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I recently had my gall bladder removed and the surgery was uncomplicated.

Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had my gall bladder removed and the surgery was uncomplicated. However, now I seem to experience diarrhea more than I used to. My doctor said this is normal. Is there anything natural I can take to help?” — S.D., Los Angeles, CA

A. Dear S.D., I highly encourage you to discuss any supplementation with your healthcare provider. With that being said, I think there are a few natural ingredients that may help improve your gastrointestinal (GI) health.

One of my favorite botanicals for GI health is boswellia. Boswellia helps modulate inflammation throughout our body and works especially well on GI inflammation, which can be responsible for many of the unpredictable symptoms of intestinal issues.

The boswellia I prefer is standardized to contain high levels of the key compound, AKBA, which gives boswellia many of its health benefits. While most of the compounds within boswellia are anti-inflammatory, there is one compound that is actually pro-inflammatory. Therefore, I recommend a boswellia that is low in beta-boswellic acid, which can actually cause inflammation.

In addition to boswellia, there are other safe and effective herbal medicines that work in different ways to help support the GI system. Oils of coriander, fennel, caraway seed, and peppermint boost GI health by controlling bacterial populations, relaxing the stomach lining, and support normal functioning of the GI tract.

I would take boswellia, coriander, fennel, caraway, and peppermint with each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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