Actually acid reflux has very little to do with the over production of stomach acid. It is triggered by rich and spicy foods or eating late, but that isnt the cause. The problem is much more to do with the under production of stomach acid, rather than an over production that needs quelling. To remain stable the stomach acid requires natural enzymes to be released from our food at every meal. These enzymes come from food in their natural state - not takeaways or eating to late. As stomach acid drops due to lack of food enzymes, so the food is not digested effectively in the stomach. As a result small particles of food can get stuck in the esophagus causing a burning sensation.
Antacids will get rid of the burning sensation - but will cause the acid in the stomach to drop even more. So the cycle goes on. We keep buying the tablets and the drugs companies are happy.
To solve a stomach acid problem is actually very simple. Consume as many green foods in their natural state as possible, with every meal. This will help with populating the stomach acid with food enzymes, but also contains lots of B vitamins and zinc - nutrients vital for stomach acid production.
Drink half a lemon squeezed into warm water first thing in the morning and have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water 15 minutes before each meal. Adjust your diet to remove processed foods and focus on eating as naturally as possible. Follow this protocol for 4 weeks to repopulate the stomach acid.
Long term use a teaspoon of Phytolife in your water daily after each meal. It's a high dose of plant based chlorophyll that ensures the stomach acid stays at the right PH for digestion. It also contains peppermint for soothing and reducing the burning sensation.
If you are someone who regularly relies on some form of antacid to reduce stomach discomfort you could be making the problem worse longer term. Try the suggestions above for 4 weeks and see what a difference it can make - plus you could save money not having to repeatedly buy the antacids.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me for more information.
Sue Thomas has been in the wellness industry for more than 16 years.