Gas and Bloating: What You Can Do About it

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Stomach Pain

We all know that feeling. Maybe you ate something that didn’t agree with you or just too much. Perhaps you have a sensitive stomach. If you have stomach issues, you might find yourself looking for natural remedies for gas and bloating.

Many people are hesitant to use medicine to treat all ailments and for a good reason. There are so many ways to manage things naturally. Did you know you can use essential oils for gas and bloating?

If you are looking for ways to live a natural and holistic life, check out Balanced Care. We help our customers deal with a variety of conditions safely and effectively. Whether you want help with women’s issues, sports medicine, candida overgrowth, or something else, give us a call today.

What Causes Gas and Bloating

There are a variety of things that can cause you to feel gassy or bloated. The most common causes are overeating or eating certain foods that don’t agree with your stomach.

Whether that be certain vegetables or fried food, specific foods affect people differently.

Sometimes, drinking carbonated or bubbly drinks hurt your stomach. If you drink a lot of soda, beer, or sparkling wine, your stomach might react poorly.

Whatever causes your gas and bloating, the result is the same: feeling uncomfortable.

Symptoms of Gas and Bloating

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If you are bloated or gassy, you might notice:

  • An engorged stomach
  • Gassy releases, either by belching or flatulence
  • Feeling gurgles in your stomach
  • Cramps in your stomach and intestines
  • Feeling incredibly full
  • Noticeable pressure in your abdomen
  • Slowed digestion
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Looking five to six months pregnant

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you are probably looking high and low for relief. Before you head to the drug store or pharmacy for medicine with potentially harmful side effects, check out some natural remedies first.

Natural Remedies for Gas and Bloating

Herbal Medicine

The best natural remedy for gas and bloating is to keep gas and bloating from ever occurring! Avoiding certain foods or combinations of foods, as well as allergens can go a long way in preventing stomach problems.

There are a variety of natural remedies to try, though.

Avoid Foods that Cause Gastric Problems

While it might seem obvious, it is essential to avoid foods that cause you digestive problems. You know your body better than others. If a particular food has caused issues in the past, steer clear of it.

Specifically, it would be wise to avoid:

  • Vegetables like: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Garlic
  • Gluten or wheat products
  • Beans and legumes
  • Onions
  • Overly spicy foods

Drinking while Eating

Food

While it might be tempting to enjoy something to drink while eating, doing so could lead to indigestion.

Aim for limiting your liquid intake to less than one-half cup during your meal. Furthermore, avoid liquids for thirty minutes before and after you eat.

Massages

Massages often feel tremendous and relieve pain in your muscles, but they can also reduce gas when you apply appropriate pressure to your abdominal region.

To bring relief yourself, try rolling the base of hand around your stomach in a counterclockwise motion.

Physical Activity

Ensuring you move enough can help keep you regular. If you are feeling uncomfortable, take a walk, ride your bike, or go for a swim. Just do something to be active. Movement helps your body relieve any painful gas more efficiently.

Remaining sedentary can often cause digestive problems.

Proper Restroom Technique

While this sounds funny, there is a lot to the position of your body while relieving yourself. Do yourself a favor and Google “squatty potty.” Being in a squatting position allows your body to correctly align when sitting on the toilet, ensuring a complete elimination.

Probiotics and Enzymes

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Taking a high-quality probiotic each day will keep a steady supply of good bacteria in your body, which helps in digestion. Ensuring a proper flora will prevent bloating, and gassiness and your body will absorb nutrients better.

Enzymes are also fantastic for fighting gas and bloating. Enzymes help your body digest parts of food that might otherwise be difficult. Taking enzymes right before you eat can be extremely beneficial.

Probiotics and Enzymes can also be found in different foods and readily available when eaten.

Eating Schedule

Eating smaller meals throughout the day might help with gas and bloating, as well. Large meals can make you feel full and uncomfortable.

Also, ensure you thoroughly chew each bite. Chewing food quickly or not enough allows more air to get into your stomach, meaning you feel gassy and bloated.

Take small bites and completely. Experts agree that you need to chew your food an average of 32 times is critical.

Essential Oils for Gas and Bloating

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You know what they say? There’s an oil for that! Thankfully, several oils can assist in bringing relief from gas and bloating.

Cardamom

Cardamom is a warm and inviting oil, and can help with digestive issues. Mix with the carrier oil of your choice and apply to your stomach area to bring relief.

Chamomile

Chamomile isn’t just for tea anymore. Chamomile essential oil has anti-gas properties as well as pain relieving properties, making it perfect for digestive discomforts. Applying a mix of chamomile and a carrier oil to your stomach can bring pain relief as well as gas and bloating relief. As a bonus, it can speed up digestion.

