The Truth About Heartburn

The cause of gastrointestinal distress & inflammation is not the “too much acid” culprit everyone thinks it is…it’s actually quite the opposite!

Approximately 10 to 20% of the U.S. Population have trouble with indigestion, reflux & heart burn due to:

  1. Insufficient Stomach Acid
  2. Lack of Digestive Enzymes in the Modern Diet

Confused? Isn’t it common knowledge that TOO MUCH stomach acid is what causes these problems? Let me explain why it’s the reverse that is actually true.

The Cause of Heart Burn, Reflux & Gastritis Is Not What You Think

If one does not produce enough hydrochloric acid to be able to digest the foods they eat, the foods actually stay in the GI tract for longer than they should leading to putrefaction of the undigested food. This internal “rotting” produces numerous organic acids which are the true root of heart burn & indigestion. Acid-suppressing drugs alleviate symptoms because they neutralize these organic acids. However, they only exacerbate the underlying problem by increasing alkalinity of the stomach which leads to a reduction in nutrient absorption and a whole host of other problems.

Holistic Treatment:

If the absence of sufficient quantities of acid & enzymes is the problem, than the solution is to simply replace these through diet modification, stress management and nutritional support & supplementation.

Taking digestive enzymes & nutritional supplements that stimulate acid secretion with each meal is the start. This corrects the deficiency and takes pressure off the stomach in order to give it the time & energy it needs to heal itself. This by itself can do wonders for one’s condition if there is no ulceration or damage already done to the gastrointestinal lining. In this case, herbs/supplements to reduce this inflammation & aid in healing of the GI mucosa will be necessary as part of treatment.

Please contact the Integrative Wellness Fx team today if you would like more in-depth guidance on a similar condition or would like to get our recommendation on the highest quality supplements with the most research to address these specific issues.

Digestive Enzymes:

Traditionally, the foods that you eat contain in them the enzymes that are necessary for their own digestion. The processed foods that most people sustain themselves on, however, are completely deficient of these crucial enzymes & this is the big problem. Enzymes act as the biochemical machinery that break down the proteins, fats & carbs that we ingest, and provide numerous other roles in controlling inflammation & other metabolic processes. While our bodies can make many of these enzymes endogenously, this can be strenuous for the body if we do not also get enzymes from our diet.

Fruits such as papaya & pineapple, leafy-green vegetables, apple cider vinegar & other raw foods are the best sources of these enzymes. It is important that these foods be eaten raw because enzymes are very sensitive to heat & can be easily destroyed by the cooking process.

Insufficient Stomach Acid:

Dr. David and the entire Integrative Wellness Fx team are passionate about sharing their expertise to empower you with knowledge supportive of your holistic health & lifestyle.

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