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Natural products for heartburn

We all know that eating fast foods like hot dogs, chili and nachos can lead to uncomfortable heartburn that makes you wish that you wouldn’t have indulged. Fortunately, there are some natural products that can help to ease the pain and suffering so that you can enjoy your favorite foods again. Make sure to tune into Daybreak this Wednesday to see us chat about them.

Papaya Enzyme
Papayas contain a digestive enzyme called papain that is found in the fruit, seeds and leaves of the papaya plant. This enzyme, also known as vegetable pepsin, is often used to treat digestive problems and heartburn. Papaya is also useful for lung health, prevention of heart disease, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory effects and protection against macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis. Nature’s Plus Papaya Enzyme chewable tablet is derived from 100% all-natural papaya is gluten free, vegetarian and hypo-allergenic.

Boiron Nux Vomica
Boiron Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy that temporarily relieves occasional heartburn, acid indigestion or sour stomach. It also temporarily relieves upset stomach associated with nausea or fullness due to overindulgence in food or drink as well as hangover symptoms. Plus it is safe, there are no known side effects and no known drug interactions. www.boironusa.com/products/nux-vomica

Axia3® ProDigestive® Antacid
Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid is the first ProDigestive antacid supplement to deliver fast-acting relief from occasional heartburn, while promoting healthy digestion. Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid is ideal for people that suffer from occasional heartburn due to diet, stress, exercise, and other causes. It is very different from traditional antacids because it is formulated with an exclusive blend of natural enzymes that work with your body’s digestive system. www.axia3.com

Aloe Vera
According to Dr. Oz more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn or GERD (acid reflux) symptoms at least once a month. To help treat and prevent GERD you can utilize the healing qualities of Aloe Vera juice. When taken internally, Aloe Vera helps to soothe an irritated esophagus to help treat acid reflux. Make sure to not take Aloe Vera directly from the plant as a home remedy, as the gel can be contaminated with the aloe latex which is not recommended as an internal treatment. Hanna Kroeger’s Aloe Leaf Gel helps to prevent intestinal difficulties and heartburn and is an overall immune booster and general healing tonic.

Natural products for after sun care

We all know the importance of protecting our skin while outdoors, but what do we do AFTER we are out in the sun to protect our bodies? The good news is that there are an array of natural products that can help us restore and renew after a long day playing under the rays. Check out some of our favorites and make sure to check us out this Wednesday on Daybreak to see us talk about them.

Internal After Sun Strategies
There are a variety of easy products that you can take internally to help you to recharge and renew after a day in the sun. According to WebMD, research has found that Vitamin C, Vitamin E and selenium, can help protect and nourish skin and reverse some discoloration and wrinkles after sun exposure. In fact, according to Karen E. Burke, MD, PhD, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s department of dermatology these powerful antioxidants work because they help to speed up our skin’s ability to repair.

Unsightly sun spots can be another consequence of being out in the sun. These little brownish marks can tar our complexion and cause us to look older. While some only slather on creams to fight sun spots, you can fight them internally as well. Beets contain betacyanin, which gives them their color. This powerful antioxidant helps to fuel the body and also helps fight sun spots. You can get the nutrition of three red beets by drinking a shot of Red Ace, a groovy new organic beet performance supplement.

External After Sun Strategies
One thing that everyone craves after a long day in the sun, is a great all-around lotion. Mountain Ocean’s Skin Trip original coconut moisturizer smells and feels like a beachy vacation in a bottle. It’s extremely fast absorbing, non-greasy formula featuring coconut oil, aloe vera and lanolin soothes, protects and quickly replenishes needed moisture to dry skin and is perfect to soothe on after a day in the sun.

Looking to use something that you might already have handy? Try making your very own Aloe Vera mask made from your very own plant. Simply cut off a plump leaf and cut it open to apply directly to the skin. Aloe gel has anti-inflammatory benefits and has been used since ancient Egyptian times to soothe burned skin. You can even combine your aloe with a little honey to make it go on smoother. Also, honey contains natural antihistamines that can help fight the itchy feeling that comes with a sunburn.

Disclosure: For information only. Please consult your individual health care provider for medical advice. 

 

Natural chronic pain relievers

According to the Institute of Medicine, Chronic Pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year. Yes, 116 million! The most common areas of chronic pain are back/neck, joints, headaches and stomach/cramps. Thankfully, there are many natural options that can help. Make sure that when you are choosing your products you check for quality. For instance, a good supplement has no fillers and contains targeted nutrients that your body will recognize and utilize. Here are some to check out, and make sure to talk to your primary health care physician to devise the best approach for you.

Back and Neck Pain
The Thera Crane is an amazingly simple yet effective self-massager that makes it easy to apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to hard, knotted “trigger points” anywhere they occur – breaking up tension even in the hardest-to-reach muscles. Many chronic pain sufferers swear by it! Another option for back pain is taking a magnesium and calcium supplement because it helps to support nerve and muscle health which is connected to back pain. Finally, check out Emu-Rub for stiffness and nerve support–especially if you suffer from a chronic stiff neck. Emu oil has been used for thousands of years as a Natural medicine by the Aborigines of Australia.

Joint Pain
Glucosamine & Chondroitin plus MSM is one of the most recognized supplements for joint health. Studies have shown that these nutrients provide dietary components that support healthy joint structure and function. Tumeric is gaining popularity for joint health because of its anti-inflammatory capabilities. Finally, joint homeopathics may help to temporarily relieve symptoms associated with arthritis and other painful joint conditions. This water-based gel features targeted homeopathic components and blend of herbs that absorb quickly into the skin.

Headaches
Hyland’s Headache is a traditional homeopathic formula that helps headaches that are either right or left sided and may extend to the base of the neck. Echinacea is typically known for immune support but can also help with those dreadful sinus headaches. The key is its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help to fight sinus issues. Also, if you get consistent headaches, don’t discard the potential for a grain or gluten allergy.