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Tummy-Trouble Remedies

Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos shares her top tummy-trouble remedies.

tummy_trouble_remedies1.jpgIndigestion?

  • Digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid can help with the breakdown of food and assimilation of nutrients. HCl also protects the body from bad bacteria, parasites and viruses.
  • Miso soup is rich in probiotics, which help maintain healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract.
  • Kombucha is also rich in probiotics and digestive enzymes, helping to assimilate nutrients and prevent belly-bloat!

Heartburn?

  • Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. Not only does it slow down the secretion of stomach acids, but it also protects tissue from excess acid.
  • Raw cabbage juice has healing properties and can help reduce acid reflux.
  • Almonds are a great source of calcium and fibre, which both help to relieve heartburn. Eating a small amount after meals may bring relief. Soaking nuts for at least 8 hours, then rinsing thoroughly gets rid of enzyme-inhibitors and makes them easier to digest and assimilate.

Constipated?

  • Magnesium can help relax the intestines.
  • Chamomile tea soothes the stomach and also works to relax the intestines.
  • Spinach, apples, figs and other fibre-rich foods help add bulk to stool and sweep it out of the system.

Bloated?

  • Peppermint tea soothes the stomach and intestinal wall and alleviates cramping.
  • Ginger increases digestive fluids, reduces inflammation and helps curb vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and nausea.
  • Licorice DGL (a supplement found at health-food stores) helps to relieve stomach pain and inflammation, especially as a result of heartburn. Be sure it's a deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), in which the glycyrrhizin has been removed, making it safer to use and reducing the risk of side effects.

 

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