Fennel

While some people don’t like the licorice-like smell of fennel, it is a fantastic essential oil for bloating and gas. Fennel can ease a stomach ache or relieve vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and other indigestion issues.

Mix fennel with a carrier oil and apply it to the bottom of your feet.

Ginger

It is probably no surprise that ginger essential oil can help with gas and bloating. It is common to drink ginger ale when you have a stomach ache. If your stomach is upset, or your digestion is slow, dilute the ginger essential oil in a carrier oil and apply to your abdomen.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is not only cooling when applied, but it can also bring relief from heartburn, nausea, and other intestinal distress. Mix peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it directly to your stomach in a circular motion.

Call Balanced Care Today

If you haven’t found consistent relief from your gas and bloating problems, call Balanced Care.

Dr. Katie and Dr. Julia have years of experiencing bringing relief in natural ways to a variety of clients. Let us be your partner in your health journey.

PCOS Treatment: There is a Better Way

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PCOS is the single most common hormonal disorder among women of child-bearing age in the United States. It affects approximately 7% of female patients, yet many women don’t understand the symptoms of the disorder or how to treat it.

Though PCOS is common, the general lack of awareness about the disease is due in part to the complex nature of the syndrome. The exact cause of PCOS isn’t known, but several factors are known to play a prominent role:

  • Excess insulin or insulin resistance
  • Low-grade inflammation
  • Heredity
  • Excess androgen (male hormones)

Do I have PCOS?

According to the Center for Young Women’s Health, PCOS can manifest in many different ways. Some women may have very infrequent and spotty periods, while others may have prolonged and painful menses. Many patients with PCOS have outwardly noticeable symptoms, while others do not.

Common PCOS Symptoms

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  • Irregular periods
  • Acne on face or body
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain, especially an “apple” body shape that stores body fat in the torso
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Infertility or repeat miscarriages
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Thinning of scalp hair
  • Hirsutism or extra hair, especially on the face and chest
  • Numerous skin tags
  • Acanthosis nigricans or dark patches of velvety skin on armpits and other areas
  • Depression or frequent mood swings

PCOS Natural treatment

Balanced Care is the best resource for learning how to treat PCOS with naturally effective solutions. At your office consultation, Dr. Katie or Dr. Julia will take the time to fully explore the issues you are having and come up with a personalized and holistic treatment plan.

Balanced Care’s doctors are well versed in treating PCOS with natural methods that are proven to be safe and effective. Depending on the needs of each person, your natural PCOS treatment plan could include:

Clinical Nutrition

At Balanced Care, we believe wholeheartedly in the healing power of a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition is at the very core of naturopathic medicine. An abundance of fruits, vegetables, anti-inflammatory foods, and healthy proteins fats, plus a reduction in processed and packaged goods is the first step in achieving overall wellness.

Carrying excess weight can exacerbate the symptoms of PCOS patients and put them at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Together we’ll craft a PCOS diet plan that addresses your specific habits, whether it’s fighting a sugar addiction or figuring out how to consistently consume more whole foods. Losing just 10% of your body weight can have significant positive effects on your menstrual period and ovulation.

There many foods that naturally treat PCOS symptoms, such as:

  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Basil
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green tea

Holistic Healing

One of the most important things that set naturopathic medicine apart from other practices is its focus on the entire person – the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions that make us who we are.

Physical

  • Getting enough movement and exercise, whether it’s working out in the gym, walking, gardening, or dancing in your living room – is essential.
  • Sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night is incredibly important for overall wellbeing. Deep sleep is highly curative, and being consistently sleep-deprived will impede progress on all of your goals.
  • Maintaining a balanced diet without feeling deprived of your favorite foods is a crucial component of a healthy life.
  • Maintaining a healthy biome of bacteria in your gut has been shown to improve PCOS outcomes

Mental:

  • Mitigating the stress of a busy life and allowing yourself time for self-care is critical.
  • Self-care can be accomplished in a vast variety of different ways, including healing with essential oils, meditation, yoga, journaling, and other intentional practices.
  • Not all coping methods are equally beneficial. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and recreational drug use can all have a significant negative impact on your holistic healing.

Spiritual:Reflecting on your aspirations, how you plan to achieve them, and the progress you’ve made so far can help you feel grounded and secure in your life’s trajectory.

