The Herbs of Achilles and Hercules
Stomach problems and natural health solutions for MMA fighters, boxers and wrestlers.
A high stress lifestyle can go straight to your stomach. Let's face it, it wasn't designed to regularly have adrenalin and other stress chemicals pumped into it.
A research report published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine (16 Feb 2012), followed 1,600 war veterans who had been diagnosed with chronic heartburn. (AKA: GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease.) They had all been prescribed drugs called PPIs, from a drug class called "proton pump inhibitors." This includes drugs like Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole). These drugs are only designed for short-term use and after 2 or 3 months other solutions need to be found. However, in this report it was found that most veterans are still taking these drugs two years on.
Because these weren't designed for long-term use, they can cause problems long-term. For example, some prevent calcium absorption which can lead to osteopenia or your bones breaking, some have side effects like headaches, diarrhoea, trouble sleeping, high blood pressure and low libido - as if you needed more things to be stressed about! And when you come off them you will often experience 'rebound'. This is a short period when the original symptoms feel worse than ever as your body struggles to readjust again.
Instead of popping antacid chews or staying too long on PPIs you need to look at your diet - get off junk food, caffeine drinks and eat properly - reduce your stress levels and learn to love chamomile! Try Organic Chamomile Tea or Slippery Elm which comes in capsules or as a powder. Prootics and probiotics can also be helpful for some people.
Napiers also have a wide range of high quality vitamins and supplements as well as some great Belif skincare for men and women. Napiers only stock high quality products as cheap ones that the body can’t absorb, or that are not the right strength, are a waste of money.