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Acid reflux

Many people experience acid reflux or heartburn throughout their lives and do not understand why they feel the burning sensation reaching down their chest and down their throat. Regular care attributes these stomach complaints to stomach acid that ends up in the esophagus. However, this theory of cause is unfounded and limited in its understanding, as I will explain in this article. The digestive system is such a mystery that when doctors treat patients for illness, their practices are usually based solely on theory.

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is not caused by gastric or hydrochloric acid from the stomach, but the acid comes either from a bacteria or from toxins in the liver and even from the small intestinal tract, although the most common cause is bacterial. Medical science has no idea that this is the real cause of this unpleasant condition. There are cases of heartburn where there is a real kink in the intestines or it is a hernia. However, if the cause is not visible, it is directly related to a weakened liver and bacterial growth. This bacteria produces an acid that mimics stomach acid and fools the doctor into thinking it is due to the balance of your own stomach acid.

If bacteria and toxin-based acid come up and cause acid reflux or heartburn, it means there is a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is the good kind of acid that destroys bacteria, which in turn prevents acid reflux. In other words, if you have the bad acids, it means you don't have enough of the good acids.

Heartburn is also linked to a weakened liver. Typically weak digestion is due to an overworked liver not being able to produce strong enough bile, which then forces the stomach to produce too much hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is extremely taxing on both organs and can then result in heartburn. If you or someone you love has heartburn, it's very important to understand how the liver really works and how you can support it. Bacteria build up, sometimes in the duodenum or sometimes on the bottom of the stomach, and there isn't enough stomach acid to fight it.

Three things you need to tackle to cure heartburn

Curing heartburn isn't about taking a magic pill. As with the other conditions I treat, it really takes a lifestyle change to get to the root of the problem. There are three goals in curing heartburn: building up hydrochloric acid, tackling the unproductive bacteria like strep or e. Coli, and strengthening the liver. As I will discuss below, all three of these points can be achieved with some dietary changes. There are also some really helpful supplements that are powerful bacteria fighters. However, the main shift will come with diet.

Food to avoid

The top three foods to avoid when curing heartburn are gluten, dairy, and eggs, and lowering or eliminating animal proteins while you're recovering also makes a lot of sense. Gluten, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, cream, yogurt, milk kefir) and eggs are the favorite food source for bacteria and it will be very challenging to cure heartburn if you still eat them. If you believe that yogurt or milk kefir heals the digestive tract due to their probiotic nature, it is important to understand that the rest of which yogurt and milk kefir are made still feed all the useless types of bacteria. Pathogens feed themselves by eating, and removing gluten, dairy, and eggs from your own diet will rid the food of the bacteria and prevent it from leaving behind an acid. Even if you get the highest quality organic food, such as from a backyard chicken's free-range egg, that egg will still feed the bacteria you're trying to fight off. It's a shame that so many people and well-meaning practitioners still consider eggs to be nature's perfect food. They actually feed the pathogen (including viruses, parasites and fungi) and it is important to eliminate them.

It is helpful to reduce or remove animal protein during curing due to its inherently high fat content. All animal meat is high in fat, even if it has no skin and is not fried. This may be surprising, as you may have been told for so long that eating skinless chicken breasts or "lean" cuts of meat will help you lose weight as it's mostly made up of protein. However, that's just not true. Fat is all over the chicken breast and other "lean" meats, even if you make it in the cleanest way possible. By lowering the fat content by reducing the animal protein, you give the liver the break it deserves. Going through a high-fat, high-protein diet all day long is incredibly tiring for the liver and forces the stomach to produce too much hydrochloric acid to compensate. This is not a biased attack on eating animal protein. For example, if you are vegetarian or plant-based and suffer from acid indigestion, be sure to lower your fat intake by cutting down on nuts, oils, and other high-fat foods. Reducing fat, no matter what diet, is an essential step in healing.

What to eat

When curing heartburn, focus on eating plenty of healthy carbohydrates from fruits, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. You may have been told to avoid these foods by specialists, relatives or friends, but fruits and potatoes are great disease fighters. Fruit is especially powerful at knocking down bacteria. If you're worried that fruit has too much sugar or if you're afraid to eat it because you've been told it's not good for you, I can't stress enough how false this myth is. Fruit sugar is not the same as processed sugars. Understanding this is critical to your health and the health of your loved ones. I know it can be hard to let go of what you may have been told before, but fruit has more to offer you and your health than you could ever imagine.

It is also useful to consume a lot of salads with cucumbers and tomatoes. Tomatoes have their own special kind of vitamin C that can save a person's immune system and give extra support in fighting pathogens. Add spinach, lamb's lettuce, butter lettuce or another leafy vegetable of your choice. Sprouts are a particularly great addition. Throw in some raw onion and raw garlic in your salads for a powerful bactericidal effect, and include as much fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage as possible in your diet for their incredible help in curing bacterial problems. If you like avocado, you can add some slices of that too. However, make sure that you do not eat fatty foods such as avocado or nuts before 12 hours!

The most wonderful food to include in fighting acid reflux is celery juice. Drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach (don't add anything else for best results) repairs the glands in the stomach that produce stomach acid. The mineral salts in celery juice that contribute to this process ensure that the hydrochloric acid is produced. Even drinking 150ml to 250ml of celery juice every morning can work wonders in curing acid indigestion and heartburn. If you suffer from severe heartburn, it is better to drink 500ml of pure celery juice per day in the morning and 500ml an hour after lunch or 30 minutes before dinner.

Antibacterial Agents

Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables will naturally support you in your fight against the bacteria that cause acid reflux. In reality, fruit is the most amazing antibacterial and liver healing food available to us. However, there are additional things we can do to combat the pathogen, such as using supplements, but I think it's important not to experiment with these yourself. I see too many people who say they've tried everything and then say that nothing works. This costs too much money and causes a lot of frustration and disappointment. Often it is the combination of supplements with the right nutrition that does it. But the combination and dosage of the supplements really differ per person, this is partly due to the fact that other complaints are often present as well. Size advice is important and there are many supplement companies that do not offer their consumers the high-quality products that they promise. Start by adding some herbal teas like fresh thyme, peppermint, elderflower, lemon balm to your daily regimen. These herbal teas are powerful antibacterial agents and should not be underestimated.

Moving forward

Now that you know the truth about what's behind acid reflux and heartburn, you can take the necessary steps to reduce and cure these conditions. If you can do one thing today to improve your health, celebrate that success and look forward to tomorrow when you can take another step towards healing. Concentrate on lowering fat intake and drink celery juice every morning if you can. Enjoy plenty of vibrant, medicinal fruits and delicious salads. I have helped so many people heal from acid reflux and heartburn over the years through these simple lifestyle changes, and you too can experience healing and relief from this condition.

Regards Aschwin

Orthomolecular therapist

Lyme recovery therapist

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