Supplements

At Balanced Care, our doctors will assess if you’re getting enough micronutrients from your diet alone and may prescribe supplements if it is in your best interest. The long and dark Minnesota winters cause many people to develop Vitamin D deficiency, which can have a significant adverse effect on mood and bone health. PCOS sufferers may also benefit from supplements such as:

  • Inositol
  • Zinc
  • Curcumin
  • Fish oil
  • Berberine
  • Salacia reticulate
  • Winter cherry
  • Saffron
  • Melatonin
  • Minoxidil
  • Probiotics

Detox/Cleanses

Detoxifying your body with a customized short-term regimen can be a powerful way to jumpstart your health journey. The accumulation of toxic substances could be holding you back from achieving your wellbeing goals. With the guidance of trained experts like Dr. Katie and Dr. Julia, Balanced Care

Botanical Medicine

Botanical and herbal medicine has been used to alleviate ailments and disease since Prehistoric times. As naturopathic doctors, our expertise in this area allows us to prescribes safe and effective treatments derived from nature.

Talk to the Professionals at Balanced Care

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Finding doctors who genuinely listens to your symptoms and strive to understand the full picture of your overall health can be daunting.

At Balanced Care, compassionate, and expert naturopathic doctors Dr. Katie Corazzo and Dr. Julia Liebich have years of experience providing excellent holistic healthcare for women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Dr. Katie and Dr. Julia dedicate themselves to guiding your healing under the naturopathic principles of:

  1. Do no harm
  2. Trust the healing power of nature
  3. Identify and treat the underlying causes of illness
  4. Educating patients
  5. Treat the whole person in all its dimensions
  6. Prevent disease by promoting overall health

At Balanced Care, your health and wellness is our top priority. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a superior clinician experience that is informative, welcoming, collaborative, and above all, effective. By harnessing the power of nature, we can help all of our patients live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Make your first appointment with Balanced Care today!

Combat Seasonal Allergies, Naturally!

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‘Tis the season for allergy sufferers out there… both in adults and children.

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What causes allergies, anyway?

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to substances in the environment that are generally harmless to most people. When the immune system recognizes something as harmful it creates an inflammatory response in the body that often drives the histamine pathway. Symptoms in allergy sufferers can be exacerbated by inhaling irritants, consuming certain foods, and / or touching substances that cause irritation. Allergic reactions to mold, spores, pollen, dust and dander can cause symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, chest tightness, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and headaches, which are heightened during the change of seasons.

What are some natural approaches that can help alleviate symptoms.

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1) Diet: EAT CLEAN!!! Avoid mucus forming, high histamine, and inflammatory foods, such as dairy products, bananas, mangoes, citrus fruits, chocolate, peanuts, eggs, red meat, food dyes and additives, sugar, and gluten to name a few… Personal food sensitivities also play a role in the inflammatory response and thereby further contribute to immune dysregulation. Local honey and bone broth may be beneficial, in addition to plenty of leafy greens, seasonal vegetables, wild caught fish, and fermented foods.

Essential oils

2) Essential oils: There are numerous single oils and blends that naturally support body systems involved in both the allergic (histamine) and inflammatory response in the body. Essential oils are excellent at alleviating symptoms. The following oils are well-known and have natural antihistamine properties: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint

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3) Nutritional supplements: Vitamin C, bromelain, and bioflavonoids such as quercitin and hesperidin help stabilize mast cells that release histamine in the body (antihistamine effects).

Probiotics support GI microflora; a healthy microflora is crucial to proper immune function and modulation. Magnesium deficiency has been shown to heighten allergic response.

Herbs

4) Herbs: there are many options depending on treatment goals, but some of the most common allergy supporting herbs are: Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica), Eyebright (Euphrasia), Butterbur (Petisides hybridus), Reishi, Astragalus membranaceous

Water

5) Hydrotherapy: stimulates the immune and lymphatic systems, balances nervous system, and decreases congestion. Some of the best at home hydrotherapy treatments: constitutional hydrotherapy, contrast showers, warming socks, castor oil packs

Homeopathy

6) Homeopathy: depending on symptoms, some top remedies to combat allergies are:

Allium cepa- bland discharge from eyes, burning discharge from nose

Euphrasia- swollen eyes with profuse burning discharge, bland discharge from nose

Sabadilla- violent sneezing, red, swollen eyelids, itchy nose

Pulsatilla- bland yellow discharge from nose, eyes; weepy, tearful disposition

Arsenicum album- burning tears, tightness in lungs, burning throat; restless worry

Nux vomica- evening congestion, blocked breathing, burning eyes with sensitivity to light, itchy ears, irritable and chilly

It is also important to support organ systems involved in the allergic response, such as the adrenal glands, immune system, and digestive tract to treat the root cause of dysfunction. Please consult a naturopath prior to initiating the above treatment strategies.

Dr. Julia Liebich is one of our Naturopathic Doctors practicing in Woodbury and Edina Minnesota, servicing the twin cities and Wisconsin. Specializing in treating the underlying cause using natural medicine, Dr. Julia creates customized treatment plans for each patient. Whether you have allergies, digestive issues, hormone imbalance, or cardiovascular problems, Dr. Julia can help. You can schedule an appointment by calling 612-564-2218 or scheduling online here.

