Effective Heartburn Remedies Using DGL Licorice?
The discomfort of heartburn can make every meal a nightmare or make it impossible for you to sleep comfortably. The irritation can manifest as a low, uncomfortable heat in your throat and chest, or as an all-out inferno that nothing seems to ease.
Every time you swallow, the circular band of muscle at the bottom of your esophagus (the lower esophageal sphincter) opens, allows food into the stomach, and then closes like an on/off valve.
The main symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease(GERD) is heartburn, which occurs when that valve becomes weak or damaged, allowing stomach acid or bile to back up into the esophagus. This causes irritation to the mucosal lining and the esophagus becomes inflamed and eventually erodes.
Certain risk factors for GERD:
GERD is a chronic digestive disorder that affects one-third of the United States population. It can lead to further complications, including cancer. It is the most common and most expensive gastrointestinal illness, with costs soaring close to $10 billion dollars annually…and there is no cure.
All heartburn is acid reflux – when your stomach pushes acid backwards and up into the esophagus.
Top 3 symptoms of acid reflux:
Other symptoms include sore throat, hoarseness, chronic cough, increased saliva production, chest pains and bad breath. Acid reflux affects children as well as adults and can cause vomiting, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Though there is no cure…you can ease the symptoms of GERD.
Licorice root has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 3,000 years and naturally provides extensive antioxidant benefits.
In its botanical state, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, a compound known as glycyrrhizin is present, which delivers all the health-enhancing benefits. It has been shown to cause blood pressure elevation in some cases, so shouldn’t be used if you have high blood pressure.
DGL stands for De-Glycyrrhizinated Licorice root. That means you get all the benefits without the risks. DGL stops inflammation, lowers acid production, and begins healing mucosal membrane damage to the esophagus.
Unlike over-the-counter (OTC) antacids that block stomach acid production, licorice enhances blood flow to the esophagus and stimulates the formation of new mucosal cells. Even better news? It is proving to be more effective than OTC medications.
Borrowed from UndergroundHealthReporter