A Little Wine for the Stomach Sake

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Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.  1 Timothy 5:23

In early 2001, I had major surgery from which I developed high blood pressure. Doctors could not find any medication that could keep my blood pressure down. 

My blood pressure caused other health issues one was acid reflux which I hated.  It didn’t matter what I ate dry toast to hot steaming white rice without gravy acid reflux was the order of the day.

With this unbearable condition I was given several appointments with specialists who tried various medications but still nothing worked. One of the specialists who was retiring said “Paulette you have exhausted all the medications for both blood pressure and heart burn, I want you to try something unconventional.  It is something I tried with my family, are you willing to try”.  Why not I thought, nothing else worked, but nothing prepared me for the next sentence.

He said “buy yourself a bottle of full-bodied red wine, (make sure it is full bodied any other type will not work). Get yourself a red wine glass half fill it with the wine take a gulp before eating your evening meal, then eat something. You can sip the wine throughout your dinner but leave a gulp for the end, come back to me in two weeks and let me know how you got on”.

Surprised at the idea not knowing what full bodied or light bodied wine was, but I was willing to learn and adopt this theory.  Could this be the thing to stop my acid reflux?

It tasted awful and dry on the tongue, but subsequently as it travelled down to my stomach, I felt something moved.  The acid seemed to move when I drank the wine, but without the wine-intake it remained the same.

According to Wine Spectators, 14 October 2009 – there is an article called ‘Red Wine kicks starts good digestion’ here is an excerpt.

” Red wine not only goes well with a nice meal; it helps the stomach convert potentially harmful chemicals into less dangerous molecules before they're circulated in the body…. A team of Portuguese researchers found that specific polyphenols in red wine trigger the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes the stomach wall, helping to optimize digestion”.

If you are having acid reflux and you have exhausted all the antacids that you can, try God’s way, a little wine is good for the stomach’s sake.  Let us know your views….

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