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Tummy Troubles? These Herbs Can Help You Cleanse and Comfort

Tummy Trouble

If you find yourself frequently reaching for an antacid because of a burning feeling in your stomach, your belly might need some TLC. Fortunately, there are an array of natural ingredients that can help strengthen the protective lining of your stomach, repair irritated stomach tissue and banish the burn. We’ve divided these natural wonders into two categories: those that cleanse and detoxify and those that comfort and heal.

Cleanse and Detoxify

That burning you feel in your tummy may not be simple heartburn. It could be irritation within your stomach lining — that all-important layer of tissue that protects your stomach from the acid it produces. This type of irritation is caused by foreign invaders that take up residency in the stomach and upper intestines and wreak havoc there. The first step to feeling better is to give them the boot.

 Meet deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL, a specially processed extract of licorice root. DGL not only cleanses the stomach, it also decreases stomach acidity.*[1],[2],[3] Other earth-derived ingredients with stomach-cleansing power include mastic gum, a plant resin that comes from a Mediterranean tree,[4] grapefruit seed extract, which, true to its name, is derived from the seeds of the common grapefruit and goldenseal, so called because of its golden roots. In a test of 25 different herbal extracts and essential oils, goldenseal was found to be one of the most effective remedies for clearing the stomach of unwelcome guests.*[5]

Comfort and Heal

Once your stomach is no longer acting as a vagabond hotel, it can start to heal. For that purpose, it doesn’t get better than aloe vera and activated charcoal.

Aloe vera has been shown to repair the stomach lining and increase stomach comfort.*[6],[7],[8]  In one double-blind trial, more than five times as many of the volunteers taking aloe felt better compared to those taking a placebo (37 percent versus 7 percent).[9]* Activated charcoal has small pores covering its surface, making it highly absorbent. Because of this, it’s often used in cases of poisoning, but these pores can also remove excess acid to soothe a burning sensation in the stomach.*[10]

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

References

[1] Asha MK, et al. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jan 30;145)2):581-6.

[2] Fukai T, et al. Life Sci. 2002 Aug 9;71(12):1449-63.

[3] Mukherjee M, et al. Indian J Exp. Biol. 2010 Mar;48(3):269-74.

[4] Huwez FU et al. N Engl J Med. 1998 Dec 24;339(26):1946.

[5] Cwikla C, et al. Phytother Res. 2010 May;24(5):649-56.

[6] Eamlamnam K et al. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Apr; 12(13):2034-9.

[7] Yusuf S, Agunu A, and Diana M. Journal of Ethno-Pharmacology 2004; 93:33-37.

[8] Yusuf S, Agunu A, and Diana M. Journal of Ethno-Pharmacology 2004; 93:33-37.

[9] Langmead L et al. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004: 19:739-47.

[10] Reader’s Digest Best Health. 2018. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/health/stomach-pain-relieve-gas-indigestion-and-belly-bloat-with-activated-charcoal/

 

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