What is the treatment for acid reflux? I will explain what acid reflux is, what other terms you may know acid reflux as, what causes acid reflux, what the typical treatments for acid reflux are, and I will explain what the best treatments for acid reflux are, and where to get your hands on them.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux, or acid reflux disease, gastroesophogeal reflux disease, GERD, heartburn, acid indigestion or acid stomach is a very common ailment that normally accompanies the end of a meal.
When we eat, the food that we swallow travels down a tube called the esophagus or the food pipe. It then enters through a hole in a muscular sheet called the diaphragm.
From here the round muscle at the bottom of the esophagus called the esophageal sphincter or hiatus relaxes and opens allowing for food to be passed through to the stomach.
Proton pumps in the stomach release hydrochloric acid into the stomach to digest the food, and kill any pathogens in the food.
It is not unusual for a small amount of acid to splash up and into the esophagus through the esophageal hiatus after a meal, despite the fact that both the diaphragm, and the esophagus work to close the opening to the stomach very tightly.
Because the lining of the esophagus is not as well protected as the stomach, when this acid works it’s way in, it can cause a burning, and tightening in the chest area and below the chest area. Often, an acidic or bitter taste in the mouth is experienced, and also a sick feeling is felt among some people.
This is called acid reflux. The diaphragm, and the opening to the stomach can weaken over time due to a continual exposure to stomach acid allowing for a hiatal hernia.
A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach protrudes into the esophagus allowing for more acid to escape from the stomach into the esophagus.
This is called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD is the more chronic, and serious form of acid reflux. GERD can lead to more serious issues, including cancer.
What Causes Acid Reflux
What causes acid reflux and GERD may not be what you think or what you have heard. We are led to believe by the 10 plus billion dollar a year antacid industry that acid reflux and GERD are caused by having too much stomach acid. In reality, we have the vast majority of us have too little stomach acid.
When we are 18 years of age, we are making an optimum amount of hydrochloric stomach acid. We can digest our food, and kill pathogens in our food with no trouble.
However, as we age, our bodies produce less and less of this vital HCL, primarily due to the copious amounts of cooked food that we eat everyday. Other possible causes or contributors are high stress, insufficient alkaline minerals, parasites, obesity, pregnancy, and/or infection, among others.
By the time we hit age 40 we produce less than half of the HCL that we made when we were at our peak, at age 18. And, by the time we get to age 70, most of us are making very little of this precious substance.
So what happens to the food we eat when it hits our stomachs if we have little stores of hydrochloric acid? Much of the food simply rots or ferments there in our guts, and this produces lactic acid.
This lactic acid wreaks havoc on our esophageal hiatus or sphincter, and makes its way into the esphogus. This causes acid reflux, and after continual abuse the dreaded GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is created.
There are many triggers that can set off acid reflux, and GERD. These include medications, acidic foods, eating too quickly, eating too much, stress, certain drinks, too much exercise, cigarette smoking, tight fitting clothing, among others.
Typical Treatments for Acid Reflux and GERD
The treatment of choice by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, and the AMA, American Medical Association is antacids. Antacids will provide temporary relief, but can deplete the body’s stores of magnesium, and mask the underlying causes of acid reflux, often making the condition worse.
In addition to antacids, prescription drugs can be given, and in more severe cases, surgeries are performed in order to strengthen the esophageal sphincter, or hiatus.
As I mentioned earlier, the antacid business is BIG business, so like many other areas of chronic care in the U.S., much is done to downplay other methods that address causes instead of just symptoms.
The motivation for this is to protect the enormous profits that drugs, continual doctor visits, and surgeries produce.
Best Treatment Acid Reflux
The best treatment for acid reflux or any other condition for that matter, is one that determines, and addresses the root cause.
I also believe the best treatment is a natural one that works with the body instead of against it as is the case with most drugs.
Since we know that most acid reflux is the result of too little hydrochloric acid in the stomach, we must work to replenish these levels.
First and foremost we must rebuild these HCL levels safely, naturally, and effectively. In addition, it would be ideal if we can accomplish this without having to spend too much of our hard earned money.
Luckily for us, there is a safe, natural, effective, and affordable treatment for acid reflux, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Betaine hydrochloride from sugar beets, and a potassium activator will help reestablish these low levels of HCL.
This will support gastric acid secretion which is critically needed to break down protein, vitamin B12, and more in order for important minerals and vitamins to be absorbed. This combination is best taken directly after meals, especially when you eat cooked meals.
It also supports the PH or acid/alkaline balance of the GI or gastrointenstinal tract, as well as provides microbial balance in the stomach.
In addition, certain salts can help with HCL storage and production. These salts include sun dried sea salts, and Hawaiian pink salt. These salts contain the chloride fraction that is integral in HCL, as well as other nutrients.
This chloride fraction is not found in other highly heated, nutrient stripped table salt.
In order for this to work optimally for you, it is best to eat more raw foods, and less cooked foods. Raw foods contain their own enzymes, and are much easier for you to digest than cooked foods.
In addition, fermented foods are also easily digested. Foods such as saurkraut, kefir, tofu, tempeh, and many others are very easily digested, cause little if any stomach distress, and also provide many other health benefits.
These foods will allow you to expend less of your HCL, and help keep your levels steady, or at least slow the decline. To improve digestion even further, supplementing with digestive enzymes, and probiotics can benefit this process greatly.
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
Instead of taking expensive, and possibly harmful antacids, and other drugs, try these natural acid reflux remedies.
Ginger Ginger contains enzymes that break down amino acids. It is also anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Ginger root is available in most grocery stores, and can be taken as a tea, pickled, or eaten raw.
Water Drinking more filtered or fresh water with your meals will help you break down your food, and dilute it helping prevent stomach distress.
Water also helps you feel full, curbing your appetite so you eat less. Water also has many other benefits to your health such as relieving joint and muscle pain, and more.
Bananas Effective by shielding the the stomach lining from painful acids, and helps provide an alkaline boost to the stomach’s PH or acid/alkaline levels. Bananas are also high in food absorbing potassium, and rich in toxic removing fiber.
Almonds Almonds help acid reflux the same way that bananas do.
Apple Cider Vinegar Creates a milder acidic environment in the stomach, and provides the type, and amount of acid that the esophageal sphincter requires to function properly.
Honey Raw, unheated honey, can prevent upset stomach, IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, and heartburn. It also coats and relieves the esphagus that has been subjected to painful acids.
What is the Treatment for Acid Reflux?
You can defeat acid reflux and GERD. Acid reflux or GERD, gastroesohpageal reflux disease is also known as acid stomach, acid indigestion, and heartburn.
The 10 billion dollar a year plus antacid industry would like you to believe that your acid reflux and GERD is caused by too much stomach acid, when in reality it is usually caused by too little HCL or hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
The triggers that can bring on acid reflux, and GERD include medications, acidic foods, eating too quickly, eating too much, stress, certain drinks, too much exercise, cigarette smoking, tight fitting clothing, among others.
The treatment of choice of the drug, and medical industry are antacids, drugs, and surgery. The best treatment is to reestablish your HCL levels with betaine hydrochloride from sugar beets, and a potassium activator. Intoducing healthy salts like a sun-dried sea salt, or Hawaiian pink salt is also helpful.
Raw foods, and fermented foods are easily digestible, and don’t cause stomach distress in most cases. To improve digestion even further, supplementing with digestive enzymes, and probiotics will benefit this process greatly.
Natural remedies include ginger, almonds, bananas, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and drinking more fresh, clean water.
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