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Will Treating Acid Reflux Cure Your Bad Breath?

Posted in Uncategorized, Health & Fitness on August 4th, 2008

The chances are that if you suffer from acid reflux, you may also be aware that your breath isn’t quite as fresh as those non-GERD sufferers around you.  The fact is that when acid refluxes into your esophagus, that horrible sensation and taste is also accompanied by a not-so-pleasant smell.  If you’re simply sitting at home alone watching television, it’s uncomfortable, but your breath doesn’t really bother anyone but you.  However, if there’s anyone around you, the chances are that they’ll soon be taking a step back, scrunching their noses, or handing you a mint. 

But how do you know when your breath is really that bad? You’ve tried breathing into the palm of your hand, but you simply can’t tell.  One technique recommended by experts on job interviews and social interaction is to give the inside of your wrist a quick lick (assuming you’re not wearing perfume there) and wait for it to dry.  Once it’s no longer wet, smell the spot – does it smell sour or unpleasant?  If so, you’ve got bad breath.

But what can a GERD sufferer do?  You’ve likely heard that peppermint and other forms of mint, such as that in chewing gums, breath mints, and other breath-improving products can actually aggravate your acid reflux and, in turn, make your breath even worse. 

Don’t panic. There are many things that you can do to ensure that your breath stays as pleasant as possible.  If you speak to your doctor, a nutritionist, or a naturopath, they will likely tell you that your first step is to change your diet.  You need to eat foods that help keep your acid reflux under control.  The more you experience acid reflux, the worse your breath will be. 

When you’re choosing your next meal (and all of those that follow), try to keep both your acid reflux and your breath in mind.  Onions, garlic, spicy foods, and fried foods tend to give most people bad breath.  But since these foods also aggravate acid reflux symptoms, then your reaction to them will be twice as unpleasant – to you and those around you. 

You can also start trying to lower your stress level through various activities such as exercise, relaxation, yoga, breathing techniques, and anything else that will calm you down.  Stress can contribute to bad breath, though many people are unaware of this fact, and can also encourage behaviors that worsen acid reflux.  So if your breath is already prone to being sour due to GERD symptoms, then you’ll want to work on your stress levels to stop the situation from getting any worse.

Once you start reducing stress levels and begin eating better, you’ll quickly discover that these changes not only make an enormous difference, but they’re not half as difficult as you’d through they’d be.  The trick is to make the changes slowly and ease them into your life while building the positive habits. 

You may also find that by taking certain medications or natural or herbal GERD remedies, you’ll give yourself just that much more of an advantage for keeping your bad breath under control.

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Is Red Clover a Good Gout Herbal Medicine?

Posted in Uncategorized, Health & Fitness on May 5th, 2008

Red clover has been used traditionally as gout herbal medicine for centuries due to its ability to remove toxins from the body.  However, using red clover isn’t without its side effects.  Scientists are now seeing that red clover thins the blood, so it should not be taken without the guidance of a doctor or other health professional. If you are already on anticoagulant medicine, red clover should not be used.

The properties within red clover that make it an effective gout herbal medicine are isoflavones.  The isoflavones levels in red clover are 100 times higher than those of soy. This helps to heal inflammatory conditions, including gout, but also arthritis and eczema.

As a herbal medicine, red clover is also known as:

- Meadow clover
- Cow clover
- Purple clover
- Trifolium pratense (Latin name)
- Trefoil
- Wild clover

Red cover belongs to the pea family. It helps with the elimination of uric acid, which is important to the treatment of gout, since symptoms are a result of a buildup of uric acid causing crystal formation on the joints.   Therefore, as red clover helps to eliminate levels of uric acid in the blood, the body has a reduced chance of experiencing a build up of uric acid therefore, reducing the likelihood of a gout attack.

Before taking red clover, be sure to speak to your health specialist, as you should before taking any new herb or supplement.  As a gout herbal medicine, red clover is available in many different forms.  These include:

- Teas
- Tinctures
- Capsules
- Tablets
- Liquid extracts
- Isoflaven standardized extracts
- Topical ointments

When taken as tea, simply use one to two teaspoons of dried red clover flowers in a mug (8 ounces) of hot water; two to three cups should be taken daily.  Or, red clover extract can be mixed into a regular cup of tea. 

Red clover in capsule form is usually taken in doses of 50mg to 150mg daily.  If the capsules are red clover isoflavone extracts, then 28mg to 85mg is the normal daily dose. This means that two to three capsules will likely be required.  For individual dosage instruction speak to a doctor. 

For a direct topical treatment, red clover ointment or cream can be applied directly to the affected area.  However, take care not to apply to any area where there is broken skin.

Red clover tincture should be thirty percent alcohol (1:5), and is taken in hot water as a tea with usually between sixty to one hundred drops (3 to 5 mL), three times every day. 

Red clover herbal products are available at many natural and herbal stores.  It is quite a common item so should be available in several forms at your local health shop.

Be aware of the possible side effects of gout herbal medicine made with red clover.  General side effects can include nausea, headache, and rash.  Infertility has also been witnessed in animals that graze on red clover patches. For more information please speak to a health professional.

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2007

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