How to get your acid reflux under control
Proper digestion is extremely important to ensure optimal health. Incomplete or improper digestion of food is one of the main causes of many diseases. The problem is eating healthy, high quality food and nutritional products are inefficient if these nutrients are not properly absorbed and in turn these incompletely digested products are absorbed into the blood system. This ultimately leads to many serious immune system disorders and metabolic diseases.
The most common cause of an improper digestion, besides the lack of digestive enzymes from the pancreas, is a lack of stomach acid (HCl), which causes more serious health problems than its excess. In other words, conventional medicine attributes many digestive problems to the stomach acid excess (acidity) without proper examination.
The fact is, most patients suffer from a lack or even total absence of HCl, which has the same symptoms as hyperacidity, including the so-called heartburn (gastro-oesophageal reflux) shortly after a meal. Food improperly digested in the absence of HCl results to fermentation and the accumulation of gases that cause the return of food such as juices into the esophagus and the feeling of heartburn. Other signs of lack of HCl are:
- excessive belching
- bloating due to gas formation from the fermentation of food, (not digestion)
- excessive feeling of fullness in the stomach caused by inability of stomach to digest food
- diarrhea or constipation
- rectal itching
- nausea and drowsiness
- many allergic reactions
- brittle and splitting the nail
- enlarged blood vessels in the nose and cheeks (red nose and cheeks) if it is not confirmed by other reasons such as. use of alcohol,
- post-adolescent acne
- iron deficiency anemia
- chronic intestinal parasites and yeast infections
- undigested food in stool
- chronic candidiasis
Based on an incorrect diagnosis, patients with lack of HCl might even be prescribed to drugs to reduce HCl. This can result in blocking the whole digestive process (and thus the patient can initially feel that the HCl reducing drugs helped) and many serious diseases resulting from it, which gradually appear over time, including serious infections and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Functions of stomach acid (HCl)
- digestion of food,
- protection of the gastrointestinal tract against pathogens from food,
- regulation of intestinal microflora. Healthy and optimal intestinal microflora is essential for a healthy immune system. An overgrowth of certain intestinal bacteria (eg Candida albicans) leads to immune disorders and systemic candidiasis,
- absorption of vitamins, minerals (like calcium, zinc and iron) and other nutrients
- rapid and unwanted weight loss during the transition to a healthy diet caused by an improper nutrients digestion
Some diseases caused by lack of HCL
- Lack of protein
- Helicobacter pilori (causing stomach ulcers)
- Addison’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
- Bladder diseases
- Chronic autoimmune diseases
- Chronic rash
- Lupus erythematosus
- Myasthenia gravis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Hyper-and hypo-thyroidism
- Mental illness
- Grey hair due to lack of minerals
- Hair loss (especially women)
- And others, including inflammatory, infectious and cancerous diseases
Causes of lack of HCl
Western diet with an excess of industrial processed carbohydrates and animal protein, dairy products, refined sugar, dehydration – lack of water from which the acid is formed, and others.
Heidelberg gastric analysis was developed at Heidelberg University in Germany to monitor the pH of the digestive tract and determine the ability of parietal cells in the stomach to secrete acid. During the test, patients swallow an electronic capsule that monitors the acidity of the digestive system, while the information is transmitted to monitor acidity and evaluated. A total of 10 000 patients were examined. The majority of patients who had previously been diagnosed with an excess of stomach acid had actually suffered from the lack of it.
Natural promoters of HCl
- apple cider vinegar
- black olives
- leafy vegetables
- sea salt
HCL creation is also helped by:
- Thiamine (vitamin B1)
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
- Vitamin B6
How to help your digestion
- Eat healthy – lots of raw vegetables, decrease meat and simple carbohydrates consumption, avoid industrial processed carbohydrates, white flour, cow’s milk, excessive coffee drinking and alcohol. Avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks.
- Eat 5 times a day in smaller doses.
- Eat slowly and chew carefully.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water daily.
- Take digestive enzymes until renewed self-formation in the pancreas.