November 8, 2010

Natural Heartburn Cures

Just about everyone has experienced heartburn at some time or another during their life and many have sought out natural heartburn cures. Heartburn is a common name for acid reflux. People usually feel a burning pain in their chest that spreads upward to their neck. They may also experience bloating, belching and nausea. Heartburn can be an occasional incident after a heavy meal or extremely spicy one, or a frequent occurrence that is disruptive to daily life.

When you swallow food, it passes through your esophagus and into your stomach.? The stomach contains acids which digest the food. There is a muscle between your stomach and esophagus that opens to allow the food into the stomach and closes after the food has passed through. If this muscle doesn’t operate properly, the food and stomach acid can back up into your esophagus causing pain and discomfort in the form of acid reflux or heartburn.

There are as many remedies for heartburn as there are sufferers. Unfortunately, there is no one cure that works for every one. People need to learn their bodies and figure out what triggers their attacks. Sometimes it is a particular food. Caffiene is a common culprit.? Onions and citrus are others.? So if a person can determine their personal food trigger, they can easily solve their problem by avoiding that food.

However, when a change in diet isn?t an option, people sometimes reach forhome remedies. Drinking a bit of apple cider vinegar and water prior to a meal can help prevent the onset of heartburn. ?Also, eating a smaller meal can help prevent too much acid and pressure from building in the stomach.? Refraining from eating less than two hours before bed can also help keep stomach acids out of the esophagus and in the stomach where they belong.

If heartburn is already in full force, there are a number of natural things you can try.? Eating an apple has been found to be surprisingly successful in relieving heartburn pain.? Also, all forms of ginger, including candied and teas help to settle an upset stomach.? Papaya contains an enzyme that helps the body?s digestion process, which prevents uncomfortable pressure from building in the stomach.? Something as simple as drinking a glass of water can also eliminate heartburn pain, as it flushes unwanted acids through the digestive system.? Also, sitting up, or if heartburn is happening at night, sleeping on an extra pillow helps keep the head aligned properly with the stomach, making sure acids stay down.

Natural remedies are often preferable to over the counter medications or prescription drugs because of their low cost and convince.? Most people don?t need to run to the drug store to get a glass of water, and things like apples and ginger are significantly less expensive than a daily prescription routine.

For more natural heartburn cures, visit and read The Reflux Remedy Report.? The natural cure that will work for you could be there, so don?t wait!

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October 26, 2010

GERD Exercises

I’ve been successfully helping people with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) for going on 4 years now and the natural remedies I suggest have been helping everyone I know of who has tried them.

Lately I’ve noticed there are a lot of people who are interested in any kind of exercise to help rejuvenate and strengthen their Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which is the flap in your throat that’s supposed to keep stomach acid down below.

Unfortunately once acid reflux becomes chronic GERD, that esophageal sphincter has been quite damaged by all the gastric acid pushed up against it and through it.

In spite of the fact that natural remedies and lifestyle changes do help people and do promote their own healing processes, once this flap has been burned by GERD, it needs special nurturing.

So I started studying how people who have been on feeding tubes are rehabilitated, I thought this might give us some clues. Fact is feeding tubes are very helpful for people who have difficulty swallowing, but sometimes after a long treatment they have to relearn how to switch back to eating orally, like normal.

It was here I found some exercises that may help people recovering from Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

There is a study that proved swallowing pudding helped patients who had difficulty with the upper esophageal sphincter (UES), which is the flap that keeps air from getting into the stomach. Something about the simple act of swallowing seems to have natural strengthening benefits.

The difference with the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is its designed to keep the gastric acid away from the throat. It only makes sense to consider any advancement in this area because there isn’t a whole ton of info on the subject.

Additional exercises for GERD would be to walk after eating, chew food for extremely long periods of time and learn to breathe deeply while in any position.

Another suggestion would be to swallow tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel. You can’t really exercise the lower esophageal sphincter, but strengthening the upper flap is a start and the aloe vera will accelerate the healing of chemical burns that have inflicted the lower flap.

That’s what GERD does, it attacks that lower flap and because it can’t be exercised per se, like the upper flap, it can be nurtured in several other ways.

So keeping the digestive system at an optimum level will be the best exercise you can do to help rehabilitate this lower flap.

Keep eating less than what fills you up, supplement with living enzymes and probiotics and I suggest juicing celery, cucumbers and apples will also help. The trick with apples when you juice them is to peel the skin and eat that first. The apple skin contains natural enzymes that digest the malic acid and sugars in the apple. If you just juice the apple, most juicers will discard the skin, which is unfortunate if you don’t know to eat it first.

You can also get expensive cold-pressing juicers that don’t separate the fibers necessary for proper health and digestion.

So exercises for GERD would be stretching, deep breathing and walking. A good therapy is to swallow healthy food sources with a dense or gelatinous quality, such as clear gelatin, pudding and aloe vera gel.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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October 14, 2010

Heartburn Natural Treatment

There are many people who suffer from heartburn – a painful, burning sensation that radiates from the upper chest and can make it all the way to the throat. While there are several medicinal options to treat the problem there are also a number of simple and natural ways to eliminate heartburn.

