February 28, 2011

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder

It is unnatural for stomach contents to rise into the esophagus but unfortunately, this happens to many people. This occurrence is called acid reflux, when stomach acids are permitted to enter the esophagus and move upward. When acid reflux occurs repeatedly, this could be a sign that you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder is what develops when the lower esophageal sphincter is relaxed and does not close consistently or tightly. The LES acts as a passageway for foods that have been eaten, allowing entrance into the stomach. Although the LES musts open to allow foods to pass to the stomach, a properly functioning LES should close immediately after the food goes to the stomach, and prevent stomach acids from being displaced. Stomach acid is corrosive but is suitable for the lining walls of that organ. In order to breakdown and digest food, the gastric acid in your stomach must be highly acidic. When gastric acid moves into the esophagus it ends up corroding the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation.

Many factors can cause you to suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disorder. If you have a haital hernia this could make you more susceptible to GERD. A hiatal hernia occurs when the top portion of the stomach and the LES muscle shift above the diaphragm, the muscle that divides the chest and stomach. The diaphragm normally aids the LES in it’s function to separate stomach acid from the esophagus. Hiatal hernias allow gastric acids to go from the stomach to the esophagus easily.

If you are pregnant this may affect your chances of having GERD. Pregnant women should be concerned about GERD because of their increased risk. As the baby develops in the womb, the body must make room. This means that vital organs begin to shift and are compressed. If the stomach shifts or compresses too much, this could force stomach acids to move past the LES and into the esophagus.

Obesity and diabetes also contribute to GERD. If you have a lot of extra weight, especially near the abdomen, this can put excessive pressure on the stomach and diaphragm. If the stomach endures pressure, this makes it easier for stomach acids to escape into the esophagus and cause damage. Diabetes affects the way that foods are digested and could encourage acid reflux. Close attention should be paid to your diet and exercise habits, as they can contribute to obesity and diabetes.

Smoking is a lifestyle contributor to GERD. Each time you smoke, the LES becomes weaker and has to work harder to remain closed. A weakened or relaxed LES will allow stomach acid to seep into the esophagus. The more you smoke, the higher your risk is of developing GERD.

Symptoms of GERD in adults include heartburn, chest pain, chronic cough, regurgitation and difficulty swallowing. Children however may not have heartburn but will likely have a persistent cough and respiratory problems. Avoiding certain foods, smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating smaller lean meals well before lying down for bed are simple ways to manage GERD.

To learn more about gastroesophageal reflux disorder, visit 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’┬áminerals, 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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January 3, 2011

Acid Reflux Help

Everyone needs a little help with acid reflux every now and then. Acid reflux should never be allowed to become a disease.

You can help protect your body by following a few natural guidelines.

It’s hard for some people to help themselves eliminate acid reflux, like over the road truckers, people that work in restaurants and actually it’s hard for anyone on the go these days . . . especially for you third shifters.

I’ve always found it hard to find “real” food when I worked on the road . . . I learned the hard way and had a mini-stroke when I was only 35 years old. Acid reflux is an inflammatory issue, like strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and even cancer . . . it’s all connected at one level or another.

If you’re having trouble finding real help for your acid reflux, trust me, you’re far from alone.

People are sick and tired of treating symptoms of inflammatory diseases like acid reflux and the rest of it. You can learn the easy way or the hard way like I did, it’s up to you. I would like to help you find an easy way . . . and avoid the hard way.

When I say “Treating” your acid reflux symptoms, it’s the same as saying “ignoring” the cause of your acid reflux.

There are stages of degenerative disease and inflammation is only one of those steps associated with all of them, especially acid reflux. The best way to help yourself get rid of acid reflux forever is to help get rid of your inflammation . . . now you are closer to finding the real cause of your acid reflux.

What causes inflammation? If you can eliminate that, you have done more than help your acid reflux, you’ll have cured yourself of it.

Inflammation starts whenever your body becomes stressed and there are a few things that can do that, but the number one reason is toxicity.

You can’t help your acid reflux if your body is full of toxins, whether it is toxins from pollutants found in the air, water and food, or toxic build-up from body wastes.

To help detoxify your body and reduce stress and inflammation that trigger acid reflux and other disease states, you’ll want to increase real energy levels in your body.

You can help do this by first avoiding foods that lower cellular energy.

You now have the master keys to help eliminate acid reflux and other inflammatory health problems.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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October 5, 2010

Treatments For Acid Reflux GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) happens your throat becomes irritated and inflamed from gastric acid rebounding up where it doesn’t belong.

Here are some factors that can contribute to acid reflux disease. By NOT doing these things you will effectively treat your GERD without drugs or surgery:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes,
  • Obesity,
  • Poor posture
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Theophylline (Tedral, Hydrophed, Marax, Bronchial, Quibron)
  • Nitrates
  • Antihistamines
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • Milk chocolate
  • Garlic and onions
  • Drinks with caffeine
  • Acid forming foods (sweet fruits)
  • Spicy foods,
  • Mint flavorings
  • Eating large meals
  • Eating soon before bedtime
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Mixing fruit and protein
  • Gluten

Normally ,the Lower Esophageal Sphincter ?(LES) acts as a lid on your stomach only letting food and liquids down and keeping everything there.

The problem with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is that for one of two main reasons the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is allowing gastric acid to rise up ward into the throat, middle ear and sinus areas.

It shocked me to learn that more often than not acid reflux sufferer’s experience symptoms of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) because their stomach acid isn’t strong enough, or there simply isn’t enough of it to digest the food down. This creates your classic acid reflux symptoms and makes it feels as if there is too much stomach acid, when in fact there is too little.

That’s another reason why antacids have been scientifically proven not to cure acid reflux diseases. In reality antacids trigger increased acid rebound events, literally ruining quality of life for millions of heartburn sufferers.

Rarely someone actually over produces stomach acid because of a bacterial infection, imbalance of stomach pH or from drug effects.

The acid reflux diseases come from not addressing the real cause of the acid indigestion in the first place.

First you need to restore proper nutrients, friendly flora and essential mineral balance. Nothing upsets all of these factors quicker than antacid drugs, not to mention drugs in general.

This lack of digestive acid also explains why hiatal hernia is also linked to acid reflux disease. When food piles up undigested in your gut, it ferments with bad bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms. After a while the bulk of the food piles up further pushing pressure against not only your Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), but you diaphragm muscles as well.

Eventually when you bend over and the food in your gut has nowhere to go, you tighten up and literally push your upper stomach and esophagus above your diaphragm.

So you should be able to imagine, as the little stomach acid you have left is dumped on top of this fermenting pile of food stuff, and that it has only one place to go . . . upwards.

This erodes the esophagus causing a complicated case of Gastro-Esophageal-Reflux Disease (GERD) and a hiatal hernia.

Your risk of surgery and throat cancer just went up again.

All this can be prevented, naturally treated and even reversed- but you must address the root cause, NOT just hide the symptoms with drug products that make things worse.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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