Julia Liebich

Can Depression be Treated Naturally? Yes, It Can.

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Fighting through depression can be an extremely trying challenge. You may struggle through day-to-day tasks, find getting out of bed difficult, or even experience physical symptoms. If you have a friend or loved one who is suffering from this frustrating condition, you probably think a lot about how to help someone with depression.

Finding ways to help your friend or loved one shows that you care and are there for support. Whether you’re looking into vitamin D deficiency depression or other causes and types of diagnoses, you may find yourself looking toward natural alternatives for treating depression.

While depression has many different facets, including different causes, symptoms, and levels of severity, sometimes natural treatments can alleviate symptoms and help you feel better. Finding a treatment that works for you and enables you to overcome the daily battle you face is essential to your well being.

Exploring alternative options may help you in discovering the best plan to treat your depression. Whether you’re looking for help for yourself or helping someone else with depression, natural treatments can be an excellent choice.

If you are looking for holistic ways to care for your health and wellness, you will love the Naturopaths at Balanced Care.

At Balanced Care, we have a strong commitment to using the least invasive and most natural treatments possible. We encourage our patients to trust their bodies and the healing power of nature. We want to give you the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle and understand preventative medicine.

With individualized plans, we treat each of our patients holistically and with care. There are many natural alternatives to treatments for various diseases and conditions, and we are here to help.

When it comes to depression, if you are looking for natural treatments, take a look at these ideas and see how you can implement them into your treatment plan.

Start With Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition is at the base of the holistic approach to naturally treating many different conditions and diseases. Nutrition can lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle that presents in both physical and emotional aspects. Nutrition and diet can affect your mood.

Avoiding things like caffeine and alcohol can help make a difference in how you feel. While caffeine may give you the energy and pep, you think you need, and alcohol may cover your feelings, both only have short term effects and can trigger your depression. Both alcohol and caffeine can lead to mood swings, depression, and anxiety.

Ensuring you have a diet rich in magnesium and vitamin B-6 can help neurotransmitters in the brain produce more serotonin and dopamine. You can find natural sources of these vitamins in foods like legumes, whole grains, and green vegetables.

Exercise

Exercise and physical activity is a fantastic way to address some of the symptoms of depression. Not only are the physical benefits fabulous for your health, but the mental benefits are plentiful as well.

Aerobic exercise specifically is an efficient way to release endorphins as well as reduce stress. A regular exercise routine can help maintain your mood. Exercising doesn’t have to be strictly joining a gym or going for a run every day.

Explore your options for physical activity, and find the one you enjoy the most and fits in with your lifestyle the best. The benefits of physical activity will make a difference in your daily life and how you feel.

Stay in the Light

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Sunshine is more than just something to enjoy while you’re on vacation. It’s necessary to help regulate your sleep cycle, produce serotonin, and help elevate your mood. When the sun is out, make an effort to take a morning walk outside, or find a way to soak up some rays.

If the weather isn’t conducive to spending some time outdoors basking in the sun, you might find yourself suffering from vitamin D deficiency depression or even Seasonal Affective Disorder.

During the winter months where sunlight may be scarce, you may feel tired and down due to the drop in serotonin levels. To remedy this, you can look into light therapy, which can give you the same benefits of sunlight artificially, allowing you exposure to light and vitamin D even on the most overcast or darkest days.

Natural Supplements

Several natural supplements can help bolster mood and help fight depression. Many of these natural treatments have been in use for several years. Your Naturopathic doctor can provide you with information about these helpful supplements.

St John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a traditional herb that can help with mild depression. The naturopathic professionals at Balanced Care can help you decide if this is an appropriate supplement to help treat your mild depression.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega -3 fatty acids help with brain development and promote brain function. Adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet through fish oils or capsules is an effective way to increase your levels.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is found in leafy greens as well as fruits and grains. Folic acid may help with the effectiveness of antidepressants. You can find an oral supplement to take if you don’t get enough through your diet.

Let Balanced Care Help

Natural treatments for depression can help you feel more like yourself and help you fight this debilitating condition. With natural alternatives, you can empower yourself to take a healthy approach to your mental well-being and tackling your depression.

If you are searching for alternative methods for treating your depression and want something natural, let the professionals at Balanced Care assist you by developing an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you. We strive to treat each disease holistically and bring you the least invasive and toxic solutions.

Contact us today and set up an appointment to start your journey to natural wellness. We look forward to meeting with you and providing you with natural remedies and preventative care. We will help you reach your health goals and achieve the level of wellness you’ve been searching for, naturally.