Sunday, April 19, 2009

DGL spells relief!

Caleb and I both have sensitive tummies, along with prescribing yogurt our alternative doctor also suggested we use DGL chewable tablets.  I had 4 previous doctors of different specialties (family doc, pediatrician, pediatric gastroentronologist, and an allergist) prescribe Caleb (age 5 at the time) heavy duty adult heartburn drugs.  When I asked them how long Caleb would have to take these drugs, they all said he would probably have to take them for the rest of his life!!!  I was not at peace with this coarse of action.  So I sought out the opinion of one of the dad's from Caleb's school who also happens to be an MD with a more alternative approach.  He also suggested that I read the book "Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You", which I did and highly recommend for anyone who deals with sensitive tummy issues...  


I love that the DGL is an all natural product and I can give Caleb and entire bottle if I needed to without the risk of overdosing or side effects.  I always leave them out for the babysitters, and don't have to fear weather or not the babysitter knows how to correctly portion the meds...  And they are extremely effective!  My heartburn is usually gone within 15 MINUTES!!!  Needless to say, I'm a huge fan now!  :)  

Here is some info I found on the internet about DGL:

Stomach Discomfort
Almost everyone is familiar with the discomfort of an upset stomach. Most of us have indulged in our favorite foods, only to pay for it later during a sleepless night. Over-the-counter antacid tablets help, but recent research has revealed some concerns for those who consume them on a regular basis. Most prescription medications used to treat stomach discomfort do so by inhibiting or blocking acid secretion. Though temporarily effective, these medications often come with unpleasant side effects. Chewable DGL tablets offer a safe, effective way to relieve stomach discomfort naturally.

Features & Benefits of DGL Licorice

bulletLicorice flavonoids help inhibit acid secretion*
bulletIncreases blood flow to gastric mucosal cells*
bulletPromotes secretion of the protective mucosal layer*
bulletPromotes the growth of new mucosal cells*
bulletLicorice extract is de-glycyrrhizinated to avoid side effects

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How Does Licorice Work?
Licorice, or Glycyrrhiza glabra, has been used for over 3,000 years, making it one of the most widely used medicinal herbs in history.* Licorice naturally contains 10 triterpenes and 22 different flavonoids, which are believed to be responsible for its benefits.*1
Licorice has been used as a highly effective alternative to antacids and acid-blocking drugs. By comparison, licorice works not by inhibiting acid production, but rather through supporting and stimulating the stomach’s natural protective mechanisms.*2 Stomach discomfort is usually attributed to an imbalance between acid secretion and the stomach’s ability to protect itself against the irritation caused by acid. The presence of harmful bacteria can also be a factor. The stomach’s primary defense against corrosive gastric acid is a fine layer of mucin, secreted by millions of mucosal cells that line the stomach wall. Licorice has been shown to stimulate both the secretion of mucin and the formation of new mucosal cells, probably through its ability to increase blood flow to mucosal tissue.*2 In addition to supporting a normal chemical balance, licorice has also been shown to help inhibit the growth of potentially harmful intestinal bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori.*3