Heartburn & Reflux: Foods Should Go Down and Not Up When You Eat

Did you know that acid blocking medicines are the 3rd leading drug sold in the US?  Did you also know that Nexium and Prevasid are in the top 10 bestselling drugs with $4 billion annual sales?  It is given out like candy, and it is only a band aid to the problem.  Manufacturers give out the illusion that you can eat whatever you want with no consequences, just by popping one of these pills.

There is no need to suffer from heartburn or reflux,  or take expensive acid blocking drugs.  What is important is to deal with the cause. It is time to magically erase the illusion.

How? First, here is some information about acid & acid blockers:

Our body needs acid to digest protein and food, to activate digestive enzymes in the small intestine, keep unwanted bacteria from growing in small Intestine, and help absorb important nutrients like Calcium, Magnesium, and B12.

Acid blockers prevent: Proper digestion of food, cause vitamin and mineral deficiency, leads to IBS, depression, overgrowth of the bacteria where you don’t want it growing in small intestine – which can lead to bloating, diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, which can lead to IBS. They can also lead to the overgrowth of the bacteria Clostridia (which can lead to life threatening infections).  Acid blockers also block the absorption of Calcium and other minerals, which can lead to Osteoporosis and hip fractures, and even an increase of certain cancers.

When you are suffering from heartburn and reflux you need help.  But it is important to get to the real cause of heartburn and reflux and use real food, nutrients and the dreaded lifestyle changes to help solve the problem.

So what causes heartburn/reflux?  Fried food, alcohol, caffeine, soda (I know.  All the fun stuff-but keep reading).  For some people it is spicy foods, tomato based foods, or citrus. Also contributing are: smoking, being overweight and having belly fat, hiatal hernia, eating large meals before bed, stress, Magnesium deficiency, H. Pylori, Food sensitivities, and yeast and bacteria overgrowth.

That is great to know, but now what.  Have your doctor run a couple of tests: 1.  H. Pylori blood antibody test   2) IgG food sensitivity test and/or Celiac test  3) Breath/urine test for small bowel bacteria and yeast overgrowth.

Once you have this information what do you do next?

  1.  Treat the bugs: the H. Pylori, yeast overgrowth, and small bowel overgrowth.
  2. Change the diet: eliminate gluten and dairy for 2 weeks and see if it makes a difference; then try eliminating alcohol, citrus, tomato based foods, spicy foods, and caffeine.  Don’t eat 3 hours before bed, and stay away from junk food, processed food.  Eat cooked foods like veggies,  fish, grass-fed meats and chicken.  For two weeks avoid raw foods- just to see if it makes a difference.  Eat smaller, more frequent meals 4-5 times per day.
  3. Use Natural Remedies: Use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to check for low Hydrochloric acid; digestive enzymes, probiotics, Glutamine, DGL, Magnesium, and Aloe based products. Start moving–start exercising, and reducing stress.

You don’t need to suffer from heartburn and reflux.  To deal with it effectively – deal with cause and not the symptom.




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