So yesterday we spoke about how Antacids and inhibitors "alkalize" the stomach acid to make us feel better . . . which they do . . . but in doing so . . . these buffer are actually fueling the bacterial infection that's really causing our discomfort to continue growing. These buffer are not "curing" anything . . . they're just putting a band-aid on a very volatile situation.
Today we're going to talk about what part food plays in this scenario and some natural remedies for relief.
So why do some foods trigger an acid reflux reaction and some not?
Well . . . some foods are slower to digest than others and spend a longer time in the stomach such as "fatty" foods. The stomach has to work harder to digest these foods. Plus . . . "fatty" foods have a "relaxing" effect on the LES, making it more likely that some of the acid from the stomach will leak up into the esophagus and give you heartburn or acid reflux.
The other issue with food is . . . many foods aggravate the "bad" bacterial infection itself. Meaning the bacteria is a microorganism that also has to eat and it's primary food source is "sugar". So when you eat food such as bananas, dates, raisins, grapes and mango's, or refined sugars you are feeding it very high-sugar foods that rile it up and aggravate it. Other foods that do this are grains that contain gluten like wheat, rye barley and spelt. Also Deli meats, farm-raised fish and refined oils and fats such as canola oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil or margarine. These are all triggers to acid escaping into the esophagus.
So first and foremost . . . we need to stop riling up and "eating" the bacteria and stop eating foods that "relax" the LES.
Next up . . . we need to add probiotics into our diet. "Probiotics" containing "Lactobacillus acidophilus" are commonly used for heartburn and reflux symptoms. Probiotics help to maintain a balance in the digestive system between "good" and "bad" bacteria.
Okay . . . so next, what herbs fight the "bad" bacteria and heal the esophagus?
Inflammation modulators such as licorice, calendula, turmeric, rosemary and confrey help with tissue repair and symptom control. And then there's my favorite little spice "Ginger". Consume some fresh "ginger" or organic ground "ginger" after each meal. (sorry but taking ginger supplement will not work). It's "phenolic" compounds relieve gastrointestinal irritation and lessen gastric contractions. This means "ginger" can reduce the likelihood of acid flowing from your stomach back into your esophagus.
So to finish today's topic . . .
There's a natural alternative medicine that has been used for indigestion, acid reflux , peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, respiratory problems, gum disease, various bacterial or fungal infections and H, pylori.
And most importantly, its strong anti-inflammatory properties helps soothe the irritated tissue of the stomach and esophagus allowing for healing and recovery.
This protocol also lowers cholesterol, promotes liver health, prevents cavities, and prevents prostate and colon cancer. And the best part . . . it lowers the stomach acid to its normal range of 1.5 to 3.5.
If you'd like to set up a consultation and find out more about this alternative medicine, feel free to contact me here.
Several of my follower have gotten in tough with me about different proton pump inhibitors . . . so tomorrow I'll post some of my research to help you out with your questions.