I have been experiencing stomach upset for a while, which I recently found out was due to ulcers.
Q. Hello Terry, “I have been experiencing stomach upset for a while, which I recently found out was due to ulcers. My doctor recommended a prescription medication, but I would rather get to the root cause so I don’t get them again. Is there something natural you think could help?” — Kelsey B., Glendale, AZ
A. Dear Kelsey, Digestive health has long been considered the key to good health overall. Any stomach disorder can take a toll on how we get through the day.
One of the first things you need to do when you have any issues of the ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach or intestine – is to begin soothing your digestive system. This is critical, because people with stomach ulcers, especially the painful kind, need quick and effective relief.
You may have heard of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), an extract of licorice. DGL is a powerful antioxidant, works as an antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. Part of its antimicrobial properties include that it is a natural inhibitor of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that is involved in many ulcers and other kinds of stomach irritation.
We used to think that the only way to supplement with DGL was a chewable tablet. But new research shows that there is a special, advanced form that doesn’t have to be chewed. This is important, because many people have been put off by the intense taste of DGL in the past.
The DGL I recommend is standardized to glabridin and flavonoids. I would take this DGL once or twice per day.
For additional support, you may also want to consider adding in an omega-7 from sea buckthorn that includes both seed and pulp oil for the full benefits of the plant. I would take sea buckthorn once or twice per day.
Lastly, I think you could benefit from human strain probiotics. I would take them once or twice a day with meals.
Terry . . . Naturally