If you go to your doctor with acid reflux or heartburn, they’ll probably tell you that it’s because you’re making too much stomach acid. It seems to make sense at first, right? I mean, it explains all of the heartburn you’ve been having lately. So, when your doctor tells you that you have too much acid in your stomach and prescribes you with some sort of antacid, you think nothing of it.
However, anti-acids and proton-pump inhibitors are NOT going to fix the root cause of your acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, arthritis and so on. Why? Well, here’s a truth bomb for you – it is IMPOSSIBLE to have too much acid in your stomach.
Yes, it’s true and it’s true because your body won’t let it happen. Your body is smart, and it will register when you have the right amount of acid without allowing it to go above the point of having too much. Your hydrochloric acid reaches the stomach from your blood. Hydrogen ions and chloride ions come into the stomach when the hypothalamus tells it to. This process takes around 45 minutes and it’s during this time that your proteins are digested, and minerals are absorbed. For all of this to happen, we need an acidic stomach.
The reason why you have heartburn and acid reflux is that you don’t have enough stomach acid. Mainstream medicine will say the opposite and then they’ll give you drugs to help reduce stomach acid, which makes the problem even worse. As I’ve said many times, the medical model is broken and when it comes to treating stomach acid-related health issues, it’s really broken.
Here are some issues with how the existing medical model approaches their perception of ‘too much stomach acid” and what you can do to treat the ACTUAL root cause of the problem.
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The Problem with Antacids & Protein-Pump Inhibitors
If you have heartburn or anything that tells the medical industry that you’ve got too much acid in your stomach, they will prescribe you with an antacid and send you on your way. The antacids and proton-pump inhibitors are designed to reduce stomach acid. Some common examples of this type of drug include Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix. These medications are known to increase your chance of having a stroke. Plus, antacids decrease your body’s ability to digest protein and mineral absorption which impacts things like sodium, potassium, and calcium.
When you take an antacid, it moved your stomach PH to be more alkaline, which is something that you definitely do not want and here’s why…
In the presence of food, you WANT an acidic stomach. You NEED acidity to digest foods like proteins and absorb minerals. The PH of your stomach should be around 2.0 when you’re digesting food properly. This is what I call the ‘sweet spot’ for an acidic stomach. However, by taking antacids, you move your stomach’s PH away from the sweet spot towards a more alkaline PH. When this happens, your body cannot digest protein or absorb minerals properly.
If you have too little stomach acid and you take an antacid, you disrupt your digestive protocol. You may experience symptoms beyond heartburn and acid reflux such as constipation, osteoporosis, gallstones, bad breath, panic anxiety, chronic bloat/gas, and a B12 deficiency.
The Truth About Stomach Acid
Most people have low stomach acid. Instead of working to figure out what’s really going on, the majority of medical professionals will medicate, medicate, medicate. However, what they should be doing is asking why this person (or patient) has low stomach acid.
Food is the real medicine. By food, I’m talking about fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. That’s what real food is and it’s what the body wants and needs. Food will help you to recover your stomach acid back to homeostasis.
When your stomach acid is at the right PH, it can digest protein properly. This is crucial because protein is responsible for making chemicals in your body such as insulin, thyroxine, hemoglobin, epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. Protein is your number one healing nutrient.
Some other issues with having low stomach acid include reduced bile flow. Your liver creates and releases bile to help with digestion. It also contributes to the color and form of your stool. Reduced bile flow sends extra cholesterol into the blood, which means you’ll have high cholesterol as a result, and you’ll be given even more medication from your doctor.
The culprit of many digestive ailments from heartburn to constipation, diarrhea, achy joints and so on, is low stomach acid. So, what can you do about it? Is there a way to move your stomach acid back to that healthy 2.0 PH we talked about above? Yes, thankfully there is!
What to do if you have low stomach acid
If you have low stomach acid, you need to do a few things differently. First, you’ve got to cut the five belly buster foods out of your diet. These ‘belly busters’ are pork, peanuts, corn, soy, and wheat.
Next, you need to take a digestive enzyme such as Smart Carb. Smart Carb aids in digestion and helps to move nutrients past an energy-deprived digestive system. It contains black pepper, turmeric, and cinnamon which helps health and reduces inflammation. It also supports the function of the pancreas, liver, and intestines. Smart Carb has all of the enzymes you need to digest your carbs, fats, proteins, fibers and so on.
You take two capsules at the start of your meal, which means that you are essentially pre-digesting your food up to 80% after one hour. This is important because it means that your body has more available energy to heal.
The next time you have heartburn or other symptoms relating to stomach acid, remember that it’s because your stomach acid is low, not high!
If you’d like to work with me and get help when it comes to repairing your stomach acid, you can schedule your call with me here: https://drchristineteaches.com/one or get in touch by calling 586-685-2222.