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This blog post is near and dear to my ‘heart’ pun intended! Without a doubt, dealing with heartburn has been a lifelong challenge for me.  I recall the first time I had that shooting pain in my chest, I was only about 10 years old!  I was lying down on my couch and suddenly had severe pain in my chest.  I jumped up in pain, and my mom began to rub my chest and sure enough -BUUUUUUURP!  A let out the gas and I lived – but it was the start of my miserable digestive woes.

Now at age 50, I’ve more or less been able to cure this disease and rid it from my life.  I only occasionally get a flare-up, but I know exactly why and I am much better able to manage it when I do.

What I learned is something that completely blew my mind the first time I heard it, and now that I know it very intimately, it even blows my mind more!  Not that this approach is that unbelievable, but that our medical professionals are not talking more about it, and prescribing this treatment to their patients.

So, what is this miracle cure – first a disclaimer – I’m not a doctor, I do not diagnose or treat illnesses.  Before making any changes to your medications or treatments, you must first seek the advice of your doctor (and if you don’t like his advice, get a second opinion).

My job as a health coach is to present new opportunities for your health and wellness.  My goal is to plant this seed, that triggers you to search out more of this information and have this conversation with your doctor.

OK, so I explained earlier that the antacid industry is a 13-20 billion dollar per year industry, only behind Lipitor and cholesterol-reducing drugs.  So there’s that.  I also show you the side effects of these drugs, which have been so severe there are major lawsuits against these pharmaceutical companies.

But what I really want you to understand is that acid reflux is typically not caused by having too much acid in your stomach but rather by having too little acid in your stomach!  You see, when your stomach acid is low, bacteria growth is prominent and also maldigestions of carbohydrates.  This combination produces IAB known as intra-abdominal pressure.  This pressure or gas is what expands and pushes the acid and undigested food back up the LES -lower esophageal sphincter which results in acid reflux.

WOW!

You mean to tell me that all these years of taking antacids was exactly the opposite of what I should’ve’ been doing.  Well, I can’t tell you that as a health coach, but you can continue to seek out the truth for yourself.

Here is what can really be causing your reflux:  Low Stomach Acid Causes Bacterial Growth  & Maldigestion of Carbohydrates.

When stomach acid is insufficient and the pH of the stomach rises above 5, bacteria begin to thrive. The gastrin knockout mouse, which is incapable of producing stomach acid, suffers from bacterial overgrowth—as well as inflammation.

Stomach acid (HCL) supports the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates by stimulating the release of pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine. If the pH of the stomach is too high (due to insufficient stomach acid), the pancreatic enzymes will not be secreted and the carbohydrates will not be broken down properly.

Numerous studies have shown that stomach acid secretion declines with age. In one study researchers found that over 30 percent of men and women past the age of 60 suffer from atrophic gastritis, a condition marked by little to no acid secretion. Another study found that 40% of women over the age of 80 produce no stomach acid at all.

Why then do doctors prescribe medicine that further reduces acid?

“When we carefully test people over age forty who’re having heartburn, indigestion, and gas, over 90 percent of the time we find inadequate acid production by the stomach.

In 24 years of nutritionally oriented practice, I’ve worked with thousands of individuals who’ve found the cause of their heartburn and indigestion to be low stomach acidity. In nearly all these folks, symptoms have been relieved and digestion improved when they’ve taken supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules.”

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac.,

“To summarize, low stomach acid contributes to bacterial overgrowth in the bowel which in turn can lead to carbohydrate malabsorption (due to decreased pancreatic enzyme secretion). Malabsorption of carbohydrates, as Dr. Robillard has pointed out, increases intra-abdominal pressure and causes GERD. Reducing bacteria loads and limiting carbohydrate intake have both been shown to greatly improve, and in some cases completely cure, acid reflux and GERD.” C. Kresser

So, my treatment which changed my life includes taking HCL tablets, as well as Beet flow and digestive enzymes.  For the exact treatment please visit www.KickItNaturally.com and health coach T.C. Hale will guide you every step of the way.

Other natural treatments include:

  1. Chewing your food, properly.  Digestions starts in the mouth – try and chew 12-15 times before swallowing.
  2. Limit processed foods
  3. Eat fermented vegetables-such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles
  4. Drink apple cider vinegar
  5. Eat ginger

Its time to be an active participant in your health.  Bring this approach up with your doctor and see if there is an opportunity for you to use this method to help cure your heartburn and G.E.R.D. once and for all!

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