How to Soothe your Heartburn, Naturally

Published December 1, 2018

Do you suffer from the discomfort of heartburn? Did you…

Do you suffer from the discomfort of heartburn?

Did you know this common complaint is regularly caused by too little (not too much) acid, also known as hypochlorhydria?

This is especially true in women and as we age.

This goes against the mainstream advice readily given, doesn’t it?

A study published in The Journal of Gastroenterology found that:

“Gender and gastric hypochlorhydria… were significantly associated with higher dyspeptic [heartburn] symptom scores.”

This means the commonplace heartburn recommendation of proton pump inhibitors, which reduce stomach acid secretion, is flawed and potentially dangerous…

Because when a medication is introduced to drop low stomach acid even further it can have serious, negative health effects.

Why?

Stomach acid is secreted to boost the breakdown of foods; to release their nutrients ready for absorption.

It also kills off foreign invaders like bacteria and fungi.

As the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society noted, this can predispose “to malabsorption or bacterial overgrowth further along the [gastrointestinal] tract.”

Phew: That’s scary stuff!

Add to this that proton pump inhibitors may reduce vitamin and mineral absorption, create gut dysbiosis (also called a leaky gut), and even exacerbate the symptoms of heartburn, and it’s obvious we need a different approach.

 

Natural options to heal heartburn

Gastric hypochlorhydria is responsible for the heartburn many of my clients face…

So when I work with someone, I first assess the reasons why someone has heartburn.

Then we focus on natural ways to increase stomach acid to healthy levels, where needed.

How?

 

1) Improved digestion

To enhance digestion we must first treat a leaky gut.

Wondering if you have a leaky gut?

You’ll discover the top 10 signs this problem may be an issue for you here.

What can you do about it?

In this article I share The 7 Steps I Use With Clients to Repair Their Leaky Gut.

 

2) Use simple foods as medicine

Lemon juice & Apple cider  – Starting the day with a glass of refreshing lemon water, or taking 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar before each meal, increase your digestive alkalinity and can help reduce heartburn.

Slippery Elm Bark – Another simple approach my client’s love combines 150ml water with 1 tsp of slippery elm powder, taken twice daily (morning and night), as it naturally soothes reflux, and can help heal ulcers and the digestive system.

 

3) Natural supplementation

There are wonderful healing supplements that naturally boost stomach acid levels, including:

  • Betaine hydrochloride
  • Pepsin
  • Peppermint
  • The dried root of Gentiana Lutea

 

4) Stress management

When we are stressed our blood diverts from digestion to the muscles and functions needed for survival…

So to improve digestive health we need to calm unhealthy stress, through approaches like:

Gentle exercise including Yoga, swimming or walking

Regular meditation

Consuming stress busting foods

Supplemental vitamin Bs, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids

If you suffer from heartburn, please remember it may be low – not high – levels of stomach acid that need to be addressed…

And this may be the reason why past medical intervention has failed.

 

xx Nik

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References:

https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/digestive-health/low-stomach-acid-the-surprising-cause-of-many-indigestion-symptoms/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00535-012-0634-8

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-society/article/ageing-and-the-gut/A85D096755F5F7652C262495ABF302A0#

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991651/

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-society/article/ageing-and-the-gut/A85D096755F5F7652C262495ABF302A0/core-reader

https://nutritionreview.org/2018/03/gastric-balance-heartburn-caused-excess-acid/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/stress-and-the-sensitive-gut

 

Nik Toth