Natural Acid Reflux Relief And Prevention
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Natural Acid Reflux Relief And PreventionThey include heartburn, trouble swallowing, feeling that food is stuck in the throat, and abitter or sour taste in the mouth.If you experience acid reflux more than twice a week, it is a more serious condition calledgastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. If left untreated, GERD can lead to problemssuch as inflammation of the esophagus and a precancerous condition called Barrettsesophagus.Mechanism Behind Acid RefluxAcid Reflux: The Digestive System Disorder Acid Reflux: The Digestive Process DiseaseAcid Reflux: The Digestive System DiseaseNormally, when you eat, the presence of food in the stomach triggers a hormone calledgastrin, which controls the amount of gastric juices that are secreted. Hydrochloric acid(HCL) is one of the main components of gastric juices. For proper digestion, enough acid willbe produced to lower the stomach pH to around 1.5-2.5, a very acidic condition. This killsharmful microbes, triggers the release of the protein-digesting enzyme, and allows for propernutrient absorption.Typically, acid reflux is believed to be caused by excessive stomach acid production.However, in 95% of the cases, the opposite is true.Acid reflux is related to low stomach acid. When you are stressed, the bodys naturalresponse is to suppress the digestive system which results in a decline in stomach acidproduction. Your body also makes less stomach acid as you get older. Thats why acid refluxis more common in the elderly than the young. When there is not enough acid, theundigested food tends to remain in the stomach longer. Why Acid Reflux Drugs Do MoreHarm Than GoodWithout doubt, these drugs can provide short-term relief. When you neutralize or inhibit thestomach acid, you take care of the acid reflux temporarily as there is no more acid to causeproblem. However, these drugs merely mask the symptoms and do not address theunderlying cause of your problem. Why do you have acid reflux in the first place?• When you block all your stomach acid, how can you digest your foods properly and absorb the nutrients your body needs? Long-term use of acid reflux drugs can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, calcium, and magnesium. A deficiency in B12 can lead to depression, anemia, fatigue, nerve damage, and even dementia in the elderly. A deficiency in calcium and magnesium can raise the risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures.• When your stomach is not as acidic as it should be, you are creating an environment for bacteria and viruses to grow. Chronically low levels of stomach acid expose you to increased risks of food poisoning, ulcers (caused by a common bacteria called Helicobacter
pylori), pneumonia, as well as a dangerous bacterial infection called Clostridium difficile. It may lead to a low-grade overgrowth of harmful small intestinal bacteria that causes irritable bowel syndrome and symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.• PPI can lead to acid rebound with symptoms returning with a vengeance when drug use is abruptly discontinued.Therefore, if you suffer from acid reflux, you need to be aware of the deficiency of theconventional treatment prescribed by many doctors.