We've visited this topic many times over the years here on HealthCentral, but since there's always a lot of interest in what are viewed as more "natural" treatments, I thought it might be useful for our community if I pulled all the information together here in one post and also updated it with the latest knowledge about alternative or natural approaches to treating allergies.
Why Do We Want to Go Natural?
I read on another website, in a post written by a doctor, that people often seek natural treatments because of a mistrust in the medical establishment, and I suppose that may be true, but I think it's only part of the story.
Some of us just don't like putting foreign chemicals into our bodies, no matter how helpful they are in controlling our symptoms. Nor do we enjoy spending hundreds of dollars a year on prescription and over the counter medications!
So, we look for alternatives that feel safer, more "back to nature" and that are a whole lot cheap...
So you're working on changing your diet and losing weight to improve your acid reflux symptoms but are looking for more natural ways to sooth your gut. There are a lot of tips and tricks online but some are not safe to try and may even make acid reflux worse as we talked about in a previous post Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux & GERD . Many studies have come out since my first post seven years ago and natural remedies are gaining ground in treating acid reflux. Here are a few natural remedies that we currently use at our house to banish the burn. Probiotics Saccharomyces boulardii and biffidus strains of probiotic seem to have shown the most promising results in stomach pain, discomfort and acid reflux. Both can be found in supplement form but biffidus is also readily available in Activia yogurts. If you do choose the supplement it is always best to take it with a natural source -- like yogurt -- to increase absorption. Slippery Elm Slipper Elm bar...
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