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Get Relief For Everyday Aches and
By Douglas MacKay, N.D.
Everyday aches and pains may not leave you stuck in
bed but they can certainly take some pep out of your step.
accessible dietary supplements and home remedies can relieve minor-but no less
annoying-ailments. Common problems like acid reflux (heartburn), upset stomachs,
achy backs and that occasional run-down feeling can strike just about anyone.
Here are some simple ways to treat minor complaints:
HEARTBURN: A nagging
case of heartburn can keep you from eating your favorite foods, and even prevent
you from enjoying your favorite activities.
For occasional reflux and
heartburn, calcium carbonate helps soothe symptoms and can be taken as chewable
tablets or as an effervescent powder. A form of the popular herb licorice -
deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) - coats and protects the mucus lining of the
stomach and esophagus and is helpful in soothing cells irritated by reflux.
chewable DGL tablet maximizes contact between the herb and the esophageal
surfaces, where relief is often most needed.
UPSET STOMACH: Ginger can help
with mild cases of nausea and upset stomach. Several studies have shown that
ginger can potentially benefit several forms of nausea, from upset stomach to
morning sickness. Recent research has even shown ginger to help with nausea
associated with the side effects of chemotherapy (if used under the supervision
of a doctor).
For an upset stomach, try sipping a cup of chamomile or
peppermint tea. Both ingredients have been used for centuries to soothe upset
For a more long-term approach, consider incorporating
probiotics into your daily routine. Our bodies have good bacteria that live in
our guts called probiotics. In fact, we have more bacteria in our gut than we
have cells in our body, and these bacteria have important health-promoting
functions. They manufacture nutrients that break down food and protect us from
Consuming probiotics helps regulate digestive system function and
is a healthy step toward possibly preventing future digestive mischief. Yogurt
is a good source.
ACHING MUSCLES: Many of us have suffered from muscle cramps
or a stiff back. Several good options are available for relief.
you get adequate amounts of omega-3s in your diet is an excellent way to ease
those sore, tight muscles. Omega-3 fats play an integral role in human
physiology by counterbalancing excess inflammation resulting from activities of
daily living. Inflammation is a normal response to physiologic stresses, such as
exercise. Inflammation in excess, however, can be harmful and trigger tight
muscles and muscle cramps.
Studies have shown that Omega-3 supplements can
reduce inflammation and relieve chronic neck and low back pain. Home remedies
such as a warm epsom salt bath or compress can provide instant relief for sore,
tight muscles. Epsom salts are available at most pharmacies (check package
Also, try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm
epsom salt bath for additional effect. Lavender has been used traditionally for
calming anxiety, stress, tension and relaxing muscle spasms.
Of course, making sure your getting the proper nutrients is key to how you feel
overall on a day-to-day basis. You can incorporate vitamins and minerals into
your daily health regimen to fill any nutrient gaps. This may also prevent some
common maladies down the road.
For example, calcium and magnesium are two
essential minerals often insufficiently consumed via diet alone. Both are
important for normal muscle function but can also help you avoid muscle cramps
and aches. A multivitamin is another supplement to consider.
We all suffer
occasional aches and pains, sometimes because we eat too much or eat the wrong
things; perhaps we pushed to hard during a game of hoops; or sometimes, just
because. Of course, if your heartburn is more than occasional, if your stomach
is upset a little too often, or if your back or knees ache a little too much,
visit your doctor.
(Douglas Duffy is Naturally Savvy's Supplement Expert. He
is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and a former senior editor of the
peer-reviewed clinical journal Alternative Medicine Review. NaturallySavvy.com
is a website that educates people on the benefits of living a natural, organic
and green lifestyle. For more information and to sign up for their newsletter,
visit www.NaturallySavvy.com) (http://www.NaturallySavvy.com).
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