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Natural Treatments for Digestive Problems

By: Dr. Ojen Masrour on December 27, 2015

Too many people in Southern California live with digestive issues every day and think there’s nothing that they can do about it without medicine. Fortunately, there are many natural treatments that can offer relief for even long-term sufferers of common digestive problems. It’s crucial to identify the problem first.  From there, Dr. Masrour, founder of Healthy Transformation Lifestyle Medical Group can help you to create a treatment plan that works for YOU.
Here are some things you may try on your own to help alleviate the discomfort of common digestive problems.
Eating Habits & Diet Modification
Healthy eating habits can help improve the symptoms of a digestive problem; adversely, an unhealthy habit can cause a multitude of problems and exacerbate current symptoms.
Eating HabitsA few ways to change the way you eat would be to:
  • Completely chew your food
  • Focus on eating the food in front of you and eliminating distractions like TV
  • Eat your meal in a comfortable, stress-free environment where you can take your time
  • Avoid eating right before you go to bed
It’s also wise to avoid artificial sweeteners, overeating, too many sugars and simple carbohydrates, caffeine, and alcohol as a first course of prevention. 
Take Note of Food Sensitivity
Food sensitivity or food allergy can be the cause of many digestive issues. Determining if you have any specific food allergies, and then eliminating the cause of the allergy can often prevent most or all of the symptoms from returning. In the meantime, take note of when your digestive issues tend to flare up.  Write down what you’ve eaten in a journal anytime your GI tract becomes irritated.
Some of the most common food allergies include:
  • Caffeine
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Dairy
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
Incorporate Probiotics
Bacteria is not all bad.  As a matter of fact, bacteria is necessary to keep our bodies healthy.  Probiotic bacteria found in yogurts and supplements for example, helps mitigate the damage caused by pollutants in your intestine, ultimately strengthening the intestine, which can reduce digestive discomfort and disease.
Lifestyle Changes/Stress Reduction
Stress can be a major contributor of many digestive problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), up to 1 out of every 5 Americans has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Stress can be relieved through natural therapies such as:
  • Calming herbs and teas
  • Essential oils like lavender
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Regular exercise
At Healthy Transformation, a Lifestyle Medical Group in West Hills, California Dr. Ojen Masrour provides offers First Line Therapy which encompasses healthy nutrition, exercise, and stress management. First Line Therapy is custom-made to each individual; whether you're looking to lose weight and keep it off, reduce painful symptoms of obesity, or disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or you're looking to achieve optimal health to prevent illness.
If you'd like to talk with Dr. Masrour about beginning First Line Therapy to help you to lose weight, and bolster your overall health and wellbeing,  contact us today at 818-702-9962.


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