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.
      Do not drink fluids with your meals.
      Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help calm nausea.
      Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.
      Do not skip meals if you can help it.
      Try taking your prenatal vitamins later in the day. Pregnancy Plus prenatal vitamins are smaller in size and are less likely to upset your stomach. You may also want to consider taking your prenatal vitamin at night before you go to bed to give it a chance to be absorbed overnight.
      Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
      Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.
      Doctor Prescribed Medications

      If your morning sickness is severe enough, your doctor may prescribe medication that will help you reclaim some normality in your life. If you are unable to keep food or water down for any length of time, PLEASE talk to your doctor to see what can be done. Extensive weight loss / dehydration can be harmful to both mom and baby. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your situation and health profile and decide which medication will be most helpful in giving you morning sickness relief. The medications prescribed are administered in three different ways depending on the severity of the morning sickness and the medication: orally, intravenously, and in suppository format.
      For an extensive listing of the medications which can be prescribed for severe morning sickness relief, please visit Hyperemesis.org.

      from http://www.morningsicknesshelp.com/morning-sickness-cure.html

  45. QUESTION:
    Have you used alternative medicine to treat acid reflux successfully ?
    I'm on Protonix now and the side effects are killing me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Bronco Billy

      Here are some ideas to heal your condition. Be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse to clean out the toxins in the blood.

      Causes of Heartburn/Gerd/or Acidois

      The most common causes of heartburn are overeating, and eating meals that are predominantly acid-forming and abundant in unhealthy fats, spices, and commercially processed foods. Heartburn can also be caused by low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl), deficiencies in the body’s production of enzymes, poor adrenal and/or spleen function, and/or diminished liver function due to toxicity. Hiatal hernia, stress, or smoking, can cause heartburn, as well.

      In addition, food allergies lead to poor digestion which can also contribute to heartburn, as can combining too many different types of foods at the same meal. Heartburn can be brought on by drinking excess fluids during mealtime, eating too fast, or eating in a stressed environment. Heartburn can also be connected to constipation, similar to a backed up septic system. In this case, the body can have a difficult time digesting and processing the food coming in, if the previous meal is not going down and being eliminated properly.

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      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: The essential oil of cardamon can relieve heartburn symptoms.

      Diet: Avoid all commercially processed foods, spicy foods, sugars, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, coffee and other caffeine products, chocolate, sodas, commercial non-herbal teas, alcohol, orange and grapefruit juice, tomato products, milk and dairy products, and foods containing peppermint and spearmint. Also have yourself screened for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods for which you test positive.

      Emphasize a diet rich in organic whole foods, especially organic fresh green vegetables and green vegetable drinks. Free-range organic meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish are also recommended. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of pure filtered water throughout the day.

      Avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening. As a general rule of thumb, in order to prevent and reverse heartburn symptoms, eat meals that are predominantly alkalizing in nature, especially green vegetables. (For more information about how to eat alkalizing foods, see pH.) Meals should ideally consist of generous portions of fresh leafy green salads, bare or lightly dressed, with an equally generous portion of lightly steamed vegetables and a fist sized portion of steamed, baked, broiled or carefully grilled protein. Organically produced foods, and carefully chosen oils, such as raw virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil and high lignan flax seed oil are your safest options. Avoid all fried foods, and all hydrogenated fats and oils. Choose raw, rather than roasted nuts and seeds, both in whole and butter form. Raw almond butter is a better option than peanut butter, and is a great snack when spread on apple slices.

      Minimize your intake of both coffee and black tea, as well as alcoholic beverages. This is essential if heartburn is an issue.

      Foods that can often quickly resolve heartburn problems are apples, raw cucumbers (peeled), brown rice, and walnuts. Sipping a glass of pure, filtered water with a couple of teaspoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar or baking soda (one teaspoon to eight ounces of water) can also quickly neutralize heartburn attacks.

      Herbal Medicine: Useful herbs for heartburn include agrimony, aloe vera, angelica, fennel, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, licorice root, marshmallow root, parsley, and slippery elm.

      Homeopathy:
      Arsenicum album – for heartburn accompanied by anxiety, chills and thirst, abdominal cramping
      Nux vomica – for heartburn caused by fats or sour foods and/or accompanied by feelings of irritability
      Sulfur – for heartburn caused by overeating and/or accompanied by burping, late morning hunger, or early morning diarrhea.

