I eat healthy and avoid red meat, but I still suffer from indigestion and heartburn. I tried drinking mint tea but it didn't make much difference. What else can I do?
It is good to know that you are already eating healthy and have taken steps to avoid foods that can trigger digestive problems. Eating a small salad of green leaves before the meal can help prepare the stomach for the food to continue. Greens stimulate the digestive process, so this is a simple way to reduce the incidence of indigestion and heartburn.
Digestion begins in the mouth, so be sure to take your time with each bite, sit and eat in a relaxed environment and chew each bite well. We have become accustomed to eating food along the way or eating at our desks in the workplace. Indigestion is often treated with antacid medications, which increase gastric pH and inhibit the action of pepsin, the enzyme responsible for protein digestion. Raising the pH can temporarily reduce symptoms, but affect long-term digestion by affecting protein digestion and allowing pathogenic organisms such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) to thrive.
H. pylori protects itself from the strong acidic environment of the stomach by producing a compound called urase that neutralizes acids, so that it can dig into the protective mucous lining of the stomach and duodenum. Not surprisingly, this spiral-shaped bacterium is found in 90% of people suffering from stomach ulcers.
It has been shown that putty gum, the resin of a tree that grows on an island in the Aegean Sea, reduces or eliminates digestive symptoms where indigestion, heartburn, swelling, aches and pains are due to presence of H. pylori in the stomach. . Putty gum has been shown to kill H. pylori in test tube experiments, and has no known side effects. You should take 1 g of putty gum a day for two weeks to see if this is the solution for you.
I recently had a miscarriage at 10 weeks, which has left me feeling depressed and exhausted. What natural remedies would you suggest?
Spontaneous abortion certainly has a physical and emotional cost, it is advisable to take measures to help you recover, body and mind.
There are some herbs that can help you with your feelings of sadness and exhaustion.
Withania somnifera (known as Ashwagandha in Ayurvedic medicine, sometimes called Indian Ginseng) is the first herb that I would recommend. It is an adaptogenic herb, which means that it works to restore balance within the body and is perfect for moments of physical and emotional overwhelming. It is often used to help "refresh" the body and mind.
Rhodiola rosea (often called roseroot, since it has a distinctive rose scent), is another adaptogen that works well together with Withania to help with physical and emotional distress. Rhodiola works by promoting the release of mood modulating neurotransmitters, norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin, so it is used to help regulate mood and improve energy.
These two herbs alone will make an infusion of pleasant flavor that will help you in your healing process. Use a teaspoon of the herbal mixture with a cup of boiling water, and let stand for 3-5 minutes, drinking up to four cups a day as needed.
Two additional herbal remedies that you would like to consider are Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus or wild asparagus) and Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Shatavari is often used to help with uterine bleeding and for female reproductive health in general, while Siberian ginseng is used to help with energy, immune support and stress.
Low vitamin D levels are related to an increased risk of spontaneous abortion, so it is a good idea to take a vitamin D3 supplement to support your body in the future. The recommended dose is 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 to help prevent miscarriage, which is less than half of what the body normally produces after 20-30 minutes in the sun.