Acid and Digestion

January 21, 2011

Acid Alkaline Foods

If you value staying healthy, learning more about acid and alkaline foods is one of the most important things you can do to.

The last time you may recall hearing anything about acid or alkaline was probably in science class.

Basically acids and alkaline are opposites.

There is a simple pH scale used to rate how alkaline or acid something is. Of course we are talking about food so nothing will be too acidic to be very corrosive or too alkaline to be caustic.

The scale starts at the acid end represented by zero and ends at the alkaline end at 14, in the middle ZERO is neutral.

The acid and alkaline foods you eat is the most important factor to living a long and healthy life, other than the obvious things like air, water and sunlight or exercise.

When you are healthy the pH of your blood should be very close to 7.25 or 7.4. This is slightly alkaline or salty. Foods that are ‘alkaline producing’ in your body contain trace minerals, which are nutritional cofactors essential for the cellular absorption of vitamins.

Foods that are ‘acid producing’ must be neutralized so that a healthy alkaline balance is maintained. Alkaline foods neutralize acid foods . . .

If you eat too many acid producing foods like animal protein, saturated fats and refined sugars you may use up all your salty minerals that keep you slightly alkaline.

Once your minerals are depleted from your blood a state of low oxygen may set in called acidosis.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and cancer cells crave an acid environment.

If you fail to eat enough plant-based foods which provide cofactors of minerals, enzymes and vitamins, then your immune system is forced to ‘borrow’ salty minerals from your tissues, teeth and bone.

People with high serum calcium have a problem. Their blood is full of calcium, not from eating alkaline plant-based foods, but because the calcium salt has been extracted from your body’s store rooms of minerals.

Eating acid producing foods can bankrupt your body of minerals necessary to make stomach acid. This is why so many people suffer from acid reflux, not because they make too much stomach acid, but rather, because they make too little.

Acid reflux and other health issues can be a simple alkaline food deficiency . . .

Your gallbladder, liver, kidneys and pancreas all depend on you eating alkaline producing foods to provide mineral cofactors, enzymes and nutrients. Eating acid producing foods like milk, which is 87% casein or animal protein, weakens bone density, reduces nutrient absorption and can lead to degenerative disorders like acid reflux disease, hiatal hernia and dastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD.)

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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January 11, 2011

Acid Indigestion Symptoms

Heartburn and acid indigestion plague millions of people worldwide. But, for someone who is experiencing it for the first time, it can be difficult to identify the symptoms of heartburn. So, what are some of the acid indigestion symptoms, what causes these symptoms, and how can they be prevented?


Symptoms of acid indigestion can be scary if you don’t know what they are. Chest pain is a main symptom; however it is different than that of a heart attack. Heartburn pain is often described as a burning sensation that radiates from the abdomen up into the chest and neck. A heart attack can feel like a weight on your chest, pain, and pain or numbness in your arm. It’s important to know the difference between these two symptoms and react accordingly.

Other symptoms of acid indigestion include reflux, or acid making it all the way up to your mouth, burping, hiccups and an overall feeling of indigestion.


These symptoms are a result of either acid overproduction, or acid being allowed into your esophagus, which can have a number of root triggers. They include daily habits, food and food consumption, and stress, among others.

Daily habits often cause acid indigestion. Something as simple as lying down right after eating isn’t good for digestion, and can easily result in heartburn. This is because when you’re in a horizontal position, acid is allowed to move freely through your stomach and esophagus. So, if you’ve just eaten, there may be acid and even food left in your stomach when you lie down. That means it’ll end up in your esophagus and cause acid indigestion if you don’t stay up for a bit longer. To avoid this, try eating no less than two hours before meals.

Food and how much of it you eat are huge triggers of heartburn and acid indigestion. Things like garlic, onions, caffeine, alcohol and citrus are common triggers, but you may have your own unique things that set you off. Keep track of what you eat so that you can easily point to your own acid indigestion culprits. Additionally, eating too much food at any one time can cause heartburn. This is because the body can’t process the sheer volume of food, and goes into overdrive of acid production. That creates a pressure buildup and causes indigestion and discomfort. In order to avoid this, try eating smaller meals more frequently. That will help your stomach more easily digest what you do give it, and keep indigestion at bay.

Stress is also a big indigestion trigger. It’s known to increase acid production, which can result in heartburn and discomfort. So, do things that will help you to relax. Listen to soothing music, take deep breaths, read a book, exercise, practice some yoga, whatever you need to do to help you calm down. It will help you prevent acid indigestion later in the day if you squash stress at its source.


Preventing acid indigestion is easier than you may think. Simple things like altering your daily habits and food intake as stated above can majorly help improve your quality of life when it comes to heartburn. However, there are plenty of other things you can try to keep heartburn at bay.

  • Papaya tablets can help you to more easily digest your food, and keep acid production down to a healthy level. Papaya contains digestive enzymes that help break down your food and make it more digestible.
  • Eating an apple before or after a meal can also help to keep heartburn at bay.

