Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux is most often associated with occasional heartburn in your upper abdomen, or a somewhat sour or acidic taste in your mouth or throat. In severe cases of heartburn, it can be mistaken for a heart attack. When the pain is persistent it may be classified as Acid Reflux Disease, or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Left untreated, this may become a more dangerous situation, possibly even leading to cancer of the esophagus.

With nearly 40% of the population now experiencing some level of acid reflux, there are numerous prescription drugs as well as over the counter treatments that are commonly used. The occasional use of an antacid or drug will certainly help with the pain. However, continued use without treating the cause may increase your risk of cancer in the digestive tract. Prolonged use of drugs that limit acidity of the stomach may cause severe, long-term allergies, malnourishment, and autoimmune disease.

The advice provided by most natural practitioners we partner with involves chewing your food into liquid form to incorporate saliva, thus beginning the digestive process. In addition, avoid liquid consumption with meals. These changes will require less acid to be excreted for proper digestion. Do not eat meals or snacks late at night before lying down, and avoid large meals. Some acidic and/or spicy foods may also need to be avoided.

Numerous long-term studies of nutrients and nutrient deficiencies at Yale University and other international organizations, suggest that nutrients can play a huge role in helping with acid reflux, as well as reducing the incidence of cancer from this condition. Vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, beta carotene, zinc, vitamin A, folate, B6, and other nutrients have all been identified in those studies as significantly reducing the frequency of cancer. (The SONA vitamin mentioned above includes all of these nutrients.) All 46 of the Essential Nutrients discovered in the 15-year SONA study are necessary to ensure the body has the building blocks to make the enzymes, bile, acid, and all components of the digestive system. Any deficiency over time leads to disease. This is why the basic healing protocol for all the best practitioners includes cleansing the body, getting the 46 essential nutrients, rebuilding the intestinal flora, and adding digestive enzymes if needed, as well as a healthy diet and exercise. The goal is to heal the entire body.

Again, we strongly suggest reading the article Poor Digestion Can Lead to Disease to fully understand why these steps are critical to overall health.