Are you taking antacids like they’re candy?

If you are like millions of Americans who suffer from gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and upset stomach you may have been lead to believe that products like Tums, Maalox, and Rolaids are quite possibly your only salvation. It’s simply not the case.

 

Tums and Rolaids – both well-known popular products are made from a base of calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide (which is not for upset stomach but to treat constipation). Tums also admits to containing trace amounts of lead (which even in small amounts can cause harmful effects).

 

Maalox is made with magnesium hydroxide, aluminum hydroxide (which has side effects ranging from tarry stool, to coughing up blood, pain during urination to muscle weakness) and simethicone (which has several drug interaction warnings along with possible side effects of swelling of the lips, tongue or throat).

 

Additional to these active ingredients all of these over the counter medications also contain artificial flavors, saccharine (which has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals), Sorbitol (which has an array of side effects including nausea, gas, diarrhea and cramps).

 

Aren’t all of these things the very ailments you were trying to heal yourself from in the first place by consuming these products?

 

We, as a society have been taught to trust the Food and Drug Administration. We assume that because a product has been approved, that it is not only safe, but also actually good for us. Sadly this is not always the case.

 

In most cases nature has provided us with everything that we need to heal our bodies organically, only in this day and age we have gotten so far away from our roots that a lot of us have forgotten or never even had the advantage of being taught what plants, herbs and supplements have a healing effect on our physiology.

 

First of all, if you have these conditions it is recommended to avoid aggravating them by staying away from spicy foods and alcohol and of course, hardest of all, stress. But should you experience symptoms such as listed above here are a few things to try.

 

Papaya Lozenges are soothing to the stomach lining and reduce irritations such as bloating, gas and indigestion. Papaya contains natural enzymes that break down the proteins, fats & carbohydrates encouraging proper absorption of the nutrients in the food you eat.

 

Ginger is another incredibly powerful herb that supports healthy digestion when taken as a daily supplement. Ginger can also be taken in emergency situations where you don’t feel at all well due to upset stomach. It helps support the body’s response to nausea by settling the stomach. Ginger’s active ingredients are called proteolytic. This is a digestive enzyme similar to those found in papaya and pineapple. Ginger works three ways to nutritionally support the gastrointestinal function. First, it acts to provide relief for the stomach absorbing acids and toxins that cause nausea. Second, Ginger nutritionally supports the body’s own ability to control the inflammatory response function.

Third, Ginger nutritionally supports the digestive process to assist the body in controlling nausea, vomiting, and vertigo. Users of ginger swear by it for the comforting and soothing effects it offers.

 

Peppermint is also very useful in aiding in the digestive process. It helps to relieve gas and nausea due to indigestion, soothes the stomach lining and can relieve cramps; it calms nerves and invigorates the digestive tract. We suggest that everyone who drinks coffee should at least on occasion, replace it with a cup of peppermint tea. Coffee harms the body by weakening the heart and making it hard for food to digest. And if that isn’t your “cup of tea” it can also be taken in capsule form.

 

Next time you are having gastrointestinal distress before you reach for that pack of antacids, I hope you think of this article and give something a little more gentle and natural a try.

Author: Sarah Barendse

Originally Published at HCBL.com

JELL-O No! Why This dessert is anything but healthy

Jell-O

It’s colorful, wiggly and fun. It is one of the most versitile creative foods on the market. You can make jell-o molds, jell-o shots, jell-o gigglers, parfaits, mix flavors, colors, it is essentially a fruit party in a box. Jell-o has been a favorite of kids and adults alike since the brand was founded in 1897.

Gelatin itself dates back to as early as the 1400’s. It is a protein produced from collagen that comes out of animal bones and connective tissues when they are boiled. It became popular during the Victorian era especially among the upper crust of society. In its original form it was time consuming to produce until 1845 when a patent for powdered gelatin was issued. This made it more readily accessible to the general public. It wasn’t long after that that flavors were added and a dessert treat known as Jell-O was founded.

Modern day Jell-o is primarily chemical…

Lets take a look:

Ingredients:

-Sugar – Sugar has been linked to obesity, and suspected of, or fully implicated as a cause in the occurrence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, and tooth decay. It has highly addictive properties. Much of the sugar produced is genetically modified.

-Gelatin is a complex mixture of proteins derived from partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from animal hides and bones. It has little nutritional value. Though we must add that gelatin aides digestion and has been successfully used in the treatment of many intestinal disorders. The reason of the beneficial effect on digestions is because gelation is a hydrophilic colloidal substance. This means that it attracts and holds liquids. It facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut and by distributing digestive action evenly through all the food. Consuming good amounts of gelatin with every meal greatly reduces the digestive stress resulting from the consumption of processed and cooked food or from sub-optimal digestive function. Gelatin also improves digestibility of beans and legumes, grains, dairy and meat protein. HEALTHY SUGGESTION: buy PLAIN GELATIN and Mix it with your favorite Juice. Allow it to set, and POOF you have homemade jello without all the chemicals.

-Adipic Acid (pH control agent; Flavoring agent; Preservative, controls tartness) It increases shelf life. The FDA cautions to not ingest more than 227 grams per 100lbs of body weight daily.

Contains less than 2% of:

-Natural and Artificial Flavor – As “Natural” remains undefined by the FDA this can contain pretty much anything.

-Disodum Phosphate and Sodium Citrate (Flavoring agent; Emulsifier; Texturizer; pH control agent) It is an inorganic salt.

-Fumaric Acid (for tartness)

-Red 40, Blue 1 (and other assorted colors) – new studies now show synthetic preservatives and artificial coloring agents aggravate ADD & ADHD symptoms. Several major studies show academic performance increased and disciplinary problems decreased in large non-ADD student populations when artificial ingredients, including artificial colors, were eliminated from school food programs. Many of these colors include levels approved by the FDA of arsenic and mercury and have been banned in the European Union.

-BHA (preservative) Though the FDA recognizes it as GRAS (generally recognized as safe), The National institute of Health says it’s “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It has been linked to cancer and has been banned in many countries.

And alternately – in sugar free jell-o the sweetener replacing sugar is:

-Aspartame (Phenylketonurics contains Phenylalanine) Created from the excretions of genetically modified bacteria.
What’s in it: Phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Reported side effects: Headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain.

– Acesulfame Potassium is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen.
Reported side effects: Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglemica.

-Nutritional Content
Fat Free
70 calories Regular / 10 calories sugar free
19 grams of sugar carbs / 0 net carbs sugar free
40-55 milligrams of sodium
2 grams of protein / 1 gram of protein sugar free
No nutrients or vitamins

Why on earth this is fed to people in hospitals on a regular basis is beyond me. Not only does it have no nutritional content and barely any energy from calories, but it also contains numerous chemicals which – though FDA approved – are shown to harm the body.

The conclusion? Jell-o may be fun, but it most certainly is not healthy.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jell-O
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/top-number-most-dangerous-artificial-sweeteners.html
http://www.labelwatch.com/prod_results.php?pid=142505
http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/j-ello.htm
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5137568_nutritional-value-jello.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12055324
http://www.livescience.com/36424-food-additive-bha-butylated-hydroxyanisole.html

Published also on naturalnews.com/blogs/author/sarahbarendse and drleonardcoldwell.com as well as HCBL.com/blog