Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Book and a Banana

Recently, I had a dream in the morning, just prior to awakening for the day -- an old friend, who passed away a couple of decades ago, handed me a book and a banana and said, "Here, you'll need these."

It was a vivid dream, one that was easy to remember.

Later that morning, during a light meal, I had a regurgitation experience whereby food seemed to be backing up into my throat and mouth. I was forced to rush to the bathroom and throw-up whatever had backed-up. This condition is called acid reflux or heartburn.

Shortly thereafter, I sat down in my den and noticed a book that I had been reading recently, on the stand next to the chair, titled "HEALING FOODS" by James A. Duke, PhD. I went to the index and looked up acid reflux -- the very first food listed for combating acid reflux was banana -- so, I ate a banana and the condition seemed to soon disappear.

Yes, I had a dream about a book and a banana -- then amazingly it all unfolded a few hours later.

Once again, the Dream World became a mysterious guiding force in my life.

Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus (the gullet), the tube that connects the stomach and throat. Acid reflux is more specifically known as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). During an episode of acid reflux, there may be a burning sensation in the chest, which is called heartburn.

Some causes of acid reflux include eating too fast, large meals, not chewing food well, fried foods, high-fat foods, spicy foods, acidic foods, rich sauces, chocolate, alcohol and coffee.

Bananas contain an enzyme that stimulates mucus production in the lining of the stomach, helping to soothe inflammation and relieve acid reflux.

According to HEALING FOODS, some other foods that combat acid reflux include ginger, chamomile, cinnamon, licorice, papaya and pineapple.

Ginger contains chemical compounds that soothe the gastrointestinal tract and relaxes the walls of the esophagus thereby eliminating stomach acid and aiding digestion.

Chamomile treats digestive problems with a combination of anti-inflammatory and stomach soothing properties.

Cinnamon minimizes gas and soothes the digestive tract.

Licorice also helps protect the lining of the stomach. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) causes the release of certain compounds in saliva that may stimulate the healing of stomach and intestinal cells. The flavonoids in licorice are also helpful in preventing ulcers.

Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that soothes the stomach, relieving indigestion and acid reflux.

When I was released from the hospital in June of 2012, after about 10 days of hospital food and total physical inactivity (bedridden), I had digestive problems. I learned that pineapples were loaded with digestive enzymes such as glutamine, which helps protect the lining of the stomach. I had a half bowl of pineapple chunks almost daily for a couple of weeks and my digestion function seemed to return to normal.

There are many over-the-counter pills for acid reflux or heartburn -- some may work, some may not work, some may have adverse side effects.

However, when I have a minor health problem, I first seek a natural solution through diet and physical activity. I also practice meditation, thereby relaxing body, mind and soul -- directing healing energy toward ailments, potentially healing from within.

It's my life, my body, my soul -- it's my duty to keep it all on the correct path -- but if I need some medical advice or assistance, I will seek that path too.

A book, a banana and an old friend in a dream -- Life is grand and mysterious once you begin to notice synchronicities beyond logical explanation.

May the Force be with you.

Quote for the Day -- "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana." Groucho Marx

Bret Burquest is the author of 11 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a few dogs and where life is unexpected intrusions of mystery.

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