These are just a few of the natural prevention techniques found in The Reflux Remedy Report. The report contains hundreds of holistic methods for keeping your foods down where they belong.

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December 28, 2010

Foods To Prevent Acid Reflux

To prevent acid reflux you need to avoid certain foods, but also keep in mind when you eat, how much you eat and what foods you mix can also have a huge harmful effect or benefit as well.

  • Never eat until your full. Eat more often, but smaller portions.
  • Always have your last meal at least 3 hours before lying down or sleeping.
  • Never drink while you eat, it dilutes your stomach’s digestive juices. When you learn to drink ‘good’ naturally alkaline water between meals (about an hour before eating) you’ll digest food better and eat less.
  • Try not to eat your carbs before your meats. Your stomach needs to use full strength stomach acid on the meat and fat first.

To prevent acid reflux never eat fruit with your meals, eat fruit in-between.

Some of these foods listed won’t trigger your acid reflux symptoms when eaten alone, like lemon in your water, but will when eaten with other food groups.

Everyone is different, different stress levels, different habits and tastes . . . everything you do needs to be re-evaluated if you really want to prevent or cure your acid reflux issues.

Here are some of the foods you’ll avoid preventing acid reflux:

  • Fruit: Orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and tomato juice (most of these have high levels of high fructose or refined salt that make acid reflux worse.
  • Vegetables: Fried foods and raw onions.
  • Meat: Ground beef, marbled steak, chicken nuggets, chicken wings.
  • Dairy: Sour cream, milk shakes, ice cream, cottage cheese, pasteurized milk.
  • Unsprouted grains: Mac and cheese, pasta with sauce.
  • Drinks: Alcohol, coffee, tea, sweetened soft drinks
  • Fats/oils: Hydrogenated-trans fats, saturated animal fats, canola oil, vegetable oil, corn oil.
  • Sweets: High fat baked goods, brownies, milk chocolate, doughnuts, corn chips, potato chips.

Foods that do not promote an alkaline pH on your body will produce an acidic pH, which is bad for your entire body. To prevent acid reflux try to eat more raw vegetables and eat less meat, try grass fed meats they have less saturated fats.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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November 29, 2010

Signs of Acid Reflux

Signs of acid reflux are the classic burping, acid indigestion, heartburn symptoms. It?s nothing new as some of the antacid manufacturers would have you believe on television commercials.

Acid reflux is as old as over-eating. It?s no secret acid reflux is caused from indulging, and especially from indulging in certain greasy foods, like fried chicken.

Over time occasional indigestion becomes chronic indigestion and that?s when acid reflux starts to rear its head more often.

If you feel tired after you eat, if you eat a lot before bedtime and have trouble sleeping, only to wake up tired and hungry again, you are a candidate for acid reflux. The signs of acid reflux are obviously, fatigue, burping and a feeling of being ?full.?

Actually, I should say a feeling of being very full, you know what I mean, ?Uncomfortably full.?

Many people are surprised to find out manufacturers of antacid products and acid reflux gimmicks have been painting a false image of what acid reflux really is.

More often than not, acid reflux is a result of acid indigestion instigated by a consistent lack of stomach acid.

Yes, that?s correct; a stomach acid deficiency is the most common cause of the signs of acid reflux.

The signs of acid reflux give it away. The reason you feel full, tired and burp a lot, is because there happens to be more undigested food than your digestive system can handle. Naturally this would trigger your stomach to make more digestive acids and digest the extra food. Except for the sad fact that usually because there is undigested food from the previous meals (some more than a day old), the acid producing cells are already bled dry and haven?t any stomach acid left to offer.

This happens because the pancreas is over worked as well as the liver and gall bladder from having to do this time and time again, year after year. That?s why you?re tired and miserable. Acid reflux is a sign that food is slowing down your body instead of giving it energy.

The most obvious sign that acid reflux is from a stomach acid deficiency would be if that stuffy fullness stays feeling full for extended periods of time.

Another sign of acid reflux is a burning sensation that accompanies the burping and acid indigestion. At this point it may not matter what you eat, because nothing is being digested properly.

This is a sign that you need to add enzymes, ocean minerals and probiotics to your diet fast, which are the key building blocks of stomach acid.

Your pancreas usually supplies enzymes to break your food down. The problem is after years of eating cooked and processed foods that no longer have enzymes and important nutrition in them, the pancreas has to make them. This is a catch 22 situation because without enzymes already in your food, your pancreatic cells will lack the minerals and nutrients to manufacture more enzymes.

Therefore acid reflux can be a sign your pancreas and other parts are over taxed and have nothing left to offer you. Once this happens acid reflux is an inevitable sign as the stomach sporadically creates random bursts of bile salts and stomach acid in a desperate attempt to dissolve all the food literally rotting in your gut.

One more sign of acid reflux is bad breath from all the rancid food rotting away inside your intestines. This sign is a sign you may have many signs of acid reflux and ?. . . they are all bad signs, signs you?ve ignored the root cause of acid reflux for far too long.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Advocate

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