February 4, 2011

Stress and Digestive Problems

Stress can cause a whole host of health problems. Stress and digestive problems often go hand in hand, and it goes back to the body?s natural fight or flight response. When in an emergency situation, digestion becomes low on the body?s priority list ? which is why things like diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and other problems arise in stressful situations.

Think about what happens to your body in the days and hours leading up to that big presentation you have to give. Did you spend a few extra minutes in the bathroom? Did you pop a few extra Tums to help settle your stomach? Are you feeling the burn hours after the presentation is over?

The problem with chronic stress is that it causes these disruptions on a regular basis, which isn?t healthy. It can wear your stomach lining down, increase acid production and damage your esophagus. That?s why you need to take steps to help your body?s digestion process, and de-stress your life.

First, to help digestion, less is more. By eating less more often you?ll help your body properly handle the amount of food you?ve given it, rather than stressing it out by throwing more than your stomach can handle in the ring. You?ll still get the same amount of food by eating three small meals and two snacks as you would if you ate two giant meals, it?ll just be spread over a longer period ? which gives your stomach time to process what?s there.

Second, take steps to lower stress levels in your life. Although some stress has been shown to be good and keep productivity levels high, too much stress can be extremely detrimental to your health. So, reprioritize. You may be concerned about money, relationships, the holidays, work, deadlines, that home renovation that never seems to be done, a death in the family, your kids or any number of problems. But, worrying about them won?t make them better. So, focus on what will make your situation better. If you need help learning some techniques, see someone ? i.e. a therapist or counselor. Although you may feel like this adds to your financial stresses and takes time away from your family, it can help you deal with what?s going on, and learn techniques for dealing with future stressors.

You also may benefit from getting a massage. Treating yourself to something like this can help you reduce your stress levels and promote healing in your body if chronic stress has done any damage to your digestive system. Like seeing a therapist, you may view it as a time and financial suck, but it can pay dividends in the long run.

Additionally, you may want to look into adding exercise to your daily regimen. People who exercise regularly are much healthier and are proven to be less prone to stress related illnesses like heartburn and ulcers. So, go for a walk, take up running or tennis, do whatever you can to keep exercise fun and engaging and keep stress at bay.

Stress and digestive problems often go hand in hand. For more information on dealing with stress and helping your body?s digestive disorders heal naturally, visit www.refluxremedy.com today.

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February 3, 2011

Acid Forming Foods

Foods that form acid are foods that are generally not really good for your health at all.

When you make a lifestyle habit of eating acid forming foods eventually you?re going to have symptoms of acidosis and there are quite a few of them too.

Alkaline forming foods are the foods that are generally good for you, mainly because your entire life process depends on you being slightly alkaline, or salty.

Acid forming foods demand that your body take on the task of neutralizing those acids and the only way it can do that is to activate an immune response, triggering inflammation and releasing calcium and magnesium from your bone and teeth.

Eating acid forming foods all the time can really tax your mineral and nutrients stores.

Once these acid forming foods have depleted most of your minerals, it will become almost impossible for your 60,000,000,000 cells to communicate electrically, plus this also inhibits your cells abilities to absorb vitamins.

Having a state of acid imbalance, or acidosis also decreases oxygen and invites anaerobic organisms (breathe carbon dioxide) to thrive.

Bacteria that cause ulcers as well as viruses and fungi can only survive and grow in an acid body.

You may think if you have too much acid in your body that taking antacids would help . . . actually they make it worse. Antacids, especially Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are notorious for causing bones and teeth to thin, weaken and break.

You simply can?t fool Mama Nature . . . you always end up paying a hefty cost later on, one way or another.

Acid forming foods are things like high fructose corn syrup, white flour, hydrogenated (Trans fat) oils, animal protein, especially cow?s milk and other dairy products. In fact cow?s milk is 87% casein, a type of animal protein they make glue out of.

The animal protein is one of the worst culprits of acid forming types of food, that and sugar.

It is well documented that acid forming foods increase the risks of degenerative and inflammatory diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

Alkaline forming foods are rich in ?ionic? minerals, which act as electrolytes conducting cellular signals, increasing oxygen and attracting vitamins into your cells.

