Before you go reaching for an antacid, take a moment to stop and consider your daily diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. Why haven't you thought to take a more proactive approach instead of the easy (and expensive) solution of slapping on a pharmaceutical band-aid?
Here are a few proactive diet additions to help with the inconvenience of digestive ailments.
- Apple cider vinegar - (Read this previous post for the health benefits)
- Cayenne Pepper- Cayenne aids in the assimilation and elimination of foods and actually helps rebuild the lining in the stomach, making it a great herbal medicine for ulcer sufferers.
- Garlic- A daily dose improves digestion. Garlic assists in normal functioning of the intestines and also has antibacterial properties that make it hard for pathogens to live in the body. Try to incorporate more garlic into your diet when you are traveling to deter acute intestinal infections.
- Probiotics- Probiotics are live microbial bacteria aka "good bacteria" that are naturally present in the digestive tract. In addition to taking a supplement, you can also find them in foods like: yogurt, miso, some soy products, and milk. Just look for the words, "live active cultures". They help treat digestive ailments like diarrhea, constipation, IBS, Crohn's and also aid in fighting other ailments such as yeast infections, and urinary tract infections. They are most commonly recommended by health practitioners during and after antibiotic use.