Indigestion Remedies Virginia Beach VA

The next time your stomach aches, take a lesson from the samurai: Eat some umeboshi, a Japanese plum that has been sun dried and pickled in brine. From the 17th to the 19th century, Japanese warriors ate umeboshi to combat stomach complaints and fatigue—and for good reason. With its intensely tart and salty flavor, it helps alleviate indigestion by reducing acidity in the stomach and by restoring the acid-base balance of the body.

Lorenzo Childress Jr, MD
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1971

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Alan Philip Ganderson, MD
(757) 481-4817
1101 First Colonial Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Beach General Hosp, Virginia Bch, Va; Sentara Bayside Hospital, Virginia Bch, Va
Group Practice: Gastroenterology Limited

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James White Rawles Jr, MD
(757) 481-4817
1101 First Colonial Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1980

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Berton W Ashman
(757) 481-2127
1101 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Peter Bernard Blanchard, MD
(757) 481-6432
2501 Queens Elm Pl
Virginia Beach, VA
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Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1962

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Juan Roberto Gelpi, MD
(757) 481-4424
1120 First Colonial Rd Ste 203
Virginia Beach, VA
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Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1988

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Wayne Michael Mc Dermott, MD
(757) 471-7700
1543 Amberley Forest Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1978

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Berton William Ashman, MD
(757) 481-4817
1101 First Colonial Rd Ste 300
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Virginia Beach General Hosp, Virginia Bch, Va
Group Practice: Gastroenterology Limited

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Lorenzo Childress, MD
(757) 490-6900
4425 Corporation Ln
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1971

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Keith Edward Berger
(757) 412-4919
1301 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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By Emily Yin

The next time your stomach aches, take a lesson from the samurai: Eat some umeboshi, a Japanese plum that has been sun dried and pickled in brine. From the 17th to the 19th century, Japanese warriors ate umeboshi to combat stomach complaints and fatigue—and for good reason. With its intensely tart and salty flavor, it helps alleviate indigestion by reducing acidity in the stomach and by restoring the acid-base balance of the body.

“As the panacea of Japanese food cures, umeboshi is beneficial for imbalances in the body, because it’s a potent alkalizing food,” says Esther Cohen, director of the Seven Bowls School of Nutrition, Nourishment, and Healing in Boulder, Colorado. “It removes stagnation in the body and encourages digestion.”

Normally, when you eat a meal, the stomach releases hydrochloric acid to start digestion. A while later the pancreas secretes bicarbonate, a base, to neutralize the acid. Without that neutralization, pancreatic enzymes can’t function, and the body doesn’t digest food efficiently. The excess acid also irritates your stomach.

Eating too many acid-forming foods, like sugar, refined carbohydrates, and meat can throw the acid-bicarbonate balance out of whack, leading to indigestion. Called the king of alkaline foods, umeboshi offers a zesty way to restore balance. “By taking 10 grams of umeboshi plums, we can neutralize the acidity created by consuming 100 grams of sugar,” Cohen says.

Umeboshi contains high levels of alkaline-forming minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which help reduce acidity. The plums’ organic acids—primarily citric and phosphoric acid—also help alkalize the body by bonding to the minerals and increasing absorption of them in the gut.

Umeboshi remains a popular Japanese remedy for acidic stomachs and indigestion, especially after eating rich foods. Aficionados usually add umeboshi—found in health food stores and Asian groceries—to rice, tea, or onigiri (rice-balls wrapped in dried seaweed). It also adds zest to broccoli, cabbage, and, when pureed, to cucumber slices and ears of corn. When seasoning sauces or salad dressings, skip the salt in favor of sliced or pureed umeboshi.

Taste it, and if umeboshi’s vibrant pink color—which comes from the shiso herb it’s pickled with—doesn’t grab your attention, the pungent flavor will.

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