Beware Over the Counter Medications
It is an eye opening fact that nearly half of all Americans in the U.S. now suffer from occasional, or chronic acid-reflux (GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease), or ulcers. In order to mask the uncomfortable symptoms of GERD, ulcers, and heartburn, there has been an absolute explosion in the use of antacids, proton pump inhibitors (i.e. Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Aciphex, to name a few…), in the U.S. The use of these drugs is alarming and a major contributor to our ever-lengthening laundry list of health issues.
For example, proton pump inhibitors interfere with absorption of calcium, iron, and vitamin B12, which translates into increased rate of bone fractures, chronic diarrhea, and pneumonia. Antacids, such as, TUMs and Rolaids, can lead to an overdose of calcium carbonate causing persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, unusual, involuntary muscle twitching or heart rate irregularities, unusual mood or mental changes, such as confusion, delirium, depression or coma. Long-term use of these drugs will shorten your life-span and send you on a downward medical spiral requiring more drugs.
There are more, but I wanted to give you an idea that taking these drugs is a bad idea.
What’s even more despicable is that these drugs do NOTHING to cure or address the cause of your heartburn, GERD, ulcer, or other digestive issue. So, why are we inundated with them by Western medical practitioners and pharmaceutical marketing? It’s quite simple – people want to profit from your pain and keep you hooked – and profit they do. In 2012, total sales of the leading antacids was approximately $1.26 billion, while sales of proton pump inhibitors is the third largest category of drug sales in the U.S. topping out at almost $14 billion.
Introducing the Tummy Soother
Soon I will release my guide book: GERD Be Gone: Simple, Safe, Natural and Holistic Methods to Heal your Heartburn, GERD, ulcers, and other Digestive Concerns. Until then, I’m going to pass on one of the most useful smoothie recipes to soothe your heartburn. I call it the “Tummy Soother.” If you suffer from daytime heartburn, you can make a thermos full and bring it to work, sip on it as needed. If you suffer from nighttime heartburn, leave your thermos by your bedside, and if you wake up with heartburn, instead of reaching for a TUMs or Rolaids, take some big swallows of “Tummy Soother.” It’s just as effective, will not give any of the side effects mentioned above, and will provide a host of other healthful benefits. Plus, it actually tastes wonderful!
To make the “Tummy Soother”, you need a high-power blender, such as, the Magic Bullet Blender, Blend-Tec, or VitaMix.
Tummy Soother Recipe:
- 8 oz. filtered or distilled water
- 2 sprig tops of fresh, organic mint leaves
- 1-2 whole organic cloves
- ½ fuji apple
- 6 oz. organic red cabbage
- 1 Tablespoon of organic, raw, unheated honey
- 6 ice cubes – filtered or distilled water
Blend on high for 2 – 50 second cycles.
Cabbage is the Cure
What’s up with cabbage in a smoothie to help the stomach? It’s simple, cabbage has an incredible ability to heal ulcers, and other digestive health issues. In particular, it has extremely high levels of glutamine, which encourages growth and regeneration of the cells lining the digestive tract. Cabbage has been shown to heal ulcers, stomach aches, and even stomach cancer. (Learn more: Hara M et al. “Cruciferous vegetables, mushrooms, and gastrointestinal cancer risks in a multicenter, hospital-based case-control study in Japan.” Nutr Cancer. 2003:46(2):138-47)
The best way to heal your ulcer is to actually juice the cabbage. In fact, your ulcer can heal in less than two weeks with a daily regimen of the fresh juice of two cabbages.
But, the cabbage doesn’t stop there. It contains wonderful phytochemicals, such as, glucosinolates, indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane, di-indolmethane, and isothiocyanates. It is the glucosinolates that work by stimulating antioxidant defense mechanisms while increasing the body’s ability to detoxify damaging chemicals and hormones.
It is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and B6, folate, and manganese and is loaded with fiber when eaten. In fact, if you were to juice a small head (178 calories), you would intake 436% of your daily need of vitamin C, 19% of iron and 29% of calcium. Cabbage is a good source of thiamin, calcium, iron magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. As an added bonus, the mineral selenium in cabbage is excellent for fighting cancer, most especially, breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer. It also protects against heart disease, improving conditions of arthritis, slowing the aging process, giving beautiful skin, and increasing male potency.
So, what are you waiting for? Toss those TUMs in the trash and stock up on red cabbage, your tummy will thank you. Drink up and enjoy!
With Love, Holly