* ACID REFLUX * ~ Why Does It Occur? How Can We Prevent It?

Updated: Mar 31



(GERD) Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is when the contents of the stomach come-up the esophagus, past the cardiac sphincter.


SYMPTOMS:

  • Persistent heart burn

  • Chest/throat pain

  • Dry cough/raspy/hoarse voice

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Lock jaw, clenching, especially at night

  • Bad breath


AT-HOME SOLUTIONS:


The key here is to be consistent. If acid reflux is something that occurs daily then the body is out of balance.


Our body becomes imbalanced over time, and therefore takes some time to resolve.

What Causes Acid Reflux?


  • Low stomach acid / incomplete digestion leading to fermentation in the stomach = acid reflux.


5% of people with acid reflux have TOO HIGH stomach acid production.

95% of people with acid reflux have TOO LOW stomach acid production.

Why do we have INCOMPLETE DIGESTION?


  • Eating too large a meal, over-eating

  • Damaged fat (over cooked oils, mass-produced oils)

  • Eating foods that digest rapidly (like processed sugars / processed foods) after we already have food lingering in our stomach, or with foods that take a long time to digest like heavy protein and fat. The rapid digestion of the simple foods causes fermentation and gas energy that presses against our sphincter. Whole foods naturally contain more fibre, protein, quality fat, vitamins and minerals and these nutrients balance the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates / sugar.

  • Over consuming alcohol, caffeine, smoking or pop with meals, this disrupts the pH balance needed for smooth digestion

  • Common to ferment: pasteurized juices, pasteurized tomato products, simple sugars like white sugar, syrups and processed sugars, alcohol, commercial sauces (like ketchup, dressings and dips), over-cooked spicy foods. These foods disrupt our natural digestive pH and the microbiome in our gut.


Causes of Low Stomach Acid:

  • Zinc deficiency- the mineral involved with stomach acid production.

  • Lack of fresh/alive food (lack of enzymes)

  • Bacterial imbalance

  • Lack of bitter foods- dark greens are bitter

  • Lack of sour foods- try kombucha, fresh lemon and lime on meals

  • Over consumption of processed sweet foods

  • Lack of sodium or reduced sodium diet. Eliminate table salt and include quality rock salt or quality sea salt in daily routine. Bath in epsom salts and swim in oceans when possible.

  • Over-use of fluoride

  • Not waiting long enough in-between meals- eat enough at your meal to last until the next meal.

  • Over-eating- eat in a calm state of mind in a location you enjoy peace.

  • Alkalizing over-the-counter medications (like Tum's, Gaviscon) and PPI's (these prevent stomach acid production)


TRY THIS!


ADJUST STRESS LEVELS- eat at a time of pleasure and happiness versus stress.

REDEFINE MEAL TIMES- walk and work up an appetite.

STIMULATE DIGESTION

  • Eat bitter foods before meals. Purchase at a health food store "bitters" (a blend of herbs that stimulate digestive juices).

  • Drink bitter herbal teas, dandelion, chicory.

  • Eat fermented foods, "sour" foods with you meal, like lemon, lime, apple cider vinegar and pickled veggies.

  • Eat raw foods at mid-day or in-between big meals.

  • Incorporate an abdominal workout into routine.

  • Chew fennel seeds before and after meals

INTERMITTENT FASTING- increase time in-between meals, to allow hunger to grow.

RETIME CERTAIN ACTIVITIES Increase hydration IN-BETWEEN MEALS, avoid drinking with meal. Alcohol AWAY from meals. Used as a digestive stimulant versus accompanying a meal. Avoid eating close to bedtime, to avoid stressing/pressure on the sphincter.

SUPPLEMENT FOR SUPPORT - multi-spectrum enzyme+HCl supplement. Take a zinc supplement 15minutes a meal. Eat pineapple before meals, or a bromelain supplement. DGL "deglycerized licorice root" as well as pure licorice root, before and in-between meals.

EAT THESE FOODS- Fresh carrot & cabbage juices. Fresh sprouts. Fresh lemon, lime and apple cider vinegar. Grass-fed and/or organic butter. Ginger. Use herbs and spices in cooking.


Samantha


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