Natural Remedies for Heartburn and Indigestion

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Nothing ruins the enjoyment of a delicious meal like heartburn or indigestion afterward. While eating some of your favorite foods might taste and feel great at the time, sometimes they can lead to heartburn or indigestion.

Dealing with the unpleasantness of heartburn or indigestion can be frustrating as it can be difficult to find relief. There are several prescriptions for these conditions, but if you are only an occasional sufferer, or you are looking for something more natural, home remedies for indigestion or heartburn may be what you need.

Heartburn and indigestion can be bothersome and uncomfortable. At Balanced Care, our naturopathic doctors will evaluate any gastrointestinal issue you may be experiencing and suggest a natural approach to remedying the problem. Natural treatments are successful in treating many gastrointestinal conditions, and we want to share the options with you so you can make an informed decision about your treatment. Partnering with us to find the best option for your occasional heartburn or indigestion can help you effectively treat your condition holistically and naturally.

When it comes to home remedies for indigestion and heartburn, you can try several different methods to alleviate your discomfort. You may also be looking for home remedies for heartburn during pregnancy to ensure a safe and natural way to treat this common pregnancy symptom.

Home Remedies For Indigestion

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Indigestion is an uncomfortable and unwelcome feeling. After enjoying a meal, you might be stuck with that painful, irritating, inflammation. As frustrating as it can be, there are some home remedies for indigestion that can help you avoid it altogether, or alleviate the discomfort you feel.Mint or Chamomile Tea

A soothing cup of either mint or chamomile tea can assuage indigestion. Whether you are at home or a restaurant, try drinking a cup of one of these teas after a meal that tends to trigger your indigestion. You can even carry a few tea bags with you while traveling or dining out.

Also Read: Can Food Allergies Really Be Cured?

DGL and Cinnamon

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, or DGL, can be taken to soothe your stomach. DGL can increase mucous activity in your body, which can act as a barrier against harsh stomach acids.

Cinnamon is not only a tasty additive to tea, oatmeal, stew, and more, but it is also a natural remedy for soothing indigestion and other types of stomach issues.

Preventative Measures

Aside from treating indigestion the natural way, there are also measures you can take to avoid indigestion altogether. There are some simple steps you can take to help keep indigestion at bay.

Overeating is one way to exacerbate indigestion. Sometimes it’s hard to stop eating when the meal is so delicious, but stopping before you’ve had too much can be the difference between indigestion and enjoying the rest of your day or evening.

Eating too late at night can also cause indigestion to flare up. Consider moving your dinner time to an earlier time of day, and skipping those tempting midnight snacks.

Certain foods and habits can also trigger indigestion. Smoking, alcohol or caffeine intake, and acidic foods can all contribute to indigestion. Leave these things behind, or enjoy only in moderation for your overall health and to avoid indigestion.

If you tend to suffer from indigestion after going to bed, consider raising the head of your bed. Elevating the top of your bed can relieve pressure on your stomach and help you keep indigestion away.

Also Read: Healing Benefits of Garlic

Home Remedies for Heartburn

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Heartburn is a firey and uncomfortable situation that many of us suffer through. If you’re pregnant, chances are you experience frequent heartburn. Home remedies for heartburn, especially during pregnancy, help ensure you’re taking the safest route possible to get rid of your discomfort.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking raw apple cider vinegar may seem unpleasant or like it would only make your heartburn worse, but adding between a teaspoon and tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to eight ounces of water and sipping it during the day or an hour before meals helps to increase stomach acid which, in turn, can prevent heartburn for some people.

Peppermint

Whether in the form of tea or candy, peppermint can help alleviate heartburn and provide some relief. Sucking on peppermint candies is an effective and delicious way to keep heartburn away.

Lemon Water, Coconut Water, and Plain Water

Lemon juice is a common way to balance stomach acid and assist with digestion. It’s also refreshing and a great way to make your water intake a little more enjoyable.

Coconut water can neutralize stomach acids and is also high in minerals and electrolytes. These properties help to PH-balance your stomach and relieve heartburn.

Water is essential to your body for many reasons, so drinking lots of water should already be part of your daily routine. Sipping water all day long can help keep heartburn at bay by keeping you hydrated.

Preventative Measures

If you are plagued with frequent heartburn and are looking for ways to prevent it instead of just treating it, there are some natural ways you can try.

Ensure you are eating several hours before bedtime, as lying down right after a meal can cause heartburn to flare up.

Avoid foods that can trigger heartburn such as acidic foods, spicy foods, rich or fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate. Making changes to your diet to avoid these foods that commonly cause heartburn can prevent heartburn from striking.

Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water consistently instead of chugging large amounts of water at one time.

Natural Remedies for a Natural Way of Life

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If you want to find natural remedies for indigestion and heartburn to maintain a holistic and healthy way of life, the doctors at Balanced Care are here to assist you.

