Acid Reflux Relief
Your Guide To Extinguishing The Fire
Welcome, and thank you for joining me. I started this journey trying to find some relief from Acid Reflux for my Son as well as for myself. I researched and gathered some helpful information on Quick and Long-Term Acid Reflux relief to better understand what it was doing to me.
I also found that many others who suffer from Acid Reflux were looking to find some relief as well. Knowing that I put together some key things that I found which helped me, and I would like to share them with you.
What Is Acid Reflux?
There are many different causes of acid reflux, which is why millions of people suffer from it daily. For some, it may only be an occasional bout with it, but for others, it can be the worst, most frequent cases. However, learning what the core reasons are for acid reflux means being able to alleviate it.
The first and most important step is figuring out whether it's acid reflux for sure because it could actually be an ulcer or hernia. We can test this by eating something. If it gets worse after eating, then it is acid reflux. If eating makes you feel better you may actually have an ulcer or hernia.
But for now, let's go with acid reflux.
So what is acid reflux? Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid makes its way back up through the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, (LES) into the esophagus, irritating the tissue. Heartburn, (dyspepsia) also know as acid indigestion, is a symptom of acid reflux, so named because the esophagus lies just behind the heart, and that is where the burning sensation is felt. So no, your heart is not burning. However, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is diagnosed when acid reflux occurs more than twice a week.
In addition to that when the stomach's pH is more alkaline than acidic you don't have enough acid to break down food. (pH needs to be 3.5 or below, so it can break down food). To this point, acid reflux is actually caused by NOT HAVING ENOUGH stomach acid, (that's right, NOT ENOUGH stomach acid). Because of this, food is not broken down properly and the esophageal sphincter could fail to close completely, causing acid to make its way back up into the esophagus, leading to the pain and discomfort we are all so familiar with. So then why would a doctor prescribe antacids? Let's think about that for a moment. You're experiencing excruciating pain due to low stomach acid so, you're told to take a stomach acid reducing medication. Hmmmmmm...
You feel better (temporarily and in the short-term that's fine) because the medication removes all of the stomach acids. Since acid reflux cannot occur unless you have at least some acid it appears to be gone. Some contain chemical compounds such as calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, aluminum, and magnesium hydroxide. They can also inhibit nutrient absorption, leading to deficiencies over time. So while this might be ok for the occasional occurrence, the problem is you're still only putting a patch on the tire instead of changing the tire. It will come back again and again guaranteed. So now that we know this, how do we fix it?