6. Cranberries: These potent, tart little berries have long been
used, since the 17th century, for stomach ailments. Cranberries are high in Vitamin C. The tannins in the
berry prevent bacteria such as E. coli from attaching itself to the walls of the bladder and urethra.
Cranberries contain more than a dozen compounds including flavanols, catechins, and anthocyanins. When buying
cranberry juice, look for the "real" cranberry juice, not the cranberry cocktails or drinks that are full of sugar,
with only 30% or less of actual cranberry juice.
You can also buy cranberry capsules of 500 to 800 milligrams of dried cranberry powder. 2 capfuls roughly equal
1 fluid ounce of cranberry juice, so you would need to take about 6 capsules daily.
7. Garlic - Parsley Tablets: Take an organic
garlic and parsley tablet religiously, 1/2 hour before every meal.
There are many people that are misinformed about the properties of garlic and the effect that they have on reflux
esophagitis. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent. Garlic contains a component called allicin
that does it's work in the body to prevent the attacks of heartburn, acid reflux and gerd.
When using fresh garlic, the garlic needs to be crushed prior to eating in order to release the allicin
components along with the other garlic properties that assist in healing the body.
Warning: If garlic has been irradiated, it will no longer have these
infection and disease fighting properties. Unfortunately, most garlic sold in American supermarkets is shipped
from either Chili or China. Most of the imported garlic gets irradiated before entering into the US, so it
will lose the majority of it's disease fighting properties.
Because of this, it is important to buy an organic herbal supplement as it will not have gone through the
irradiation process. This also goes for the buying of "fresh" garlic. Only buy garlic that is grown locally in your
area, and preferably organically grown so that all of the healing properties associated with garlic will have
remained in tact.
Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It also
contains a rich source of iron and folate. Parsley's volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene,
eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.
What this means is that it is an excellent aide to digestion because it promotes a faster elimination of waste
materials from the body. Not only that, it also boosts the immune system as a preventative against infections and
Instead of using fresh parsley as a garnish, mince it up and add it to tossed vegetable salad, egg salad, potato
salad, macaroni salad, tabuoli salad, tuna salad, any salad you can think of to make; add minced parsley. Add it to
glazed carrots, potatoes (cooked and prepared in any form), soups, stews, any and every chicken, fish, beef, egg,
bean dish that you make at home.
Love macaroni and cheese? Add minced parsley for the pretty color and the added health benefits. Throw a handful
into the juicer along with the cabbage or raw potato.
Note: Parsley tea is very calming to the digestive system. If you eat too heavy a meal, and feel
the on-coming reflux symptoms, brew some parsley tea to encourage the digestive process and soothe the stomach.