5 Tips for GI Discomfort During the Holidays

teaHoliday season is upon us, which means parties, get-togethers and lots of overindulging. Overeating or feasting on foods that you do not eat on a regular basis can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn and abdominal pressure. Don’t let indigestion or GI discomfort put a damper on your holiday cheer. Below are some of my favorite remedies for easing gas and bloating.

1. Digestive herbs: Bitter formulas, such as Pathway Digest-Ease, contain a combination of herbs such as gentian, ginger, Oregon grape, fennel and peppermint, which can provide immediate support for GI distress, such as gas, bloating and stomach pain.  Continue reading “5 Tips for GI Discomfort During the Holidays”

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4 Ways to Help With Holiday Overeating

holiday-overeatingYou ate the third dinner roll, you scarfed down the gravy-laden mashed potatoes and you devoured that second (ahem, third) piece of pie… now your tummy is complaining. ‘Tis the season for overindulgence, and while it might seem like a good idea at the time, our digestive system definitely pays the price. Fortunately, there are some post-indulgence remedies that can ease the pain and discomfort of holiday overeating!

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL): DGL is an excellent herb to help soothe mucous membranes of the esophagus. Continue reading “4 Ways to Help With Holiday Overeating”

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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Liver Disease

heart-burnIt seems new studies about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and their side effects come out every few months. Just over a year ago, a study linking them to kidney disease came out. And earlier in the same year, a link between PPIs and dementia was made. This week, a study was published where researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a link between PPI use and chronic liver disease.

Proton pump inhibitors are a popular class of heartburn medications that includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. These medications, which are available over-the-counter (without a prescription), Continue reading “Heartburn Drugs Linked to Liver Disease”

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Why Stomach Acid is Good For You

good-mealLots of people experience heartburn on a regular basis, where acid refluxes up into the esophagus and burns the tissue resulting in pain. Doctors commonly recommend medications such as Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid to suppress stomach acid (HCl) and treat heartburn pain. However, more and more research is showing that the long-term use of these medications can do more harm than good. That is why it is critical to look for the root cause(s) of heartburn rather than simply reducing stomach acid, and to understand the reasons why stomach acid is good for you.

Two very important roles of stomach acid include: Continue reading “Why Stomach Acid is Good For You”

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New Study Links Heartburn Drugs and Dementia

seniorProton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a popular class of heartburn medications that includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. These medications, which are available over the counter (without a prescription), lower the amount of stomach acid produced by the stomach. Concern has been increasing that Americans might be overusing PPIs to treat minor cases of heartburn or acid reflux. And, a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, shows heartburn drugs and dementia are linked, in that these drugs may raise a senior’s risk of developing dementia.

Researchers collected data from a large German health insurance firm on almost 74,000 seniors aged 75 or older. The data ran from 2004 to 2011, and included diagnoses and drug prescriptions. About 2,950 patients regularly used PPIs, which for this study was defined as at least one PPI prescription in each quarter of an 18-month interval. Regular users of PPIs had a 44% increased risk of dementia compared with those not receiving PPI medications. Continue reading “New Study Links Heartburn Drugs and Dementia”

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