If you have ever had heartburn, you know it is NOT fun! Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.
If you experience regular heartburn I would encourage you to look at what might be causing it.
Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium says “Acid reflux, while it is in fact related to acids, is not due to gastric acids or hydrochloric acid from the stomach. If you or someone you know is experiencing acid reflux regularly, the acid is either coming from a bacteria or toxins in the liver and even the small intestinal tract, though the most common cause is bacterial. Medical communities have no idea that this is what is really behind this unpleasant condition. There are cases of acid reflux where there is an actual kink in the intestines or a hernia. However, if the cause is not a visible one, it is directly related to a weakened liver and bacterial growth. This bacteria produces an acid that mimics gastric acid and fools the physician into thinking that is what it is, when in fact it is not a stomach gland-produced acid at all.
When you have bacteria and toxin-based acid coming up and causing acid reflux or heartburn, it means you actually have a lack of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is the good kind of acid that actually destroys bacteria, which in turn prevents acid reflux. In other words, if you have the bad acids, it means you do not have enough of the good acids.
Acid reflux is also connected to a weakened liver. Typically weak digestion is due to an overburdened liver that cannot produce strong enough bile, which then forces the stomach to overproduce hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is extremely taxing on both of the organs and can then result in acid reflux.”
Many people take antacids or proton pump inhibitors, but there are side effects to using them and they can also interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption in the body, so it is better to look for a natural product that supports the situation more holistically. When it comes to proton pump inhibitors, they not only block the release of stomach acid but also something else called “intrinsic factor,” making it impossible to absorb vitamin B12 as an example.1 When it comes to calcium uptake and absorption it’s important for calcium to be absorbed with the presence of acid. 2
What to use instead? Here is a suggestion for a product that may be beneficial. An added bonus is that this formula contains Turmeric which has anti-inflammatory and superb antioxidant capabilities, and other great ingredients like marshmallow root, artichoke and slippery elm. This link is specifically for Canadians but if you are in the USA and would like a suggestion, please let me know by shooting me a message in the contact form below.
Ito T, Jensen RT. Association of long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy with bone fractures and effects on absorption of calcium, vitamin B12, iron, and magnesium. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2010 Dec;12(6):448-57 1
Bronner F, Pansu D. Nutritional aspects of calcium absorption. J Nutr. 1999 Jan;129(1):9-12. 2
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