With experience, knowledge, and a commitment to patient care, we treat each of our clients using the least invasive and most natural therapies. We will create a tailored holistic plan to help you meet and sustain your health goals.

If you are struggling with gastrointestinal issues and are looking for the most natural way to treat your condition, contact us at Balanced Care today to start a plan to get you feeling great the natural way.

10 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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Natural Treatments for a Healthy 2019!

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Modern medicine offers many ways to fight infections today, and the benefits are undeniable, however, with administration of prescription drugs comes negative consequences that can incur long-term effects, such as decreased beneficial flora and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Naturopathic medicine can offer nutritional advice, as well as numerous therapies to bolster your immune health through the winter months to help you feel your best! Below I will review dietary considerations, herbal antimicrobials, essential oils, and nutritional supplementation that not only effectively treat the common cold, flu, and moderate infections, but can also help prevent illness before it starts!

So WHAT exactly CAN you do?

1)   Wash your hands!!! 

The most common way germs are spread is when a sick person coughs or sneezes, causing infectious airborne droplets to be spread… then a healthy person is in contact with germ-laden computer keyboards, doorknobs, telephones, etc.

2)   Monitor sugar consumption

The holidays bring many joyous occasions and with that accompanies A LOT of holiday baked goods with an abundance of sugar that our body simply doesn’t need. Sugar puts our immune system into a transitory coma, substantially decreasing the activity of lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infection) for several hours post consumption. Sugar puts our immune system at a perpetual disadvantage in its ability to fight pathogenic invaders, especially when baked goods are snacked on throughout the day. Pick and choose wisely…

3)   Eat a rainbow a day, mostly vegetables, organic when possible

Fruits and vegetables are packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help to support and bolster our immune system. Focus on seasonal produce and fruits- for example, winter vegetables like squash and sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, which provides an added immune boost through the colder months.

4)   A healthy GI tract is crucial to optimal immune function

Approximately 70-80% of the cells that comprise our immune system are found in our GI tract, which is why a healthy microbiota is essential. Additional benefit can be provided through probiotics and fermented foods, such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir. Continual assault to our GI system through a poor diet and inflammatory foods can have substantial negative effects on our overall health (as well as our mood)!

Bone broth and homemade soups are also excellent this time of year, especially when rich in ginger, onion, garlic, chili, and mushrooms- all of which promote immune health. Bone broth from a healthy source of provides compounds like proline, glycine, and collagen, which supply crucial ingredients for a healthy GI system, the cornerstone of immune health.

Also Read: Healing Benefits of Garlic

5)   Adequate levels of fat soluble vitamins 

Vitamin A, D, and K, as well as Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C help enhance immune cell activity and support overall health.

6)   Specific essential oils

Essential have potent antimicrobial and immune activation ability, helping the body fight viral, bacterial, and fungal infections (oils must be of pure, unadulterated source). While adequate vitamins and minerals are imperative to immune health, essential oils also play a significant role in immune function and enhancing the body’s natural healing potential.

Also Read: How to Prevent the Flu Naturally

7)   Herbal antimicrobials

Botanicals have been used for centuries and are one of the most ancient forms of healing. The immune system has intricate complexity, and, while we may not always know the exact mechanism of how some herbs promote immune health, we do know that for centuries herbs have been used to treat many illnesses and help prevent infection. Some common immunostimulant herbs are astragalus, goldenseal, echinacea, and elderberry. Additionally, medicinal mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Shitake, and Maitake are excellent at bolstering immune function and hastening recovery from illness.

 

8)   Manage Stress!

Chronic stress takes its toll not only on the immune system, but all organ systems. When bodies undergo a stress-response cortisol is released, which causes a decrease in lymphocytes production. Stress also causes negative effects on the digestive system, thereby affecting immune health.

9) Sleep

The immune system produces cytokines during sleep, which are imperative to fighting infection (needed in greater quantity). Sleep deprivation suppresses immune function and the body’s ability to fight infection takes a hit! Both short and long-term sleep deficit has very negative effects on the body, and also affects cortisol production, which again decreases immune function.

10) Exercise

Movement is essential to overall health and well-being and is also related to an optimally functioning immune system. Moderate exercise increases circulation and enhances lymph flow, which helps to remove unwanted waste from the body, allowing immune cells to perform their job efficiently and effectively.

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2019 from Balanced Care!

Dr. Julia is one of our Naturopathic Doctors practicing at Balanced Care in Edina and Woodbury. She treats a variety of conditions by addressing the root cause of disease using natural treatments and nutrition as much as possible. You can call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Julia. We hope to see you soon!

Julia!!

5 Effects Sugar Has On Your Body

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When you hear the word sugar, you probably think of your favorite dessert. Maybe you are all about cookies or cakes. Or perhaps you are a candy bar or chocolate addict. Sugar is what makes those desserts so delectable.

