Digestion

A grumbling gut can be just plain uncomfortable, or worse, symptomatic of larger problems. Get the latest news and information to keep your tummy in tip-top shape on the NorthStar blog on digestion.

  1. Don’t fall for this BOGUS safety alert about your heartburn [False alarm!]

    Americans are DITCHING some of the most dangerous drugs in the pharmacy… and turning to SAFER options for acid reflux.

    We should CELEBRATE that, right?

    Well, friend, you’d better believe the drug industry ISN’T celebrating.

    They’re in full-blown PANIC mode!

    See, they don’t look at the part where drugs for reflux such as PPIs are DANGEROUS.

    No, they’re only looking at the balance sheet… where these meds are some of the most PROFITABLE.

    When people SWITCH, they lose big bucks.

    So, in a desperate attempt to save their bank accounts, they’re pulling an ugly little stunt behind the scenes.

    They hoped you’d never see it…

    But today, I’m going to pull back the curtain… and EXPOSE how they’re putting the screws to your doctor right now…

    To get you BACK onto their money-making drugs.

    More importantly, I’ve got what they’re so afraid of: safe and proven home remedies that’ll chase away the excruciating agony of acid reflux.

    The SURPRISING cause of your acid reflux… and how to FIX it

    The new report in Medscape – a website for doctors and nurses and such – urges doctors to be frank with patients about the “limited evidence” and “potential risks” of reflux treatments.

    No, they haven’t finally come to their senses about reflux drugs like PPIs, whose risks are serious and, in some cases, SEVERE…

    Nope.

    It’s only the NATURAL stuff they want docs to rip into!

    And of course, the report delivers a whole lotta claptrap.

    Here’s a real beaut…

    The report claims apple cider vinegar – a time-tested reflux remedy some people swear by – is “toxic” when it has acetic acid concentrations of 20%.

    Except as the same report quietly notes, the apple cider vinegar people use contains less than 5% acetic acid… and most people dilute it FAR beyond that.

    Uh...why bring it up then???

    So they can make a bogus safety claim, of course!  

    Then the report claims vinegar shouldn’t be used anyway since it’s acidic and “reflux isn't related to a lack of acid but is due to an excess of acid.”

    And that, my friend, is so much BUNK… I started yelling at my computer like a crazy person.

    It is absolutely proven that not enough acid can CAUSE reflux, since low levels weaken the esophageal sphincter. That allows any acid left to reach the wrong place -- even when levels are low.

    In other words… if that’s the cause of your reflux… then something like apple cider vinegar can be EXACTLY what you need.

    Yet these ninnies are trying to scare you away from it!

    The report isn’t ALL negative. It actually recommends melatonin for reflux – something I’ve never really had near the top of my list for reflux, but certainly worth a shot.

    Apple cider vinegar isn’t at the top of my list either, for that matter…

    Most people see much bigger improvements with acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes.

    In fact, this easy approach works for about 2/3 of patients.

    And one of my favorites is DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice).

    If you’ve tried ALL of the above… and still aren’t getting relief… get tested for other possible problems.

    You’ll want to rule out an undiagnosed ulcer and/or hidden food sensitivity.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [Finally!] Heal your gut wounds with this rainforest vine

    You’re WRITHING in pain… and SCARED out of your wits.

    Having an ulcer isn’t just painful…

    It can put you in the crosshairs for cancer!

    As if that weren’t bad enough, the drugs the mainstream offers put a target on your back for bone loss

    And even dementia.

    That’s about as bad as anything can get.

    But you don’t have to SACRIFICE your bones… or LOSE your precious memories

    Because there’s a secret from the Amazon rainforest that’s helped indigenous South Americans BEAT gastric ulcers since the Incan Empire.

    And it’s just as effective today as it was in pre-Columbian time.

    The cat’s out of the bag

    Native to Peru, cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a woody vine with curved – or “claw-shaped” -- thorns.

    The tribes of the Andes call it “uña de gato”… and they’ve used its bark as medicine since the time of the Incans.

    Hence its nickname, the “life-giving vine of Peru.”

