In recent months many patients have been coming to see me with symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, and stomach pain.
With any type of digestive issue it’s important to look at diet because you may be eating foods that irritate the gut or impair optimal digestion. Food sensitivities to wheat and dairy are common. You may see significant improvement after a 3-week trial of no wheat (bread, pasta, crackers, etc) and no dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese).
You can get more specific information with food sensitivity testing. This quick in-office test looks at over 120 different foods and shows which ones are the biggest issue for you.
Aloe vera, slippery elm, and DGL (licorice) are herbs that soothe and heal the gut. Aloe juice can be taken daily, slippery elm powder can be mixed into water or applesauce, and DGL tablets can be chewed with any irritation or pain.
If you have been on prescription antacid medications for many years you may have reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals such as B12, iron, calcium and magnesium. Blood tests can determine the levels of some of these nutrients and extra supplementation may be indicated.
There is no reason for you to suffer with digestive problems. Consider booking an appointment so you can have better digestion and overall greater health.
Have a great day,
Dr. Natalie Mazurin