Oregon's Wild Harvest - Ask Dr. Meletis

A Lil' Too Much BBQ

July 2018

Q.  Our family loves to BBQ, yet sometimes we indulge a little too much and feel the grumbling tummy phenomena. Do you have any herbal tricks you like to use to help with an upset stomach?

A.  I can relate! This is something we experience in our family, as well. BBQs are not just yummy, they are also great family and friends bonding times. In our family, this is what we have done to minimize tummy woes.

First, we choose free range and/or organic foods to grill, and we actively avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs), especially with our corn. This has helped with 50 percent of the symptoms. Yet, even then indigestion and unhappy stomachs may occur. This is where I recommended one or two natural products. One, is aptly named Stomach Soother. I use it for my family and patients during times of occasional indigestion, or heartburn, which can arise from the foods that challenge our digestive tract. Stomach Soother combines potassium bicarbonate and five organic herbs to help to provide fast relief from stomach irritation. The blend of Marshmallow and potassium bicarbonate help calm the sensitive tissues of the stomach and esophagus by neutralizing the stomach acid. Chamomile, a well-known antispasmodic, Rhubarb and Peppermint also help to calm the storm within the GI tract after too much fun at a BBQ.

If you want to indulge but know you’re going to feel it later, another favorite pre-meal strategy is use a product like HappyBitters. Taken BEFORE a meal, this classic bitter formula helps to prepare the stomach by providing a flavorful and calming digestive aid, just in time to dish up those yummy treats. 

Personally, I feel Stomach Soother and HappyBitters are two must haves for the serious BBQ’er. Bon Appétit!

“Hachu.”  Is it possible to enjoy breathing outdoors in the summer?

July 2018

Q.  I enjoy spending time outdoors and going camping with friends on the weekends, but the allergy season is really bad this year. Any advice?

A.  My patients have been complaining this year, more than ever, about allergies. Here in Oregon, because of the mild winter, the Cottonwood and Juniper trees are particularly bad. The best defense is a good offense, so I like to use Aller-Aid with Quercetin throughout the spring and summer. For more tips on relief during allergen season, be sure to read my allergy article from earlier this spring here.

In short, Aller-Aid has been a mainstay for my family and patients for nearly a decade. Its unique formulation uses Freeze-dried Nettle and Quercetin. Taking Nettles that are freeze-dried is important, as freeze-drying preserves their naturally occurring compounds, known as flavonoids, present in the stinging hairs of the fresh plant. These flavonoids are responsible for helping to support and reduce the histamine-response of the body during exposure to outdoor challenges, making camping fun again.  And, the addition of Quercetin, a bioflavonoid found in many fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers, provides powerful antioxidant activities to help stabilize the body’s natural histamine-reaction.

It’s a one-two punch for allergen exposure.


Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D.Dr. Chris Meletis, N.D., has 24-years of experience practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, Oregon.  He is dedicated to using his vast knowledge about alternative medicine to help his patients and generously give to those in need. He has written over a dozen books and 100's of national articles, and was named Naturopathic Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Read more about Dr. Meletis here.  Or, visit our "Ask Dr. Meletis, N.D." page for additional articles. 

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