Acid reflux, a burning question?
What exactly is acid reflux? It's when there's a back flow of stomach contents upward into the esophagus.
Think about some of the things you've eaten today or perhaps the things you're about to eat. All of these foods (and pretty much any other food that you can think of) contain seven basic components; Carbohydrates, simple/complex, proteins, fats, vitamins, fiber and water.
The body's goal is to digest food and use it to keep you alive. It's the process where simple foods are broken into simpler substances, which the body then uses for energy and tissue building.
So what happens when the foods you eat cause you discomfort?
Well, a couple of things can happen, you can get heartburn, feel bloated, sore throat, indigestion or even worse you have to deal with the f word...flatulence!
The lining of the stomach protects it from the effects of it's own acids but because the esophagus lacks a similar protective lining, stomach acid that refluxes into it causes pain, inflammation and eventually damage. Heartburn can occur during or after meals or even worse when your lying down. In previous years it's even awakened me.
In an article published in the Toronto Star, "Study links cancer to heartburn".
The article states that sufferers can be 8 times more likely to develop cancer of the esophagus. "Physicians and patients need to be more aware of this" warns Dr. Norman Marcon, a prominent Toronto gastroenterologist.
Reflux is extremely common, with an estimated one in four adults experiencing heartburn at least once a month. Having the occasional bout of heartburn carries little threat of cancer. But doctors in Stockholm found the risk was about eight times higher in people who experienced heartburn once a week. If reflux occurred at night the risk was 11 times higher.
These finding are published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
"Cancer of the esophagus remains relatively rare", says Dr. Marcon, "and the over-all risk of developing the disease remains low. But the disease is frighteningly deadly."
Too much stomach acid
Many people believe that acid reflux or heartburn symptomsresults from excess stomach acid, an assumption that is understandable given the "burning sensation" which accompanies stomach distress. As we age our stomach acid depletes and so we don't digest as well. Therefore, acid insufficiency, is a much more common cause of indigestion. Without ample acid, food cannot be fully digested, absorbed or utilized.
The problem doesn't end there, nutritional deficiencies can result if not enough stomach acid is present to promote the absorption of key nutrients, such as calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B12.
Antacids to the rescue...think again!
Chronic use of antacids makes an already under-active stomach even weaker and only address the symptoms of indigestion.
Proteins and minerals become increasingly difficult to break down and absorb. Bodily tissues can be starving for these vital substances even though one may by consuming them.
The promoters of antacids don't tell you that their products may actually contribute to degenerative diseases.
I suffered with acid reflux and indigestion for years. Even as a young child I can remember the burning sensation in the back of my throat. I would even avoid eating certain foods which I knew would make me suffer. I had dark circles around my eyes and looked lethargic all the time.
After doing some research I realized that it made more sense to strengthen that weakness than it did to stifle its symptoms.
So I found a digestive aid which was formulated to address the causes of improper digestion. It supports the body's natural digestive processes with hydrochloric acid and enzymes that break down milk and sugar. It releases hydrochloric acid in the stomach at a controlled rate similar to natural gastric secretion.
The results has been the keys to my success, a more effective digestion through a supplement that is safe and well absorbed.
16 years later, I'm still taking these supplements and have never felt better. No more acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, burping, bloating or dark circles.
My years of taking every antacid pill and liquid are long gone and heartburn relief is here to stay!
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