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What can ruin a summer party more than a crushing pain in your chest?
Is it digestion or is it a heart attack? You go to the doctor and she/he rules out heart disease and says you have GERD (digestive issues). They want to start you on that little purple pill and you know enough to be aware that it doesn’t fix the problem. It actually creates other problems. Here are some facts about digestion that may help you fix the problem with or without the little purple pill.
Your stomach is an acid machine. It makes HCL (hydrochorlic acid) to help digest proteins and calcium. Acid kills bacteria so you don’t succumb to things like H-pylori bacteria which can cause ulcers. When your stomach digests it churns. The more HCL it has, the less it has to churn so that the digestive enzymes can be in touch with the food. If they are not in touch the food, it ferments and forms acid. The stomach churns harder to put the juices together and when some if it regurgitates back up the esophagus, this causes the symptoms of heartburn.
Fermented food acid hitting the esophagus and causing extreme pain is the result of not ENOUGH HCL and DIGESTIVE ENZYMES.
WHAT DOES THE LITTLE PURPLE PILL DO? IT FURTHER REDUCES the HCL. This reduces the immediate pain but it is addingto the cause of the problem in the first place.
What to do?
Take a stomach acid self-test: Take a Tbsp of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar when you feel the pain. If the pain is relieved, you have low stomach acid levels. Taking a tbsp. of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar before a meal may help promote acid production and aid digestion. Avoid drinking liquids with a meal, it dilutes stomach secretions of acid. Avoid ice cold drinks. It freezes the tissues that produce the secretions.
Take healthy Supplements that make a difference:
1 —EZ Gest: taken with meals is very effective. It contains enzymes for all the food groups, when you look at other products they handle lactose (milk) or beans etc. More enzymes break the foods down and prevent the fermented acid that causes the pain. Take before each meal. Adding Alfalfa to EZ-Gest at the beginning of a meal can reduce symptoms.
2 –If the acid test tells you have too much stomach acid, (the pain worsens when you take the tablespoon of lemon or apple cider vinegar) take Cal Mag chewables at first sign of heartburn. Consider the dietary connections of foods such as spicy foods, fatty/fried foods, alcohol, citrus, chocolate, tomato sauce, and carbonated beverages.
3–Use the Optiflora system to balance the microflora of the intestine, which helps digestion and prevents fermentation and the acids that irritate.
4—Take a daily B-Complex, which helps with digesting the proteins and lessens the work on the stomach and prevents fermentation of the acids.
5–Stomach Soothing Complex: It contains peppermint, ginger, anise, fennel — all fabulous for good digestion and relieves gas pains. It works within 20 minutes. This is good to have in the medicine cabinet.
Here are some other recommendations:
- Do not lie down within 2-3 hours after eating.
- Lose 15 pounds to put less pressure on the diaphragm, which pushes things up. The acid gets pushed into the esophagus.
- Do not eat within 3 hours of bedtime
More Information about your stomach’s Hydrochloric acid:
- It is reduced by a diet high in red meat, dairy and processed foods
- Protein, Calcium and iron require a good “Acid/HCL soak.” (If you have low acid it may mean you are not getting what you need even though you eat enough food.)
- HCL levels decrease with age.
- Over 40-levels less than half of those at age 18.
- Age 60-65-dramatic decrease. Important to take digestive enzymes and other nutrients (Optiflora and B-Complex).
Summer should be a time of fun. Take good care of your digestion and it will give you the vitality you want at any age. If you have an issue, start from the cause of an issue so you improve your overall health.
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