Do you suffer from GERD? Acid Reflux? Heartburn?
Then this video is for you… In this video I am going to dispel a several myths about GERD and reveal some simple and cheap remedies that not only work but are good for you, as if left unchecked, excessive acid in your esophagus not only hurts, but can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.
The first myth.
That antacids are a good solution. WRONG
Yes, antacids provide relief by reducing the acid in your esophagus, stopping the burn.
But it also lowers the acid in your stomach
Did you know your stomach needs acid to digest your foods?
Lowering the acid in your stomach slows digestion – it will take longer to digest your food. So, it takes longer for your stomach to empty. That means next time you eat, the more likely your stomach will over fill, causing some of that acid to creep up into your esophagus again, causing the burn you feel.
Your stomach has a coating so it can handle the acid (remember it needs acid).
The esophagus does not have this lining, so it burns if any acid touches it.
This is why I do not like to use antacids to treat GERD. Again, yes it helps the symptom, but it makes the condition worse. Remember your stomach needs acid! Don’t lower it, it makes its job to digest even harder.
Another interesting fact: Did you know most antacids have calcium carbonate? Did you know calcium carbonite is not good for you. Calcium citrate is, we need calcium for our bones, but the calcium carbonite form is the bad kind of calcium. It is NOT good for you. It is the calcium that can lead to gall stones, kidney stones, harden arteries, and is not the calcium that is good for bones (in fact it may be bad for bones). Again, it is Calcium citrate and MCHC that is better for bone health.
So, what to do instead?
This may seem crazy, but often people who suffer from GERD need to increase the acid in the stomach, so they can better digest the food quickly allowing the stomach to empty, so it is less likely to leak acid up into the esophagus. Remember, the esophagus cannot tolerate any acid.
This is why some people use apple cider vinegar to help with their heart burn.
I advised digestive enzymes as it helps speed digestion without increasing the acid as much.
You simply take an enzyme pill with your heaviest meal of the day and take one with food you know can irritate your symptoms. Not to give you license to eat such foods regularly, but if you happen to, then an enzyme may help move it along.
Bonus, taking an enzyme, often helps with other bowel issues, like IBS or constipation.
As we age, we do not produce hormones and enzymes as well. Why some people develop diabetes as their pancreas stops working optimally. Well, the pancreas also makes the digestive enzymes, so can you see how as we age, we may become more likely to develop GERD.
Worse, the lining of our gut does not repair as fast, making it easier to damage, and more painful for longer.
Therefore, taking an enzyme usually helps. I believe taking an enzyme pill is better than apple cider vinegar because it is in pill format, so you are not swallowing an acid fluid which can irritate the lining of the esophagus. If you are using apple cider vinegar and it is helping you, just be careful to avoid getting it on your teeth and brush your teeth shortly afterwards as the acid is not good on your teeth (hard on the enamel).
If you get heartburn anyways, like at night when you lay down, and need relief, you can take a licorice root chewable to help soothe the lining of the esophagus. Our chewable that we carry here at the office admittedly cheats a little because it also has a little bit of calcium carbonite, but that is also why it works so well. I do not advise using this regularly, better to prevent heart burn than to treat it. If you feel the burn, you have already hurt the lining of your esophagus, so need to repair it.
If you have been feeling the burn, a good treatment to help heal the esophagus as well as the lining of the stomach as in ulcers, or even ulcers in the intestines is aloe vera. I prefer George’s aloe vera because it does not have citrus (which is acidic and if you are drinking aloe vera it is to help the burn, adding acid at this time is not helpful, you want the increase in acid before the burn to prevent it, not during it).
I hope this has been helpful.
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By Dr. Karin Drummond, owner of Drummond Chiropractic, Voted Bloomington Indiana’s #1 Best Chiropractic Clinic.
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