Natural Heartburn Treatment
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, causes great discomfort and a burning sensation that can often travel right up into your throat. The pain can be so extreme that many mistake it for a heart attack. As soon as people start to feel the sensations, they often turn to antacids, H2 blockers, and even PPIs.
The problem with heartburn is that most people misunderstand what it is. It is not related to having too much stomach acid and is instead caused by, in 95% of the cases, too little stomach acid.
Getting to the root of the problem is the way to treat this, not just treat the symptoms. Treating the symptoms is by taking either prescription or over-the-counter medications that in the end, simply reduce stomach acid even further. The key is to increase stomach acid, or HCl, as it is also known.
Treat low stomach acid properly with lifestyle changes
*Start off by saying no to processed table salt that most consumers in North America have in their homes. Instead, turn to unprocessed salts, such as Himalayan salt. Real salt like this also contains tens of trace minerals that the body requires, so it performs optimally.
*Take a few teaspoons of cabbage juice prior to eating a meal to improve digestion, increase valuable bacteria, while balancing and nourishing the gut.
*Betaine hydrochloric supplements are readily available in health food stores. These are taken at meal time, and help people digest their food easier, thereby normalizing symptoms. To find the right dosage, it’s important to take as many as necessary so that a slight burning sensation is felt. At this point, it should be decreased by one capsule.
*Do not consume any sugars or processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
*Take a high-quality probiotic supplement, yogurt, and eat fermented vegetables. All this will help to restore the beneficial gut bacteria, and improve digestion.
*Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, can increase stomach acid naturally. Opt for a raw and unfiltered version, adding one tablespoon to a large glass of water. Be careful to sip it with a strong, to protect tooth enamel.
*Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, about half a teaspoon, will use the burn of acid reflux. It also helps to neutralize stomach acid, although it is not to be a regular solution. It can also be mixed with the apple cider vinegar.
*Ginger has been extensively studied in labs and has been found to suppress H. pylori. In addition to that, it has been found to be superior to PPIs like Prevacid with regards to preventing the formation of ulcers, by up to eight times more potent than the actual drug. Prepare a tea by using two or three slices of fresh ginger root that’s placed in 2 cups of hot water and allowed to steep for half an hour. Drink the tea about 20 minutes prior to eating.
*Vitamin D can be increased through sensible sun exposure or as an oral supplement. Taking vitamin D will optimize the production of 200 antimicrobial peptides that will help eradicate infections in the body.
*Folic acid, or vitamin B nine, as well as other B vitamins can reduce the risk of acid reflux by up to 40%. Those with low vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 levels were at an increased risk of developing acid reflux. Supplements can be taken, but the best way is to enjoy foods rich in folate, like asparagus, spinach, and other vegetables and legumes.
It may take a few weeks, but you will soon start seeing the benefits of this natural low stomach acid treatment that carries no unwanted side effects.