But did you know that sugar is a large percent of what you eat? Even the things that aren’t desserts or sweets? Sugar is everywhere and in almost everything, including many foods you often think of as healthy. Too much sugar is not good for your body.

If you have tried cutting back on sugar and have not been successful, you are not alone. Sugar addiction is real. Some people swear sugar is more addictive than drugs!

The doctors at Balanced Care are friendly and experienced, and they want to help you live your best and most healthy life. They have the experience and tools necessary to help you overcome your body’s craving for sugar.

A Balanced Care approach does not rely on conventional drugs or medicine to get results. Instead, they follow a holistic approach that aims to cure the root of the problem, not merely treat the symptoms.

Sugar addiction is something that people struggle with all over the world. But what is sugar addiction? And what does eating too much sugar do to your body? Among the many effects sugar has on your body, these five are the most noticeable and the most detrimental.

Inflammation

Inflammation is part of your body’s natural response to fight off bacteria and viruses. Your brain directs white blood cells to protect the body against anything that can harm it. Unfortunately, our body sometimes triggers an inflammatory response when there is no disease or germ to fight. In this case, the body’s immune system — which is supposed to protect the body — attacks and damages itself.

There are many symptoms of inflammation, including redness and swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints, or diminished joint function. Inflammation can also cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle stiffness, and reduced appetite. Overeating sugar causes inflammation in your body. Excess sugar causes pain in your joints and swelling.

Also Read: Sunscreen & Vitamin D

Depression

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When you eat sugar, there is a release of dopamine into your brain. Dopamine is called the feel-good chemical, or happy chemical. All sugar causes your body to release dopamine, but processed foods elicit a more significant release than whole foods. Over time, this trains your body to desire foods that will give your brain a more massive dose of dopamine. You will crave sugar more and more, and feel depressed without it.

This release and subsequent drop in these hormones creates a roller coaster type feel in your brain. The symptoms include feeling fatigued, irritable, dizzy, and depressed. Furthermore, excessive sugar intake is linked to depression because converting sugar to energy requires B vitamins, which enhance mood. Processing sugar also uses up your supply of chromium, which regulates blood sugar levels.

Arthritis

Whether you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, arthritis is an inflammation of your joints. All types of arthritis cause joint pain and stiffness. Sugary foods can increase your risk of inflammatory diseases like arthritis.

While sugar has not been shown to cause arthritis directly, it can worsen the symptoms if you already have the condition. Furthermore, being overweight or obese can put more pressure on your joints, causing even more symptoms.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, in particular, it is wise to avoid sugar to help keep your inflammation under control. Corticosteroids, a common medicine used to treat RA, also increase blood glucose levels, so controlling your sugar intake is all the more essential.

Also Read: Which Diet Is Best For Me?

Gum Disease

Too much sugar inflames your gums and damages your teeth. The bacteria build-up that causes cavities and gingivitis thrives on sugar that sticks to your teeth after eating sweet things. Eating too much sugar can also lead to painful cavities. Over time, oral inflammation develops into gum disease, which can cause pain while chewing and tooth loss.

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Problems

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Over-consuming sugar can make your liver resistant to insulin. When this happens, your body isn’t able to control your blood sugar, which leads to Type 2 diabetes. Excess insulin in the bloodstream can affect your circulatory system, especially your arteries. The walls of the arteries grow and become firm, causing extra stress on your heart. This added stress can cause heart disease and heart attacks.

The pancreas is another organ affected by the insulin-imbalance caused by overeating sugar. The pancreas is responsible for secreting insulin into the body. However, your body doesn’t respond correctly to insulin if there is too much in your system. This imbalance triggers the pancreas to produce more insulin, potentially causing the pancreas to overwork and shut down.

It should come as no surprise that sugar addiction can lead to excess body weight. People who consume a large amount of sugar, particularly in sugary drinks and processed foods, generally weigh more. They are also more likely to have Type 2 Diabetes.

Also Read: Candida Overgrowth

Can a Nutritional Detox Help?

So what if you’ve been eating too much sugar? Good news! The experts at Balanced Care can help. They offer a 14- or a 21-day Detox that helps eliminate toxins from your body and allow it to heal. This detox will aid in weight loss, increase your energy levels, enhance digestion, and reduce inflammation, among other benefits.

The Detox prescribed by the doctors at Balanced Care supports bodily functions throughout your system including liver, skin, intestines, and kidneys. You will eliminate bad habits and learn new and healthy ways to eat.

If you want help undoing the damage that eating too much sugar has done to your body, call the doctors at Balanced Care today. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will meet with you and design a plan that meets your goals and fits your needs. You will be supported and encouraged every step of the way.

Take your health, and your habits, into your own hands. Call Balanced Care and kick sugar addiction to the curb.