Heartburn. Millions of Americans suffer from this chest discomfort associated with eating, however, it is NOT normal. Common, but not normal- no matter what the commercials say. Read on for solutions.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are signs of dysfunction in your digestive tract. It usually occurs when you cannot produce enough stomach acid to allow food to pass into the small intestine. Pressure builds inside the stomach and pushes acid back up into the esophagus. This delicate tube is very sensitive to stomach acid, which translates into burning, pain or tightening in the chest. It may even feel like a heart attack.
A Prescription is not the CURE
Many conventional medical doctors are quick to write a prescription for the latest and greatest popular drug from a pharmaceutical rep that has just bought them lunch or dinner. Don’t believe money can influence your doctor? Market research shows that Proton Pump Inhibitors’ anticipated growth from 2019 to 2023 will be 3.24 BILLION DOLLARS.
The truly scary news coming out about these drugs is that long-term use may double your risk of dying from a heart attack.
How do PPIs affect our health?
These drugs are very effective in reducing stomach acid. The problem is, if we don’t have sufficient stomach acid, then we can’t protect our system from bacteria and parasites and we can’t break down our food into nutrients our body can absorb. The consequences/” side effects” for low stomach acid then equate to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. How are these deficiencies exhibited? Bone fractures, low magnesium levels (important for heartbeat), severe intestinal bacterial infections and even cancer.
By adjusting your nutrition, you can reverse/prevent this condition. Here’s how:
- Eat Paleo
- Take apple cider vinegar prior to meals and anytime heartburn occurs.
- Do not drink fluids around mealtime. It dilutes stomach acid and digestive enzymes.
- Take digestive enzymes at the beginning of meals.
- Take betaine HCL at the beginning of meals.