As the holidays are trailing off and routines return to normal I noticed something. As with most people, I over ate this holiday with great food, friends, and family. Heartburn and discomfort happened from my own error. Normally I dont get them, but when I do I used to turn to Tums or some other kind of “ant-acid.” Last year my wife and I learned of DGL. This stuff is pretty inexpensive and works like a charm!! It is licorice and can affect hypertension and fluid retention so be careful taking it if you have those issues. But it seems to work almost immediately! Im sure licorice works just as good but the special DGL kind is what we take. Chewable is the way to go. A little bitter and strange, but the saliva breaks it down and makes the discomfort go away naturally! It helps your body work as it should, not by reducing stomach acid. We need the acid to digest food! This increases and soothes the lining of the stomach and esophagus. Read below to learn more…
“Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice a Lesser Known Solution for Treating Acid Reflux
In light of our increasing awareness of the risks associated with acid-reflux targeting medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), including Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, it seems only fair to offer an alternative means of treating acid reflux. That’s where deglycyrrhizinated licorice comes in.
Treating Acid Reflux with Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice
Enter Deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or to spare having to spell it, DGL. Marketed in Europe, South Africa and Canada as a preparation called ‘Caved-S,’ DGL has shown great promise as a reliever of gastrointestinal ulcers in clinical trials, and is also commonly regarded as a treatment for the pain associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly referred to as acid reflux.
Licorice, called ‘gan cao‘ in Mandarin, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to augment digestion, stop coughing and ‘fire’ in the throat, relieve spasms,and harmonize the effects of other herbs. Due to concerns about water retention and hypertensive effects resulting from the glycyrrhizin in traditional licorice, supplemental licorice is almost always in its de-glycyrrhizinated form, meaning that the offending compound has been removed.
In addition to it’s traditional gastrointestinal uses in western medicine, an article awarded the ‘Best Paper Award’ by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences last year reported on a study wherein licorice showed great potential in preventing liver injury. …”