03 Oct 2013 4 Comments
So I’ve been reading up on stomach acid and the accompanying problems associated with the same. Seems all these antacids we’re taking might not be the best route. As a woman who prefers natural healing over pharmaceutical, I thought I’d delve into the issue a bit more and search for a food remedy. If you’re a follower of my blog, you know there are ties between what we eat and health issues we encounter so for me it’s a no-brainer do the research. I discovered some startling facts. While it’s easy to understand the effects of fast food on a body, how about tomatoes?
They look good, taste delicious, but did you know they can aggravate the condition commonly referred to as of GERD? Onions, too. Who knew?
Not me. Chocolate isn’t recommended for those suffering from the condition either. What a bummer. HUGE bummer. Alcohol exacerbates the condition, too. Bye-bye wine!
Anyoo, I began my research because I’ve been having stomach acid issues of late. While I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, I think I’ve narrowed it down to the onset–a three-week period of time when I took a daily NSAID for back pain. Doctor told me to take an antacid with it, but I didn’t listen. Remember, I don’t like to take meds, so unless I NEED it, I don’t take it. Apparently I NEEDED it to combat the effects of the NSAID on my stomach lining. Moral of the story: Ask more thorough questions. (My doctor’s gonna love that!)
Working from my new theory, I’ve diagnosed myself with a potential peptic ulcer. It meets the checklist of symptoms, began around the time I began the NSAID. Makes sense to me there could be a link. Besides, the alternative prescription was a six-week regimen of daily antacids for acid-reflux. Not appealing to me. Besides, there’s information out there to suggest that lowering my stomach acid temporarily could potentially worsen the condition in the long run. We’ll save that for another post.
Me? I’m a food remedy gal who prefers natural methods. In light of my self-diagnosis, I’ve decided to try cabbage juice. Apparently this veggie is one of the wonder-workers in the garden, particularly beneficial when it comes to stomach ulcers. Seven to ten-day healing is the claim and if it works, yahoo! If not, no harm no foul, right? I’m still eating healthy.
Cabbage juice is easy to make and quite tasty, especially when combined with apples and carrots. To make an 8-ounce glass, you’ll need one large carrot, one small apple (organic please, as this is one of the most toxic when it comes to commercial pesticides) and a quarter head of cabbage. I cored the apple, discarding the center and peeled the carrot. For the cabbage, I cut out the hard stem and used 1/4 the leaf body.
Simply turn of your juicer, insert vegetables and voilá, you have cabbage juice! Some kind of beautiful, isn’t it? (First photo is before mixing.) Knowing that your holding a cup full of powerhouse antioxidants adds to the allure. Granted you have to drink this four times a day for the quick healing results, but it is good and I can use the extra vitamins. For those of you prone to gas, reduce your intake to 4-ounces.
So there you have it. I’ve begun my experiment with the natural healing benefits of Cabbage-Carrot-Apple Juice. I’ll keep you posted on my results.