A Band-aid Approach


imagesPeople with acid reflux find comfort sleeping in a favorite chair, sometimes never returning to their bed.

Acid reflux is often just one of many digestive symptoms that can result from poor digestion, food intolerances, chronic stress, gut infections, Candida and other factors.  Up to 15 million people have a condition called acid reflux or GERD.  GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter, a kind of trap door into the stomach, doesn’t close properly. Stomach contents leak back into the esophagus, causing the burning sensation called heartburn. Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD and can eventually lead to more serious health problems.

Despite what the commercials say, GERD is not caused by too much stomach acid.  It’s too little stomach acid and acid in the wrong place — our esophagus.

Digestion is a metabolic issue and so is acid reflux:

One study of 155 healthy people who had used antacids for long periods of time found that 47% suffered some erosion of the esophagus. Regular antacid use also impairs the stomach’s ability to digest protein.  This is important if you are a meat eater.  Finally, without the right amount of stomach acidity, “friendly” bacteria that contribute to digestion die, leaving you at risk for low-level microbial infections that can lead to chronic indigestion. (1)

Should we take a pill?

Heartburn remedies are among the biggest selling drugs of all time.  However we should think long and hard before we pop that Pepcid.

Stomach acid is required for good digestion. Poor digestion produces heartburn.  Our gut health is riding on our body’s ability to absorb nutrients and create friendly gut bacteria.  People with heart-burn usually take antacids.  Antacids reduce stomach acid.  Oh no- I have more heartburn!  A paradox isn’t it?

“Paradoxically, 90 percent of people who experience heartburn, don’t have enough acid.” (2)

Are there Side Effects?

“If you are taking Proton-pump-inhibitor drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, Tagamet, etc. these can reduce the acidity of the stomach, but in so doing create a more favorable environment for bad bacteria such as H. Pylori.”  Our gut needs good bacteria for immune health.  They go hand and hand.

Nearly every disease originating in the human body is due to or accompanied by the excessive formation of different kinds of acids in the system, the most important of which are uric, carbonic, sulphuric, phosphoric and oxalic acids. (3)

There are medications for GERD that may increase the risk of certain cancers and change our delicate pH balance. These are serious health concerns, and it’s pretty clear that in this case, the “cure” of acid-blocking drugs are worse than the “disease” of GERD.  “Blocking stomach acid, also increases our risk of developing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.” (4)

Antacids can result in issues in other areas:

Antacids can also be linked to gastric and esophageal cancer. (5)

Vitamin B-12 deficiency may be caused by the acid-suppressing drugs that people are taking (Previcet and Prilosec)

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that chronic use of acid-blocking drugs leads to an increase in the development of osteoporosis and increase in hip fracture because blocking acid prevents the absorption of calcium and other minerals necessary for bone health. (6)

Antacids interfere with the absorption of copper:(7)

Copper is an essential mineral required by the body for bone and connective tissue production, and for coding specific enzymes that range in function from eliminating free radicals to producing melanin.  A deficiency in copper can lead to osteoporosis, joint pain, and lowered immunity.

You can’t assimilate nutrients until they have been adequately broken down by digestion:

Antacids neutralize the acids in our stomach, making it difficult to break down foods into small enough particles to be absorbed. Once partially digested foods leave our stomach, our body treats this partially digested food, as foreign. The resulting immune response can result in food insensitivities and fatigue.  Added to this is the upset of the balance of friendly bacteria needed for a healthy immune system. (8)

Neurological side effects from Antacids:

1 – Taking certain types of medication to deal with heartburn and excess stomach acid may increase the risk of cognitive impairment in the elderly, according to a report in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The drugs in question, called histamine-2 receptor antagonists or H2As, include popular medicines such as Zantac and Pepcid.

2 – Antacids taken to fight indigestion actually diminish the enzymes needed to digest foods and nutrients critical to proper brain function.(9)

 Antacids merely mask symptoms instead of handling the real problem:

Gurkipal Singh of Stanford University reported that people taking antacids and H2-blockers suffered more than twice as many serious gastrointestinal complications than those given placebos.

What could make normal stomach digestive fluids flow up where they don’t belong?  One is overeating.  One can be from eating an abundance of pesticides and chemicals in our food. We need to also address  food combining.  Another can be eating a big meal before bed. “Late night eating can trigger GERD”. (4)

So if drugs are not the answer, what is?  Making small changes to our stress & eating style, we can have incredible gains and less discomfort. I can help you identify the causes of your reflux and heartburn, help you find the right solutions, nutrients, and lifestyle therapies  so you can see & feel results today.  As a Health Coach, I support you and your understanding of your symptoms and where imbalances may occur. All the pills in the world can’t make up for a grossly negligent diet, and complete lack of activity.  Making time to do things with mindfulness now, will ensure less time with ill health, less medical expenses and a better quality of life for your future.  What you can do: Avoid processed, canned, frozen and junk fake foods. Incorporate more plant  foods from mother nature in your diet.  Get inspired.  Create lasting changes in your relationship with food.  Give yourself permission to spend that extra 20 minutes a day on planing your healthy meals at home!

Stomach acid is required for good digestion.  Poor digestion produces heartburn. Your health is riding on your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.  Time for change?  In PAIN?  Why wait, connect with me Today HERE!

Copyright@2015,2016,2017Connie Rogers www.bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes

1- {“Upset Stomach? The Right PH,” Family Health, Taste for Life magazine, Nov. 2000}
2- ( Dr. Jonny Bowden)
3-(Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr, MD)
4 and 10- (taken from Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski.)
5-  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3646149/ see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19190141
6- (Yang, Y., Lewis, J.D., Epstein, S., and David Metz. 2006. Long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy and risk of hip fracture. JAMA. 296(24): 2947-2953.)  see also  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3073046/
7- http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-copper-foods.php#13XVQRfPMfm8W1vl.99
8- {taken from “Digestion Problems,” Women’s Health Letter, Nan Fuchs, PhD, Feb. 2002}
9- {taken from: Journal of Natural Healing Breakthroughs, “Health Alert,” Dr. Bruce West}
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