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Does DGL Work to Cure Acid Reflux?

Updated July 20, 2017

You might be one of the millions of Americans who suffer frequent heartburn and acid reflux due to eating greasy, fattening foods. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid moves upward into the oesophagus. The acid can do a lot of damage to the fragile tissue of the throat, lungs and mouth and, if left untreated, can lead to ulcers and other stomach conditions. DGL---liquorice---can offer some relief in your battle against acid reflux.

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Traditional Acid Reflux Treatments

Aside from a poor diet, eating meals late at night and then going right to sleep can aggravate a frequently occurring acid-reflux condition by giving your stomach acid an easier path to the oesophagus. Other contributing factors are drinking alcohol and smoking.

Many doctors and nutritionists recommend an immediate change in diet to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux. Staying away from fast food and foods with trans fats should give you some immediate relief from acid reflux, although you may still need to consider some form of pill or anti-acid medication.

Doctors treat acid reflux with prescribed medicines as well as over-the-counter remedies such as Pepto Bismol, Prilosec and other antacids. While effective, some of these types of medications can be bad for you with extended use, so many people seek a natural remedy such as DGL.

Fight Acid Reflux with DGL

DGL (de-glycyrrhizinated liquorice) is becoming more popular as an acid-reflux treatment because of its natural origins and effectiveness in reducing the risk of stomach ulcers. DGL is also more cost-effective than other over-the-counter remedies.

DGL works by invoking the natural defences of the digestive tract---building up the mucus lining the stomach and intestinal walls---countering the effects of excessive stomach acid. DGL increases the lifespan of cells in the digestive tract and improves blood flow to the digestive system.

Eating DGL is considered safe, but it can raise your blood pressure in its natural form, so consult your doctor before taking a regular dose of natural liquorice. Chew one stick of natural liquorice every day before meals or ingest one half gram (500 mg) to one full gram of a DGL liquorice supplement each day. There are even DGL chewables you may take just before meals. As long as your blood pressure does not climb dangerously, you may continue this dose until your acid-reflux symptoms have decreased.

If your blood pressure rises, consult with your doctor and consider taking only DGL supplements. DGL supplements do not include the ingredients of natural liquorice that can cause your blood pressure to rise.

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About the Author

Kenny Soward writes for various online publications, covering topics from physical fitness to religion. He has also published several short stories. Soward holds a B.A. in communications.

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