Tackling & Understanding Heartburn, Indigestion & Acid Reflux - Naturally
Contrary to popular belief. Acid reflux is not a symptom of too MUCH stomach acid but actually a symptom of too LITTLE. So How Does Low Stomach Acid Cause Acid Reflux? The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) separates the esophagus and the stomach. Proper stomach acid levels signal the LES to close tightly, so that food digestion can take place and not harm the esophageal lining. However, low stomach acid levels don’t give off the closing signal, and cause the sphincter to loosen. Once loose, acidic stomach fluid comes back up into the lower part of the esophagus causing a burning sensation. This is why a large meal will give you heartburn. There’s not enough acid in your stomach to saturate the heavy meal, so the LES doesn’t close. Furthermore, there is also a pyloric sphincter that separates the stomach from the small intestine. The body will not open this second sphincter if the contents of the stomach are not properly acidified. Instead of moving through the pyloric sphincter, food sits in the stomach and ferments, producing gas and pressure (also making the LES leak open).
What You'll Need
- HCL and pepsin by biocare - 1 tablet 20 minutes before each meal ONLY if you don't struggle with a peptic/stomach ulcer
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar if you can't find HCL, is also helpful, again do not take if you suffer from a stomach ulcer or irritated/inflamed stomach lining (gastritis)
- If you suffer from stomach ulcer or gastritis take slippery Elm Intensive daily by Biocare with some water before starting any sort of HCL therapy. This helps to heal and soothe.
- Viridian Daily Extra Strength Probiotics - 1 capsule daily, first thing before breakfast - helps to build immune system and digestive enzymes.
What You'll Do
- For immediate relief without drugs, but not a permanent (lifestyle) solution: Supplement HCL. (as long as you have no stomach/peptic ulcer)
- REDUCE STRESS & Change Your Eating Environment! Eat in a calm place, take time to chew food and minimise stress!
- Increase digestive bitters with meals, also increase digestive enzymes.
- Supplement with a good probiotic
- Reduce processed foods, junk foods, refined sugars, pro inflammatory foods such as cakes, pastries, nightshade vegetables, corn oils, etc
Tips & Warnings
- Always consult with your physician or health care practitioner if on medication, to check for drug/nutrient interactions. For further reading on Acid Reflux, indigestion & heart burn, please visit: https://www.lifespacehealing.com/single-post/2016/06/17/Tackling-Understanding-Heartburn-Indigestion-Acid-Reflux---Naturally
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