Acid reflux also known as GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. It is the common name for sensation of pain, heat, and acidic burning in the esophagus after eating.
The pharmaceutical companies make millions of dollars in selling their acid reducing drugs.
What if I tell you these drugs are only a bandaid. They cause harm by reducing the much needed acid in the stomach. Acid is critical for the absorption of calcium and vitamin B12. Reducing of acid leads to a host of problems like osteoporosis, anemia, fatigue, memory loss and heart disease.
All these medicines act in a similar manner. They both reduce hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Proton Pump Inhibitors shut down the proton pump in the stomach which produce the acid.
Proton pump inhibitors include: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid.
H2 blockers block the histamine receptors in the acid producing cells in the stomach
H2 Blockers include: Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet
What if I tell you acid reflux is due to the stomach producing too little acid? I will explain to you the mechanics of this epidemic and how to get rid of it for good.
1. Combining proteins and starches.
For efficient digestion it is important that food passes through the stomach as quick as possible. Proteins, starches, fats, fruits, all have different digestion times in the stomach. Proteins take the longest time in the stomach. When you combine proteins and starches, the protein holds the starch hostage. The starch ferments and begins to putrefy, causing bacterial overgrowth. Bacterial overgrowth emit a gas that opens the esaphogeal sphincter and release stomach acids up your esophagus.
When you overeat, your stomach lacks in acid to break down all the food. This leads to undigested food particles and guess what? Bacterial overgrowth.
3. Combining fruits with protein or starch
Fruits take 30 minutes to an hour to go through the stomach. When you mix it with proteins or starches, it will ferment and putrefy, weakening the esaphogal sphincter.
4. Foods that trigger esophogal sphincter to open
These foods can include alcohol, fried foods, sugar, coffee, and cheese
As we age our body reduces its acid production by 30%. That's why after 50 years old, acid reflux is more common.
Acid Reflux Remedies
If you increase the acids in your stomach and the problem gets worst, then most probably you have a hiatal hernia. This is when parts of your stomach move up through an opening called the hiatus. This causes the stomach acids to escape.
In short, don't buy into big pharma and use acid reducing medications. These will harm you in the long run and keep you addicted to them. Find the root cause and fix the problem permanently.