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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is often used for gastrointestinal conditions such as GERD and ulcers. The finding that deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) stimulates and=or accelerates the differentiation of glandular cells in the stomach—as well as stimulating mucous secretion—is of particular interest. This increased mucous secretion in the stomach is believed to account for at least part of licorice's beneficial properties. DGL also contains flavonoids that produce antimicrobial activity, including working against the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. It is important to treat GERD in individuals with sleepapnea as GERD can cause increased pharyngitis and sinusitis, exacerbating the apnea. Avoidance of caffeine, mints, chocolate, fatty or spicy foods, tomatoes, and alcohol is another way to decrease acid reflux. In addition, studies have shown that raising the head at night by raising the top of the bed may decrease nocturnal reflux.60

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