DGL - 100 Chewables by Enzymatic Therapy $12.56
Probiotic All-Flora - 60 Capsules by New Chapter $18.16
Slippery Elm Bark - Powder (Ulmus rubra) - 4oz Loose Herbs by Smallflower $12.00
Iberogast Liquid (100 ml) - 100ml Liquid by Steigerwald $33.50
HCL & Pepsin - 100 Tablets by Carlson $13.52
Probiotic All-Flora - 120 Vegetarian Capsules by New Chapter $29.35
Acid Reflux? You probably need MORE acid! Seriously.
The majority of people who suffer from acid reflux, GERD, and/or heartburn actually have TOO LITTLE ACID in the stomach. If we don't have enough acid in the stomach for the initial stage of digestion, gas will build up in the stomach. Our bodies then produce the acid necessary to break down the food, but because this onset of hydrochloric acid arrives late to the party, the gas pushes this essential acid up into the esophagus, where it was never intended to travel. We can address the root of the problem if we supplement our diet with additional hydrochloric acid!
Watch our video on the REAL CAUSE OF ACID REFLUX
Antacids-- making the problem worse?
Antacids are a "band-aid" solution that only address the symptoms and not the root cause of the issue. If the cause of your acid reflux is too little acid, which is true for most people, consider the fact that you need acid to digest food. When we use antacids, we deplete our bodies' natural source of acid, causing poor digestion and deficient nutrient absorption. Without sufficient acid levels, we don't make enough of an enzyme called pepsin, which we need to break down protein. If these proteins are not fully broken down, these pieces of food may find their way into the bloodstream, causing food allergies, eczema, and a wide range of autoimmune diseases. Antacids might provide quick relief in the short term, but with continued use we develop a tolerance and a dependency on them. The stomach needs acid! If we suppress it, the body will create more. This is why many people note that their antacids give them ease for a short while, but the symptoms soon return.
"I Need Quick Relief!"
If you're suffering from heartburn or reflux and need a natural solution that doesn't suppress the acid required to digest food, look no further. DGL, or Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, is a chewable tablet and can provide instant relief. Slippery Elm bark powder can be mixed with water and swallowed to ease the burn. Both of these supplements also help to rebuild compromised lining of the esophagus and stomach. Iberogast is a liquid blend of 9 herbs designed to improve digestion, aid in liver function, and shown to be effective in protecting against inflammatory lesions in the esophagus. It is a trusted remedy in Germany for fifty years!
It is important to note that we all have varied sensitivity to different food triggers and if you are experiencing a painful reaction, your body is telling you to avoid or at least cut back on that food. If you can make even small positive changes to your diet/lifestyle and utilize some simple natural supplements for reinforcement, you'll be surprised at how quickly you start to see and feel a difference! Your health is in your hands.
"I want to stop taking my antacid. But how??"
If you've done your research, and you feel you might be one of the sufferers of acid reflux that has too little acid in the stomach, you probably are. If your choice is to move towards a more natural, holistic approach it is important that you DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR ANTACID SUDDENLY OR ALL AT ONCE. Stopping "cold turkey" can result in a rebound effect that can be worse than the original symptoms. Antacids must be removed from one's routine gradually. Ideally, you want to obtain a lower dose and then decrease the dose slowly over time. In the meantime, you can supplement with probiotics to promote healthy flora in the gut and boost a compromised immune system.
Other Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux or GERD, but others may include: wheezing, asthma, losing one's voice, and bad breath. Try some natural alternatives to increase your stomach's hydrochloric acid levels and boost the healthy bacteria in the gut to start feeling better today!