      Juice Therapy: Fresh squeezed cucumber juice can often quickly resolve heartburn symptoms.

      Lifestyle: If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress. A regular exercise program is of the utmost importance as is a whole foods diet. Also avoid overeating and eating meals late in the evening. Allow at least 3 hours between meals, unless blood sugar problems are an issue, in which case, eating smaller frequent meals is an option.

      Nutritional Supplements: The most useful nutritional supplements for treating and preventing heartburn are digestive enzymes (taken with every meal) and calcium carbonate (take 600 mg in liquid or chewable form every two to three hours until symptoms subside).

      Probiotics such as acidophilus and Bifidobacteria, can also be helpful, as can fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and soil-based organisms. FOS is an all-natural carbohydrate microorganism that has been shown by researchers to serve as a fertilizing agent that enables Bifidobacteria to thrive in the large intestine, where it helps to protect against harmful bacteria.

      Soil-based organisms are beneficial microbes found in soil. Taken as a supplement, they go to work to detoxify the gastrointestinal tract while eliminating fungi, molds, parasites, viruses, and yeasts. They also help to improve absorption of nutrients and boost both immune and overall cell function, including the production of RNA and DNA. In addition, they act as natural antioxidants.

      Stress Reduction: Stress reduction techniques are often helpful in relieving heartburn caused or exacerbated by stress and unresolved emotions, such as anger, anxiety, depression, and irritability. Holistic health practitioners help their patients accomplish stress reduction through the use of various mind/body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises.

      Alternative Professional Care
      The following therapies can also help to prevent and relieve heartburn: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme Therapy, Flower Essences, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    anyone have any suggestions for a person with an ulcer as to what foods to eat and what not to?

    • ANSWER:
      Certain foods and drinks may be more likely to make your pain worse. These include both regular and decaffeinated coffee, tea, chocolate, meat extracts, alcohol, black pepper, chili powder, mustard seed and nutmeg. You may want to avoid these things if they bother you. But keep your diet balanced. Try eating small, frequent meals when you're having pain.
      Eating too often can increase the acid in your stomach.

      Keep your intake of milk and dairy products to 3 servings per day or less. Choose lowfat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. This will also help control stomach acid production.

      Foods to Avoid

      Alcohol, black and red pepper, chilies, chili powder, and hot peppers often irritate the stomach lining. Foods with caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. These foods include coffee (regular and decaf), teas, colas, cocoa, chocolate. Avoid or limit these items if they cause you pain.
      Limit your intake of tomatoes, tomato juice, peppermint, fatty foods, and citrus juices. If they cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. You may need to limit seasonings such as onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves if they upset your stomach.

  47. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux/sore chest, antacids don't work?
    I get acid reflux all the time and often just get a really sore chest in general.
    I'm taking medication for acid reflux and also use antacids when I still get heartburn.
    But it doesn't work! I still have that heartburn feeling.
    Could it be something else?
    I'm only 16.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

      Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

      In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
      •Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
      •Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
      •Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
      •Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
      •Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
      •Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
      •Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

      Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

      Try these simple techniques
      Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
      Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
      Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
      Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
      Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
      Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

      Natural Remedies

      Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
      Hope all that helped

      Good Luck!

      For more info & recommendations on other related remedies on acid reflux, you may wish to read further on the link below

  48. QUESTION:
    are there any pills or something to take to prevent morning sickness when pregnant?
    its uncomfortable to teach kids with parents watching while i teach ballet and not knowing whether i will be sick or not.
    is there anything i could take to prevent it??

    • ANSWER:
      If your morning sickness is severe enough, your doctor may prescribe medication that will offer you morning sickness relief. If you have morning sickness where you are unable to keep food or water down for any length of time, PLEASE talk to your doctor to see what can be done. Extensive weight loss / dehydration can be harmful to both mom and baby. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your situation and health profile and decide which medication will be most helpful in giving you morning sickness relief. The medications prescribed are administered in three different ways depending on the severity of the morning sickness and the medication: orally, intravenously, and in suppository format.