Acid forming foods draw you nearer to death, whereas alkalizing foods help heal.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Advocate

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February 1, 2011

Nighttime Heartburn

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 60 million American adults lack quality sleep patterns. This means 60,000,000 people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up refreshed.

The main culprits are alcohol, caffeine, nicotine or eating too much before bedtime . . . which, among other factors triggers nighttime heartburn.

Researchers in Oklahoma City studied 81 people who complained of sleep problems and found that 30% of them suffered from nighttime heartburn and didn’t even know it.

In Brazilian study, researchers studied nearly 100 adults who had sleep issues and found people with sleep problems were almost ?twice as likely? to suffer chronic nighttime heartburn (a.k.a. acid reflux, acid indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease) compared to others without sleeping pattern issues.

Leading health experts agree that eating smaller meals more often is better than eating 1, 2 or 3 large meals a day. Nighttime heartburn is associated with eating large meals, especially before lying down.

If you have to eat late, make sure you?re up doing something for at least 3 hours before bed. If you eat something like a snack, make sure it?s at least an hour and a half before you crash out on the couch, floor or bed.

Nighttime heartburn can be activated by sitting down and eating as well. The proverbial coach potato who eats and watches TV will most likely qualify as one of the 60 million Americans who have sleep disorders and odds are they have nighttime heart burn.

Here?s what to do if you want nighttime heartburn:

  • Eat a big meal shortly before bed
  • Drinking anything but water right before bed
  • Don?t raise your head while sleeping
  • Eat acid forming foods
  • Get a milk or beer belly
  • Smoke tobacco
  • Consume less than 90% vegetables and fruits
  • Mix your carbs and protein together
  • Take antacids that cause acid rebound

Living without nighttime heartburn is a natural step you can take that also carries many other benefits such as living longer, being slimmer and having more vitality and overall health.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Advocate

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January 31, 2011

Acid Bad Breath Reflux

Today you did a personal search for acid bad breath reflux because obviously your acid reflux or that of another has created a nasty green fog that?s ruining your relationships.

Nothing says health better than fresh breath.

We all have bad breath from time to time, but when acid reflux flares up you?re going to probably smell as bad as it tastes in your mouth, maybe worse.

Nothing says poor health better than acid reflux.

Perhaps due to hundreds of millions of dollars spent on direct-to-consumer advertising for acid reflux products most people think of heartburn, acid reflux and acid indigestion as being as natural as burping.

IF you have acid reflux once and it goes away, you wouldn?t likely have an issue with bad breath. However, IF you have chronic or recurring acid reflux, you?ve got a bad breath problem to boot.

Everyone knows that covering up the symptoms of acid reflux isn?t a cure for it, right?

Wrong, I?m afraid that?s not the case at all.

Most people think its okay to pop an antacid to cover up chronic acid reflux, or even for an occasional heartburn attack from over eating, but it?s not.

Plus the fact that the antacids are tasty little flavored candies helps the illusion along that you don?t have a bad breath problem.

Don?t you know here is a thing called aluminum poisoning, also known as Alzheimer?s disease?

Antacids don?t cure acid reflux, bad breath or memory problems, but they do help cause them.

One big issue with the ?practice? of consuming antacids is they have the bad effect of depleting bone and tooth calcium. Clearly blocking stomach acid production affects other functions inside the body that drug researchers have no explanation for. Ya think?

Having the calcium in your teeth disappearing isn?t going to help your bad breath situation and can only make your acid reflux come back with a vengeance . . .the side effect is called ?acid rebound.?

Listen . . . ?acid reflux is a health problem that needs to be addressed at the root cause level, not at the symptom level.

The only solution for your combination of bad breath and acid reflux is to cure them simultaneously and the way you can do it is to first re-evaluate your ?whole life.?

It?s also called Holistic thinking . . .

It?s your life and you know your acid reflux and bad breath didn?t suddenly appear. For every cause there is an effect . . .your acid reflux and bad breath are the effect of over eating, eating bad foods and thinking you could get away with it.

The fact is in the end each of us is ultimately responsible for our own health, NOT the drug companies or the food companies.

Your acid reflux and bad breath can be cured and it will be once you let go of the misconception that treating the effects are the same as removing the cause.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Advocate

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