When I am really stressed out, I tend to get acid reflux in my stomach.
Dear Terry, “A couple of times a year, when I am really stressed out, I tend to get acid reflux in my stomach. In the past, I have been to the doctor and they have recommended prescription medications. I’d rather not take prescription medications, if at all possible. Are there any other options that may help alleviate my symptoms?” — Xavier C., Washington, DC
Dear Xavier, I think one of the most important steps to take in stopping digestive problems is to switch to a natural diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate content. Sometimes called the Paleolithic Diet, I refer to this way of eating as a “traditional diet”. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. To read more about my recommendations for nutrition, click on my healthy diet plan. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.
In addition to the dietary changes, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
I especially like d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil – both can help to greatly improve digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. Both are also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking a total of 600 mg of these two ingredients 2-3 times daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.
Terry . . . Naturally