One alternative treatment is probiotics. Scientists are studying the effects of probiotic supplements on various digestive complaints. Probiotics are microorganisms that occur naturally in the digestive tract, may keep harmful bacteria in check, and may help with digestion. A probiotic called Lactobacillus acidophilus is found in some kinds of yogurt. Other alternative treatments include peppermint or other aromatic oils for cramps, and charcoal or chlorophyll supplements for the odor from flatulence, though they don't relieve the gas itself. Some alternative practitioners give colonic enemas for digestive problems, but these treatments can be dangerous and have no proven benefits.
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Does chewing gum help indigestion?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredChewing gum can help indigestion in several ways, such as stimulating production of saliva, which can help to wash down and dilute acid causing heartburn symptoms. Watch Dr. Oz talk more about simple solutions for heartburn.
What are the functions of a healthy gastrointestinal system?
A healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system breaks down food into useable parts and absorbs nutrients and water from the food. A healthy GI system also eliminates the waste left over from the food we've digested. Other functions of the GI system include producing hormones unrelated to digestion, removing toxins from the blood, and metabolizing drugs.
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