    Its ability to REVERSE peptic ulcers stems WAY beyond Amazonian folklore…

    Because scientific studies have PROVEN how cat’s claw…

    1. HEALS wounds
    2. BOOSTS immunity, and
    3. EXTINGUISHES inflammation by inhibiting TNF-alpha.

    Its ability to close up those open sores in your stomach lining means you’re MUCH less likely to experience the DEVASTATION of “leaky gut” syndrome, too.

    And if you’re worried about the heightened cancer risk that comes with peptic ulcers… you’ll be relieved to know that cat’s claw has demonstrated anti-cancer and anti-tumor action as well.

    That may be in part because of its ability to repair DNA damage… which is a hallmark of the oxidative damage that occurs with a wounded gut

    Fortunately, cat’s claw is a potent antioxidant

    And it can BEAT BACK the production of reactive oxygen species that cause oxidative stress.

    You can find cat’s claw as a liquid extract, in capsule or tablet form, or as a tea at your local health food store or online.

    Another cat’s claw species with therapeutic value is Uncaria guianensis, best-known for its wound-healing abilities.

    But Uncaria tomentosa is the best-studied… and most commonly available… species.

  3. The FDA just dished out TERRIBLE heartburn advice [Beware!]

    I’ll say one nice thing about the FDA. After all, we’re entering the season of giving. When the chips are down… times are tough… and it feels like everyone’s turning on you… I hope you have a friend in your corner who’s as loyal to you as the FDA is to its drug company pals. Right now, one drug is...
  4. WARNING: Common autoimmune drug linked to deadly new risks

    If you watch any TV at all… you’ve almost certainly seen the ads. They show happy, active autoimmune patients bouncing through life without a care in the world -- thanks to the magic of tofacitinib (a.k.a. Xeljanz). Just pop a pill or two, and you’re off to climb the Himalayas… audition for the NFL… skydive with the Army Rangers… wrestle...
  5. Do acid reflux drugs pack the world’s most DEVIOUS side effect?

    Here’s a question for ya today… If you got on a plane and the pilot announced it was a “largely safe” aircraft… and that he has a record of landing intact “for the most part”… what would you do? I know I’d calmly get up from my seat… and walk right back out the door and straight to the rental...
  6. Could Big Pharma’s constipation ‘cure’ make you want to OFF yourself? [Scary]

    I’ve heard of plenty of ways to describe constipation. Painful… frustrating… exhausting… embarrassing… and a few I can’t print here! But I’ve never – not once – heard anyone say they’ve thought about KILLING themselves over it. But if you take the new gut-clearing med, that’s EXACTLY what could be running through your head! That’s an ACTUAL RISK linked to...
  7. [Urgent Warning] Big Pharma tips docs off to ALARMING drug risks

    It’s the letter you were NEVER meant to see. It was sent to doctors around the country on the hush-hush… to quietly warn them about a whole mess of new dangers linked to a popular drug. People with inflammation of the large intestine are suffering horrific, newly uncovered drug risks. But all the dirty details were being HIDDEN from those patients! Well, guess what...
  8. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats! Continue reading

  9. Why a Lack of Fiber Could Be Killing You

    fiber lack ofThe average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.

    Unfortunately, the average American adult only gets about 15 grams of fiber per day – just about half the amount you need!

    And it turns out this lack of fiber could be killing you.

    Sound alarmist? That’s because it’s alarming – but it’s also the truth.

    Getting enough fiber isn’t just about feeling fuller, longer, so you stick to your diet.

    It’s not even only about the sustained energy that comes from the healthy carbohydrates where most people find their fiber.

    Getting enough fiber is about fighting off diseases that can actually kill you.

    Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let’s look at what a lack of fiber is doing to your health…

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  10. 12 Tips to Stay Regular While on Vacation

    regular stayIt’s summer and that means summer vacation!

    Whether you’re globetrotting, heading to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between, the last thing you want is to deal with stomach issues on the road.

    Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or even planning to stay regular every step of the way!

    We’ve even compiled this go-to guide, with the tips you need to keep “going”, no matter where you’re going.

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  11. 4 Delicious Easy-to-Digest Meals

    digest easy toMany things change as our bodies age, some good, some not so good.

