Penn Herb Wellness Guide
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
- Use charcoal for gas
Take 388 to 584 mg of activated charcoal within two hours after a gas-forming meal to reduce flatulence.
- Relax your gut withtraditional treatments
Try a carminative herbal blend containing peppermint, caraway, and/or fennel to help relax intestinal cramping and relieve gas
- Try artichoke
Take an extract providing 500 to 1,000 mg per day cynarin if your indigestion may be due to insufficient bile production by the liver.
- Get a checkup
See your healthcare provider to make sure your symptoms are not related to a medical problem.
- Slow down at the table
Take time to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
- Try lactase enzymes
If your symptoms seem to be brought on by milk products, try taking lactase digestive enzymes before eating those foods.
- Help digestion with pancreatic enzymes
Taking enzymes at each meal that provide 30,000 USP units (IU) of lipase and also include protease and amylase enzymes can improve digestion.
- Check for food sensitivities
Work with a practitioner knowledgeable about food intolerance to see if certain foods make your symptoms worse.
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