Heartburn and acid reflux
Conventional treatment is an ant-acid, which eliminates the surfacing symptoms but never treats the root cause.
So many causes are outlined, which contribute immensely to acid reflux – including the food choices people make, smoking, obesity, stress, or eating close to bedtime.
Chances are high; you could be acidic and not know that because of the lack of understanding of what acidity entails, what causes it, and its red flags. Below are a few of the symptoms of acidity that you should pay attention to :
- Heartburn: Cramping and GERD
- Belching/burping after eating
- Release of gas within an hour after eating
- Chronic intestine infections
- Hair loss especially in women
- Weak or cracked nails
- Weight loss for an unknown reason
- Dysphagia: the sensation that food could be stuck in your throat
However, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] perspective, acidity or having acid reflux symptoms is an indication that there is an imbalance in the body. Your spleen/stomach, gallbladder/liver, and kidney/bladder meridians need to have a harmonious relationship to have a healthy digestive system, thus reducing the chances of you experiencing acidic symptoms.
Interestingly, with so much acid in your gut being a cause for concern, on the flip side, once your acid levels are too low, that becomes a problem as well. You, therefore, need to strike a perfect balance not to have too much nor too little acid in your gut. Below are some of the symptoms that could suggest that your acid levels are too low :
- Undigested food in your stool
- Bad breath
One of the most effective ways to treat acid reflux is to avoid the foods that trigger any symptoms of acidity. There are quite a few other things you might need to consider to reduce your acidity levels, and these include the following :
- Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day and adjust the types of foods you are eating.
- Quit smoking
- Don’t wear tight clothes.
- If you are overweight or obese, take steps to lose weight with exercise and diet changes.
- Eat 2 to 3 hours before lying down (not right before bedtime)
- Avoid/reduce/manage stress.
- Sleeping posture. Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated. You can increase your pillows to sleep in a more upright position.
You won’t have to stress yourself about the quality or type of foods that you need to eat, which will reduce your acid symptoms because I will show exactly what foods are too acidic. The Acid / Alkaline Chart is an essential tool that I use as a guideline in terms of what foods to eat the most, the least, and those to avoid which harm your acid and alkaline balance. This is a life changing document, be sure to click below :
Another important cause of heartburn may be Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This is a bacteria that we all have in our stomachs. Still, when it goes out of balance, you might have symptoms that suggest ulcers – burning or pain in the upper abdomen, usually occurring about an hour or so after meals or even during the night.
The symptoms are often relieved temporarily by using antacids, milk, or OTC medications that reduce stomach acidity. Helico)X is a natural product that allows for bidirectional control of acid secretion in the stomach while protecting the gastric mucosa and successfully eradicating H.Pylori colonisation.
It further helps alleviate stomach discomfort due to non-specific gastritis, bloating, mild reflux and nausea, and may be combined with other products to treat specific gastrointestinal disorders.
A few tips on how you can support your gut in acid production and dodge that discomfort bullet after eating include the following :
- Have dinner 2 hours before going to bed. This will give the body some time to digest the food.
- Avoid acidic foods on an empty stomach
- Don’t skip meals
- Eat protein foods at the beginning of the meal
- Eat your largest meal when you are more relaxed
Stomach acid production is critical for disinfecting and killing bad microbes and for supporting digestion in the body. When the body cannot produce enough stomach acid, inadequate digestion and microbial overgrowth occur. At that stage, you are bound to be introduced to Digestive Enzymes which act as a catalyst in the breaking down of food and improving digestion.
Acid reflux is quite common and if it is ignored it can actually lead to damage in the lining of your esophagus and cause bleeding. Over time it can damage vital cells and potentially lead to cancer. It really doesn’t have to get that far. The goal is to treat the imbalance in the stomach so that you don’t need to be on conventional medication long term.
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