  1. A glass of water helps dilute the contents of the stomach and push them through. This eliminates the opportunity for pressure to build and extra acid to be produced.
  2. Ginger has long since been a treatment for stomach problems. Heartburn is no exception. It can be found in pills, candied or tea. All three forms help to prevent and alleviate heartburn.
  3. Slippery Elm, once a popular remedy for sore throats, is now being shown to help heartburn sufferers. Though it’s not been proven to be scientifically beneficial, and has not been tested in pregnant women, it may help coat the esophagus.
  4. Chewing gum promotes saliva production, which acts as water to dilute and flush out the stomach contents.
  5. An amino acid called glutamine can also help. It disposes of damaged cells in the esophagus and promotes healing.
  6. The oils found in a handful of almonds may relieve reflux in some sufferers.
  7. Aloe Vera juice – not to be confused with aloe vera gel found in some household plants – can help prevent heartburn when consumed before meals. It’s important to distinguish between juice and gel, as the gel acts as a laxative when consumed. Be sure to use caution and find aloe vera juice that is labeled for consumption.
  8. An enzyme that aids in digestion and helps prevent pressure and acid build up can be found in papaya.
  9. Apples have been said to help soothe heartburn and some people even found relief after just a few slices.
  10. Drinking a glass of milk may help, but don’t drink too much. Milk will help absorb acids, but it also has fats that can cause acid buildup.
  11. Try to avoid heartburn triggers. Common ones include garlic, onion, caffeine, alcohol, and citrus. Watch what you eat to find your specific triggers.
  12. Don’t eat right before bed. Gravity keeps stomach acids down and lying down allows them to creep into the esophagus.
  13. Eat less more often. Eating fewer, larger meals has been shown to put pressure on the stomach and result in excess acid production.
  14. Don’t smoke. Smoking has been proven to cause heartburn.
  15. Take steps to reduce stress. Something as simple as deep breathing or counting to 10 can help prevent the onset of heartburn.
  16. Sleeping with a few pillows under your head helps keep your esophagus elevated and stomach acids where they belong.
  17. Losing a few pounds may help relieve the pressure on the chest and stomach extra weight can add.

For more information on natural and holistic treatment ideas for heartburn, please see our Reflux Remedy Report.

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September 28, 2010

Best Diet for Acid Stomach

You?re reading this report most likely because you have recurring acid reflux, heartburn or some stomach acid problem and you?ve tried everything the drug store manager or doctor recommended . . . and now you?re ready for a better way.

You know it just has to get better than this and it does . . . read on!

Of course there?s a better way, in fact there?s a proven way to reverse stomach acid problems and improve your health all at the same time. It?s really ?SAD? how the Standard American Diet has everyone feeling like they have to depend on Over-The-Counter (OTC) antacids and stomach acid blocking prescriptions, isn?t it?

Especially when common sense tells you that your health shouldn?t suffer just because you like to eat.

Let me share with you some helpful information to help you return to your natural healing pathway. Because that?s what eating is meant to be, an occasion to revitalize, rejuvenate and repair yourself from the cellular level up . . . the best diet should be an abundant feast celebrating the miracle of health.

Stomach acid has been faithfully breaking down food into nutritional molecules since the dawn of time, so why all the stomach acid anxiety these days?

Part of the problem is doctors generally don?t receive more than 3 hours of nutritional studies in most leading universities and medical institutions, because the schools are funded by ?special interest? groups.

These special interests do not have your best health interest at heart.

There?s no denying that antacids and other stomach acid drugs fail for millions of heartburn, acid reflux and upset stomach acid sufferers every day after indigestive day.

The Greek ?Father of medicine,? Hippocrates, proclaimed from the rooftops of the ancient world the ?Food is medicine!?

So what is the best diet to balance healthy stomach acid levels?

Today Americans suffer from stomach acid imbalances because they are not taught to believe in their body?s own ?built-in intelligence.?

You can call it the immune system, or know it as the vast matrix of 60 TRILLION cell membranes singing in perfect harmony you call your body, or you could accept the proven science of Intelligent Design.

Whatever you want to call it, it?s real and it all depends on the best whole food diet.

There?s only one little catch-as you already know, there?s always a catch. You simply need to support your built-in intelligence by thinking and behaving the right way . . . that means with ?your? best interest at heart.

Yes, it is that simple, yet great truths always are. You need to embrace a ?fearless approach? to wellness and longevity, which starts by how you decide to live, and what is living without knowing the best whole food diet?

The Standard American Diet (SAD) has failed us as much as Big Pharma has, because bad diet and poor lifestyle go hand and hand with drugs, surgery and other barbaric, out-dated medical practices that fail us all.

Here?s a list of foods that treat stomach acid imbalances by supporting a healthy stomach acid pH level:

? Apples (with skin on)

? Bananas ( skin off)

? Lemon water

? Baked potatoes

? Broccoli

? Cabbage

? Carrots

? Green beans

? Peas

? Grass fed meats

? Egg whites

? Wild caught fish

? Raw goat cheese

? Fermented soy products

? Sprouted grain breads

? Mineral water

? Vinaigrette salad (no iceberg lettuce)

Keep in mind steamed vegetables or raw whole food is the best diet. Providing more living minerals, vitamins and enzymes are critical for healthy stomach acid balance.

Add to this diverse diet of healthy foods a mild activity level, like walking and learn to eat your best food groups separately and those stomach acid problems will haunt you no more.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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