Q: Have you ever eaten so much spicy food and couldn't quench your thirst afterwards? I have and I'd be mighty kind if you offer me some solutions for the next time that happens (like after eating at a curry place or spicy Thai cuisine, etc.) Thanks much darling,
A: I have not just one, but 9 solutions for you (and anyone else!) that you can use to tamp down on the "heat" from spicy foods. Read on!
1. DGL = Deglycerrized Licorice is a supplement available in tablet form. Take 1, wait 30 minutes and take another if need be.
2. Aloe Vera Gel. 1-2 TBsp in a glass of water.
3. Bentonite Clay. 1-2 TBsp in a glass of water. Can add in 1-2 TBsp of Aloe Vera gel.
4. Ice---a temporary solution until you can find one of these other substances here!
5. Peppermint Oil. One to try: Heather's Tummy Tamers. Open capsule and add to mouth with water. Swish 30 seconds before swallowing. Can repeat again with another capsule after 30 minutes.
6. Bread. Gluten is seen in TCM as coating the stomach (kind of like using sand to put out a forest fire), but if you can't tolerate gluten, use untoasted gluten-free white rice bread.
7. Peanut Butter Oil. Scoop the top part/oil from a new jar of peanut butter. Peanut oil can also work (so long as it's not rancid). Take 1-2 TBsp as is or spread on untoasted bread (idea #6 above). Not for those with peanut allergies!
8. Kefir/Milk. Dairy in TCM has a slightly mucilaginous aspect that coats the stomach, again similar to "sand" to help tamp down on that fiery reaction. Try 1 glass of milk (sheep, goat or cow). Sugar-free (plain) yogurt may work too.
9. Slippery Elm is a tree that has a mucilaginous property useful for inflammatory conditions such as leaky gut and GERD. Use 1-2 tsp of the powdered herb in a cup of boiling water. Let cool before drinking. You can add milk and stevia to sweeten if you like.
To cooler days ahead,
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