A common problem to consider before your rich holiday meals! Both not enough Acids in the stomach and Acid reflux can destroy your pleasure of food, as well as your health. Many start to take anti-acids or a natural bicarbonate soda to reduce acid reflex. Problem is you may end up creating chronic indigestion.
The problem with this anti acid ‘solution’ is that the stomach is supposed to be highly acidic.
Why we need Stomach Acidity?
Strong levels of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach purifies our food of pathogenic material we may have ingested. Strong stomach acidity digests complex proteins in the stomach, transforming large micro nutrients into smaller micro nutrients, that can be digested further in the intestinal tract.
Taking anti-acids regularly reduces the acidity levels in the stomach. It’s a short term solution to reduce acid reflex, but at the same time it interfere with the vital functioning of two major systems – our immunity and digestion – both central to health. That’s why long term use of anti-acids is simply not a healthy solution.
Not enough Acidity in the stomach causes indigestion, and is a sign of dysbiosis and disease.
Eating healthy fresh organic vibrant foods will not only feed you with life enriching micro nutrients that are potent healers, nourishers and energisers, but also these same foods contribute to naturally enhancing the Acid pH in the stomach (lowering it’s pH) and enhancing the Alkaline pH in the rest of the body (elevating its pH).
Consider these interesting facts:
- Healthy foods, like freshly made juices and smoothies, that alkalise the rest of the body, acidify the stomach.
- Unhealthy foods, like processed, chemically altered, foods that acidify the rest of the body, alkalise the stomach.
- We’re aiming for the first option!
Most disease and digestive issues have their SOURCE in dysbiosis (disrupted pH balance), where the body is too acidic (acidosis) and the stomach is bound to be not acidic enough!
“Here are some of the common symptoms and disorders caused by low stomach acid: Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals, heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid), Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation, undigested food in stools, acne, rectal itching, chronic candida, hair loss in women, multiple food allergies, iron deficiency, weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, dry skin, various autoimmune diseases.”
If your heartburn isn’t severe, you may be able to manage it by:
- Eating smaller portions
- Chewing well
- Making Smoothies and juices
- Avoiding certain ‘trigger foods’, like citrus
- Eating ginger, liquorice, anise and peppermint.
Also you may try drinking this Apple Cider Vinegar protocol every morning for balancing your acid-alkaline levels (1):
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
- add to 1 cup warm water. Mix & drink.
- Notes: Buy unpasteurised apple cider vinegar, in glass bottle, with sediment (called ‘mother’). Drink through straw if taken regularly as can be detrimental to teeth enamel.
Apple cider vinegar is pH balancing, it encourages healthy acidity in the stomach and can resolve a lot of uncomfortable symptoms such that result from low stomach acid:
Using foods can be a safe way to find out how to support your body in healing the CAUSE of the problem, not just medicating the symptoms, and walk your own healthy path.
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To your health!
Source: (1) http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/221-why-you-should-use-apple-cider-vinegar-instead-of-antacids-and-baking-soda-for-indigestion.html