Acid Reflux Sucks
I was told this was normal. They tell you to stop eating spicy food, tomatoes, garlic and even worse, coffee (I love these foods dearly). Also, drink more water they tell you, you’re probably dehydrated. Apparently all these things can contribute to heartburn. huh. Then you start buying acid-reflux products at the pharmacy to the point where you make sure you have some on you for your weekend away with friends (‘cause you know you’ll be chasing chicken wings with cold beer).
Starting in my mid-teenage years I would experience bouts of acid reflux that intensified up until the age of 36. I was up to 2 extra-strength Zantac every day. That was 3 years ago.
Since then, I have managed to bring the frequency and intensity of my acid reflux down to… zero.
Here’s the kicker, even the acid-reducing PIP medications (called proton-pump-inhibitors) end up altering the gut microbiome and contribute to poor digestive health!
As a shout out to all acid-reflux sufferers, here are some of the steps in my journey of how I beat heartburn for good. May these be of help to you on your journey.
* This may feel like ‘fighting fire with fire’. But, in fact heartburn is often the result of a lack of acid (secretion glands may be damaged) which causes the food to stay in the stomach longer than needed. Adding a little hydrochloric acid can help move things along. Obviously discontinue if symptoms get worse!
I have since restores my gut and can enjoy the spiciest foods with no issues whatsoever. I no longer need to take the lemon juice and vinegar shooters as symptoms have pretty much disappeared.
I would love to hear your comments on this article. Maybe I can even answer a couple questions to help you on your way.
Peace to all,
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