      Below you will find ideas which you can try:

      # Try taking your prenatal vitamins later in the day.

      # Vitamin B6 - 50 mg. daily. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with pregnancy induced nausea. There are also products available now which contain therapeutic doses of Vitamin B6. One is B-Natal TheraPops are cherry flavored lollipops which have been shown to reduce pregnancy morning sickness. Another Vitamin B-6 enriched product is called Morning Sickness Magic. Morning Sickness Magic is a herbal remedy containing Ginger, Vitamin B-6, Red Raspberry Leaf and Folic Acid.

      # Ginger in capsules form 250 mg. three times daily can be beneficial. Ginger has long been associated with alleviating nausea. You can also get the benefit of using ginger by chewing on crystallized ginger or sucking on ginger hard candies.

      # Avoid warm places as heat can increase the nausea feelings.

      # Take naps during the day (but not right after eating). Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.

      # Get enough sleep at night.

      # Get out of bed slowly in the morning.

      # Try eating plain crackers or dry cereal before you get out of bed in the morning.

      # Open windows or turn on exhaust fans when cooking and after meals.

      # Cooking in the microwave usually produces less odors.

      # Silly as it sounds, carry a handkerchief with a few drops of a non nausea causing essential oil (lemon for example) in it and breath through it if you can't get away from the smell that is bothering you.

      # Avoid greasy or spicy foods as they often cause nausea or heartburn.

      # Eat what you want when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.

      # Have frequent protein snacks. (Low fat meats and seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high protein.)

      # Eat smaller meals every two hours or so.

      # Eating something salty before a meal can help you "make it through" a meal.

      # Do not drink fluids with your meals.

      # Non caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can help came nausea.

      # Drink small amounts of fluids regularly though out the day to avoid dehydration.

      # Do not skip meals if you can help it.

      # Avoid spicy and fried food - both eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.

      # Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with them.

  49. QUESTION:
    pregnant with heartburn and natural remedies?
    hi im 11 weeks pregnant and am finding it hard to eat and sleep because of heartburn. is there anything natural i can have?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Tari,

      I had the same problem recently so I did a little research: heartburn is caused by several different factors such as certain foods, smoking or stress. To manage it you could try some of the following:

      -frequent smaller meals instead of 3 large ones
      -eat slowly
      -eat at least 3 hours before bedtime as your last meal
      -extra pillow at night to keep head elevated
      -drink luke-warm water or herbal tea after dinner
      -wear looser-fitting clothes
      -avoid 'trigger' foods such as: chocolate (I know!), sugars, onion, citrus fruits / juices, peppermint, coffee, alcohol, fried and fatty foods, mustard, vinegar, tomatoes, spicy foods, processed meats

      Hope this helps and good luck with your pregnancy!

  50. QUESTION:
    What are certain foods or over-the-counter meds you can use to treat an ulcer?

    • ANSWER:
      According to Drugs.com a diet for ulcers and gastritis means eating foods that are mildly flavored and easy to digest. Research does not show that there is one correct diet for every person with stomach problems. You should plan your meals to include only the foods that you tolerate the best. You may need this diet if you have ulcers, gastritis, stomach pain, or too much acid in your stomach. Or you may need this diet if you have had stomach surgery, nausea, vomiting (throwing up), or too much gas.

      Foods to Eat
      The foods you should eat and those you may need to avoid are listed below. Try to eat the number of servings listed for each food group every day to get a balanced diet.

      Eat at regular times each day. Do not divide your food into six small meals unless you have trouble getting enough to eat. Eating too often can increase the acid in your stomach.

      Keep your intake of milk and dairy products to 3 servings per day or less. Choose lowfat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. This will also help control stomach acid production.

      Foods to Avoid
      Alcohol, black and red pepper, chilies, chili powder, and hot peppers often irritate the stomach lining. Foods with caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. These foods include coffee (regular and decaf), teas, colas, cocoa, chocolate. Avoid or limit these items if they cause you pain.

      Limit your intake of tomatoes, tomato juice, peppermint, fatty foods, and citrus juices. If they cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. You may need to limit seasonings such as onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves if they upset your stomach.

      As far as OTC treatment for ulcers try acid blockers which include the medications ranitidine (Zantac), famotidine (Pepcid), and cimetidine (Tagamet). Also try OTC antacids. Your doctor may include an antacid in your drug regimen. An antacid may be taken in addition to an acid blocker or in place of one. Instead of reducing acid secretion, antacids neutralize existing stomach acid and can provide rapid pain relief.


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