    For some people, it becomes more important to eat east-to-digest foods and meals than it once was.

    But that doesn’t mean your meals have to be bland, uninteresting, or tasteless.

    Your digestive tract may need a little TLC, but your taste buds are just fine!

    So, we’ve collected four recipes, and even a few tips, that taste good AND keep your tummy happy.

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  12. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest.

    That acidy taste in the back of your throat.

    You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms.

    If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn.

    You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally.

    And in this article, we’ll tell you how…

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  13. 10 Must-Have Superfoods for Better Digestion

    Superfoods are all the rage these days, and for good reason.

    They are nutritionally dense, address multiple health concerns at once, and usually taste great.

    But did you also know that some superfoods can help you with better digestion?

    Because sometimes good health isn’t just about your heart, brain, and life expectancy.

    Sometimes, good health is far more basic than that.

    Sometimes, what you want is to get over the discomfort, gas, bloating, and constipation that comes from poor digestion.

    On those days, focus on these superfoods – for overall health AND better digestion.

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  14. Listen to Your Gut: The Complete Guide of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

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    Nothing is more important than your health – but if don’t know how to listen to your gut, you aren’t taking care of your health the way you think you are.

    Don’t get us wrong, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are essential steps to maintaining your health and we’re not arguing that.

    But listening to your gut is the piece you may be missing.

    We’ve been taught that bacteria is bad, and when it’s on your kitchen counter or in a scrape on your knee, it is.

    Bad when it’s in your gut, it’s the cornerstone of health. Continue reading

  15. 6 Unknown Causes of Stomach Pressure

    pressure stomachSome of the causes of stomach pressure are so common they’re clichéd.

    After all, everyone knows beans are a magical fruit…

    But what happens when you’ve stopped eating the obvious foods that can cause stomach pressure and discomfort, but you’re still dealing with it?

    If this is the case, then it’s time to look beyond the obvious.

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  16. How is My Stomach REALLY? [Take the Leaky Gut Test]

    test leaky gut Are you suffering from symptoms from your head all the way down?

    Do you really not feel well, in spite of being “just fine”?

    Has your doctor given you a laundry list of treatments that don’t seem to be working?

    If any of this sounds familiar, we may have answers for you – finally.

    Because your symptoms may not be the problem at all. The problem may be in your gut.

    Take the leaky gut test, and learn if relief is just around the corner…

     

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  17. 6 Benefits of Licorice Root to Boost Your Health

    licorice root benefitsMost of us gave up the Easter Bunny decades ago, but you might be tempted to rethink his visit once you know that a health booster may be lurking in your Easter basket!

    Even if you used to turn your nose up at the licorice jelly beans, you’ll change your mind once you learn about the health benefits of licorice root.

    Now, obviously licorice candy isn’t the healthy way to reap the benefits of licorice root. But a health boosting supplement? That’s worth getting excited about. Continue reading

  18. Could Nettle Root Extract Be the Key to Great Health?

    If there were leaves…or stems…or roots of a plant that could change your health, wouldn’t you want to know about them?

    And what if there was one single plant that you could use every part of to support and promote great health?

    Well, I’ve got news for you. From the leaves to the stems to the nettle root extract, you’re going to want to know about every part of the stinging nettle plant – and how it can help you maintain your best health. Continue reading

  19. 10 Shocking Foods That Keep You Regular

    How often should you be having bowel movements?

    What are foods that keep you regular?

    These aren’t exactly questions people ask each other openly.

    But just because most people are uncomfortable discussing digestive health doesn’t mean people aren’t thinking about digestive health.

    Between 15% and 20% of the American population deals with ongoing constipation issues. Which is why it’s important that you have answers.

    You deserve to understand what’s normal. And know all the foods that can keep you regular – including the ones you don’t expect! Continue reading

  20. 13 Surprising Foods and Drinks for a Healthy Digestive System

    digestive system healthyYou try to take care of yourself but some days it doesn’t always work. Some days, it feels like every attempt to keep a healthy digestive system backfires.

    Those are the days that a little patience, and the right dietary choices are in order. Make sure you’re getting these foods and beverages on a regular basis and make for a healthy digestive system, every day. Continue reading

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