When your entire digestive tract rebels, here's one way you can calm the storm.
Perhaps you remember fondly the days when you could eat anything—but now even the simplest fare produces pain and discomfort that lasts for hours. You used to enjoy eating at restaurants, trying new recipes, and sharing your latest culinary creations with friends on Instagram, but lately even a healthy meal can leave you belching and bloated, cringing with heartburn, or doubling over with cramps. You may find yourself rushing to the restroom at the least convenient times.
Whether you’ve developed these symptoms recently or had them for a while now—or whether they come and go—there’s hope for a real solution.
For starters, a healthcare provider who understands how to work with your digestive tract using natural therapies could be your greatest ally. At GWL we also offer an intensive coaching program for gut health restoration.
In the meantime, you can often get immediate relief and a head start on healing by using Inflam-Eze, a dietary supplement designed to reduce inflammation and calm your digestive tract. We at GWL swear by this supplement for our own chronic gut symptom flare-ups and for those times when we can’t control the stressors on our digestive tract.
your gut’s new best friend
For people who find almost any food bothers them, consuming Inflam-Eze can bring welcome relief.
If you’re having any of the following symptoms, using Inflam-Eze for a week or two may calm your digestive tract.
- Cramps/pain in your abdomen
- Food cravings
- Loss of appetite
Inflam-Eze is a balanced meal-replacement powder that you can just mix with water. Since it contains proteins, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber, you can use it as a meal or snack. That gives your digestive tract a rest from processing the foods that may be irritating it. Along with those macronutrients, Inflam-Eze contains a rich stock of micronutrients that can help improve your gut’s function as it reduces symptoms.
Turmeric root has been shown to protect the gastrointestinal tract in several ways in both human and animal studies. For example, in one study, 87% of patients with ulcers who took turmeric supplements for eight weeks had full healing of their ulcers. (1) It not only helps eradicate the foreign bacteria, but it also has inflammatory properties that help protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. (2) Another study found that those with ulcerative colitis that was in remission were less likely to relapse when they took curcumin (turmeric). (3)
Anti-oxidants like quercetin, resveratrol, and green tea leaf extract can help heal the gut and keep it healthy. Scientists are discovering how important anti-oxidants are to just about every aspect of healthy body functions, and that includes digestion. For example, part of what leads to ulcerative colitis, a chronic and serious disease of the intestinal tract, is the damage free radicals cause to the GI lining. Oxidation produces inflammation, which produces more oxidation, creating a negative feedback loop. Natural anti-oxidants can interrupt this process and help restore proper function to the small and large intestines. (4)
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a vine used in traditional Peruvian medicine to treat digestive complaints and arthritis. Laboratory studies have shown that it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. (5)
Upper or Lower GI—or Allergies?
If you’re not tuned in to your body’s enteroception—sensing feedback from your internal organs—you might have a hard time knowing where your various symptoms are coming from.
You can get better at understanding your body and the clues it’s sending you by keeping a symptom log. While you’re waiting for you Inflam-Eze to arrive, jot down your symptoms and when you get them. Then once you begin taking Inflam-Eze, keep recording how you feel—and especially note which symptoms lessen or disappear. Listen to your body communicate with you and you will learn to recognize feedback from different systems.
Then you’ll get to know your body better and what works or doesn’t work. Plus, this will be helpful information to share with your healthcare provider.
But what kinds of feedback should you be looking for?
Stomach feedback: Nausea, burning or pain in the upper left quadrant of your abdomen, belching, heartburn, and stomach growls when you shouldn’t be hungry are signs that your stomach isn’t happy. Inflam-Eze helps with turmeric and l-glutamine to protect the stomach lining and frankincense to help calm your nerves6 so your stomach can release its proper juices. However, it is not necessarily the best choice for stomach repair. See our “Build a stomach inflammation strategy” article for a targeted strategy to support the upper digestive tract.
Pancreas feedback: Although acute and chronic pancreatitis are serious conditions, it’s possible to have a very mild, subclinical, inflammation of the pancreas. This may make you lose your appetite, feel pain under your left ribcage, and have fatigue after eating. Inflam-Eze supports pancreas health with its anti-inflammatory properties. As an easily-digested medical food, it also can give the pancreas a needed rest from excreting enzymes to digest high-calorie, high-fat, meals.
Large Intestine feedback: Gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation suggest that your large intestine needs help. The natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories in Inflam-Eze help break the oxidation-inflammation cycle. The mucosal lining of the small and large intestines have “tight junction complexes” that preserve their integrity, keeping the contents of the digestive tract separated from the rest of the body. When this barrier function is compromised, conditions like leaky gut, irritable bowel disease, colitis, and Celiac disease can develop. Inflam-Eze contains l-glutamine, and amino acid that is critical for maintaining the GI tract’s tight junctions.7
A modified fast could bring quick relief.
Sometimes, just giving your body a rest from its regular duties can allow natural healing to begin. Many people don’t do well with fasting or don’t have the willpower to avoid food when hunger pangs ramp up. An “Inflam-Eze fast” where you consume mostly or only Inflam-Eze for one to four days could ease your symptoms dramatically.
Not only that, but if you’re sensitive or allergic to any foods you commonly eat, this “fast” can help you identify what’s bothering you. Food allergies and sensitivities can cause a variety of symptoms in your digestive tract as well as broader symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and pain. There’s an old saying about food reactions that says, “Anything can cause anything.”
One way to get an idea of whether specific foods may be to blame for your storm of symptoms is the “modified elimination diet,” which you can perform in conjunction with an Inflam-Eze fast. After eliminating your normal foods for the duration of the “fast,” add any suspected allergens back in one at a time. Be sure to wait 24 hours before adding any new food. Log your symptoms each day. You may be able to identify that dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, sugar or some other common food is creating unpleasant symptoms—digestive or otherwise—for you.
Digestive problems can interfere with every part of your life. But natural strategies like Inflam-Eze can restore calm to your insides.
We swear by this supplement, and hope it works just as well for you!
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- Rao R, Samak G. Role of Glutamine in Protection of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions. J Epithel Biol Pharmacol. 2012;5(Suppl 1-M7):47-54. doi:10.2174/1875044301205010047