If you’ve got it, you know it. If you don’t, you wonder what all the fuss is about.
Contrary to what many think, GERD is not a disease, and is not caused by a «bad» sphincter or «too much» stomach acid. It’s a sign that your digestive system is stressed out from a number of factors including: foods full of sugar and chemicals, foods you are sensitive or allergic to, and certain «trigger» foods that supposedly relax the sphincter muscle at inopportune times. It can be aggravated by hiatal hernia or anything that puts pressure on the belly.
The drug companies will be glad to sell you drugs for this for the…….rest of your life. What you should know is that these drugs neutralize stomach acid and/or block your stomach’s ability to make acid at all. This is not good for two reasons:
1) You NEED stomach acid to break down foods so you can digest your food!
2) In addition, stomach acid is an upper GI disinfectant – it kills off the invaders (pathogens) that come into your system that can do you a whole lot of harm. To get rid of stomach acid is not natural.
If you’re like most people, you can readily correct GERD with just a little effort to help yourself.
The short-term fix: Please note that anything that increases abdominal pressure can overpower your esophageal sphincter and cause a bout of reflux. That includes being overweight, wearing clothes with tight waistbands, slouching, coughing and being constipated. Please make an effort to be aware of these factors and resolve them.
Here, however, are some of the best natural remedies (short-term fixes) available today. You can find them at local health food stores or online.
Sweetish Bitters (Gaia) that you can use after the occasional rich or oversized meal to keep things from bubbling back up. They work fast ~ practically instantly.
Gamma Oryzano – it encourages the stomach to move food out (in the right direction) and is also a powerful protector of the stomach lining. There are two terrific natural products on the market today containing Gamma Oryzanol, and they are:
Heartburn Essentials – has 250 mg of gamma oryzanol, plus a lot of other great things that soothe and support normal GI function.
Acid-Ease – also contains natural digestive enzymes and soothing herbs. The suggested dosage is two capsules for heartburn, and repeat the dose in 15 minutes as needed.
This should work for nearly everyone. If you need more, however, in your arsenal, you can go on to try Enzymatic Therapy’s Heartburn Free, available at most health food stores. It has d-limonene in it, which normalizes neural control of the stomach and sphincter for quick GERD correction.
The long-term fix is straightforward: change your lifestyle and eating habits ~ period. Many people think that foods like chocolate, hot spices, peppermint and so on cause acid reflux. Not so. It means there is an underlying problem that made your gut overreactive.
This simple approach has worked for many years, but no one has told you this until now! That means cutting out the sugar, and eating healthy fats with good protein, and eating lots of fiber. You could be symptom free within one week!
Chew your food slowly, because the better it’s broken down, the quicker it will move through your stomach, and ultimately, the better your digestion.
Start today ~ you can be symptom free real soon!
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