The stomach is naturally acidic, which enables it to breakdown proteins.
But when there’s too much acid or the protective mechanisms are inadequate, the lining of the stomach can become damaged leading to all kinds of symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain, and heartburn.
Most people run for the bottle of antacids when these symptoms arise, but the problem is they only work on existing acid in the stomach, they do not stop further production of acid, so you’ll likely end up right back where you started.
Prolonged use of antacids may cause a condition where the stomach starts producing even more acid.
On the other hand, excessive neutralization of stomach acid may allow bacteria to survive in your gut that shouldn’t be there, weakening the body’s main defense systems.
So let’s talk about some healthy alternatives. Acid reflux can often be caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your gut.
To combat this, you can take a high-quality probiotic (30 billion – 400 billion CFU) so the good bacteria can prevent an overgrowth of the bad bacteria.
Another cause of reflux is when food hangs out in your stomach too long.
This can happen when there’s not enough gastric acid to activate your digestive enzymes, or when digestive enzymes are not produced in sufficient amounts.
In this case, taking a broad-based digestive enzyme supplement with food may help solve the issue.
Believe it or not, acid reflux can also be tracked back to low stomach acidity. When this happens, you can use HCL Betaine (750-3000 mg) to restore proper pH levels in the stomach.
Although HCL therapy is safe, use should be short term and monitored by a health practitioner.
You should also never take HCL supplements alongside anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.
When it comes down to it, improving what you eat is the longterm solution to most health problems.
We recommend an anti-inflammatory nutritional protocol where you focus on lean meats, quality fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Leave the sugars, artificial sweeteners, breads, grains, and processed foods behind.
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