Your stomach was made to be an acid chamber, so it could digest protein. It was designed to keep its pH 3.0 or less.
When your stomach's pH moves above 3.0, it automatically produces more acid to bring the pH down below 3.0.
Your stomach is happy and working like it should when its pH is 3.0 or less because it can do the job it was intended to:
* break protein into its individual amino acids
* prepare vitamins and minerals to be absorbed in the intestines
* destroy incoming bacteria and pathogens
* reduce chances of coming down with stomach cancer
* keep stomach content acidic so when it goes into the duodenum, it triggers pancreas digestive juices.
* reduces the chances of having allergies, skin disease, asthma, depression, lupus, grave's disease, osteoporosis, accelerated aging, and other conditions.
What is heartburn or acid reflux?
Acid reflux or heartburn is a condition where your stomach acid has gone to areas where it does not belong. Specifically it has moved into your esophagus, which is the long tube that comes from your throat to your stomach. There, this acid will burn and destroy tissue lining.
If you have heartburn or acid reflux, you will feel a burning or painful sensation coming up your chest. Stomach acid has push back up into your esophagus through a valve that is between your esophagus and upper stomach.
Acid reflux is the movement of your stomach acidic contents moving into your esophagus. Heartburn is the result of the stomach content in your esophagus - the pain or burning sensation you feel in your chest.
What is the cause of heartburn or acid reflux?
Heartburn is caused by the esophagus valve opening and allowing acid to "reflux" or move up into your esophagus where it burns your sensitive tissue. Heartburn is not caused by excess stomach acid, as is promoted by the medical community. The major cause is a faulty esophagus valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter, LES, which allows acid back into an area where it does not belong.
What is the recommend medical treatment?
Doctors prescribe what the pharmaceutical company's create and push. A few of these drugs are:
What do these drugs do?
They either neutralize or block the formation of stomach acid causing its pH to go above 3.0. As the acid pH moves up to 4 and higher, it is becoming more alkaline. Under these conditions it will not burn your sensitive esophageal tissue and the result is you do not feel the burning sensation. This leads you to believe that you are cured, but you have to continue to use the drug to be cured.
What are the side effects of this medical treatment?
The side effects of using these drugs are that it keeps your stomach at a pH higher than 3.0 and your stomach is not allowed to stabilize its pH to 3.0 or less.
You now have a stomach that exists with its chemical make up "out of spec." Do you accept or produce products that are "out of spec" and expect these products to work as they were intended? I think not.
What are the natural remedies to use for heartburn or acid reflux?
The natural remedy and lifestyle for eliminating heartburn or acid reflux is to:
* stop doing and eating the things that promote acid reflux
* start doing the things that help eliminate acid reflux
* start taking natural remedies that will help to strengthen or normalize your lower esophageal sphincter, LES.
In another article, I will discuss the above three items and give you some ideas on what you can do to relieve or cure your heartburn and stop acid reflux.
One of the secrets in controlling and eliminating heartburn and acid reflux is to take HCl acid pills. Heartburn often occurs not because of excess acid in the stomach but because of not enough acid in the stomach. This will be explained in the next issue. But taking HCl pills should be done under the direction of your doctor.
Your stomach is your first line of good health. Keeping your stomach working right will assure you that you will get the right nutrition into your blood to prevent the many diseases that occur when you are under nourished.