To block stomach acid or not ....

I keep seeing Pepsid ads on fb …and this helps me know that fb is not really tracking me as closely I have thought because as a nutritionist and someone who is addresses the root cause of an issue, not just put a band aid over the symptom, they would know that I would never EVER suggest anyone take Pepsid when experiencing heart burn.

Here’s why: (let me geek out with you for just a moment…)

Often times the root cause of heart burn and acid reflux is because there is not enough acid in the stomach, not too much. Yes, you read that correctly. Suppressing stomach acid only exasterbates the situation and creates a vicious cycle of malnutrition and dependency on these pharmaceuticals.

The thing is that there needs to be a certain amount of acid in the stomach in order to properly communicate to the lower esophageal sphincter to close (the little sphincter that is at the bottom of the esophagus and keeps the food in the stomach). If there isn’t enough acid in the stomach, it doesn’t close and contents from the stomach will rise into the esophagus.

Ouch! Painful! That is when the very unpleasant experience of heart burn happens.

When proton pump inhibitors, acid blockers, antacids,H2 blockers are taken for a long period of time the risk of nutrient and mineral deficiencies are increased exponentially. Researchers have also found a huge connection between Alzheimers and many other disorders with people who take acid blockers. Plus you are only partially digesting your food because it isn't properly being broken down.

What to do … focus on increasing stomach acid! Apple cider vinegar, Hydrochloric acid supplements … drink aloe vera juice when experiencing a bout of heart burn or I like the supplement Acid Soothe from Enzymedica. Ditch the processed and triggering foods and opt for whole food and organic diet. Increase filtered water intake.

Reduce stress! Relaxation can increase stomach acid andof stress reduces hydrochloric acid. If you want specific support, reach out to me personally.

This post is not intended to treat or diagnose any illness .. blah blah blah but to protect my cute ass, check with your doctor before getting off of acid blockers or do more research!!!!!!

Has anyone successfully gotten off of acid blockers, Proton Pump inhibitors, antacids, H2 blockers? Pepsid, Zantac, Tagamet, Tums … there are so many types and brands out there. Don’t fall for it. Asking *why* this is happening can save your health.