digestive system

February 21, 2011

Cause of Reflux

A well functioning digestive tract requires that each component run smoothly. The minute you put food in your mouth, the digestive process begins. Chewing your food alerts the stomach that gastric acid needs to be produced to break foods down into smaller pieces. After food is chewed, you swallow the food, passing it down to your esophagus. The food travels within the esophagus and eventually goes into the stomach. The pathway between the esophagus and stomach is regulated by the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscle that opens and closes to let food exit the esophagus.

A strong LES is ideal because it tightly closes and prevents stomach acids from escaping into the esophagus. When acid goes into the esophagus, this is considered reflux. A weak LES is the main cause of reflux. Reflux can be induced by many things ranging from anatomical irregularities to unhealthy habits. Learning about the causes of reflux can give you the warning signs to help you prevent the disease.

The food you eat can prompt acid reflux to occur. Foods that are high in fat increase the potential for reflux. Specific foods can trigger reflux. Foods that trigger reflux in you may be harmless in someone else. Common foods that trigger reflux include garlic, onions, caffeine, chocolate and alcohol. Spicy or acidic tasting foods don’t necessarily cause reflux.

Pregnant women have a higher risk of refluxing acid. The development of the fetus causes movement of other organs in order to give the baby enough space. The stomach, in an effort to make room for the ever expanding womb, will move and compress. When that movement is coupled with pressure from the baby, the stomach is vulnerable to having gastric acid escape to the esophagus, causing reflux.

Pain relieving medications can have a negative effect on your digestive system. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are terrible for preventing reflux. These drugs include ibuprofen and aspirin. Surprisingly, taking certain vitamin supplements can promote reflux. Avoid ingesting iron, calcium and potassium tablets.

Obesity can cause reflux. This health condition is characterized by being excessively overweight. Additional weight that presses on the stomach, builds pressure. If the stomach cannot maintain its normal size and pressure, gastric acid can be pushed out through the esophagus and cause irritation and inflammation. Hiatal hernia and diabetes can trigger reflux as well.

Behavioral routine can affect reflux. Smoking tends to make the LES lose strength. If you eat a meal only a few hours before bed, this can allow acid to easily leave the stomach because you are now in a flat position. Lifting things that are heavy and drinking alcohol can generate reflux.

Usual symptoms of reflux are heartburn, dysphagia, nausea, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat and hoarseness. There are natural treatments for reflux that take into account specific symptoms. The best way to handle acid reflux is to find out what foods, conditions and habits may be the cause.

For more information on the causes, symptoms and remedies for reflux, visit refluxremedy.com today.

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February 17, 2011

Natural Heartburn Treatment

Your best road to natural heartburn treatment is to NOT treat your heart burn naturally or unnaturally. Treatment is a double-edged sword. The word treatment makes it sound as if you are doing something important to eliminate your heartburn, but there’s no such thing as natural treatment.

Get Rid of Heartburn Only drugs treat diseases and treating your heartburn with drugs will only turn it into a disease.

Treatment suggests addressing the symptoms of your heartburn somehow, natural or not.

Pizza and milk are natural, right? Combined in massive quantities these two natural items will give you acid reflux for sure. Milk is 97% casein, an animal protein used to make glue . . . it’s very hard to digest and pizza is also full of cheese, which is another form of milk, along with refined, enriched flour full of plant toxins like gluten, phytic acid (a mineral blocker) and refined sugar (an inflammatory.)

I can give you a thousand examples of how the Standard American Diet (SAD) has betrayed the best interest of your digestive system and left you suffering in heartburn ally.

The word natural can also be misused and misunderstood as well. Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Back to the treatment of your Western diet pattern triggered acid reflux . . . nothing; absolutely nothing . . . ever happens on a symptom level. The heartburn treatment, whether natural or drug-related, is fooling you into believing you are making a change to your heartburn by blocking or masking the symptoms.

Your acid reflux symptoms are the effect of your poor dietary habits and the only way to rid yourself of heartburn symptoms isn’t to keep treating them, but by eliminating them.

It’s no mystery that treating your heartburn symptoms only allows the real cause of heartburn to continue to create bigger health problems for you.

Stop treating your heartburn and start eliminating the cause of your heartburn.

Did you know that heartburn is caused from a stomach acid deficiency 90% of the time?

Did the doctor prescribing your heartburn treatment test you for stomach acid?

Probably not. If you were tested and they found a lack of stomach acid was causing your acid indigestion and heartburn, they wouldn’t make much money off your problem.

Lack of stomach acid has been linked to lots of health issues not only heartburn, but adrenal fatigue and a whole cluster of symptoms they can sell more drugs for.

Why worry about naturally treating you acid reflux or even looking for other unnatural ways for treatment of your heartburn . . . simply eliminate the root cause of your heartburn symptoms.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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February 7, 2011

Acid Reflux Treatment Home Remedy

If you’re looking for an acid reflux treatment home remedy, try not to get frustrated by the sheer volume of potential things you can try. Thousands of people suffer from acid reflux on any given day, and there are almost as many ways to naturally get rid of the condition.

Acid reflux happens when there is a buildup of pressure and acid in your stomach that causes those acids to be allowed out of your stomach and up into your esophagus. The tissues there are sensitive and susceptible to damage, which causes pain. In some cases, the reflux can make it all the way to your mouth, leaving a bitter taste, generally accompanied by a hiccup or burp, which may not be the most attractive condition to be dealing with after a meal.

So what can you do about it, besides reaching for antacids or pills? Plenty of things.

If you suffer from this condition on a fairly regular basis, you may want to consider a few lifestyle changes in order to rid yourself of the problem without medications.

  • First, eat smaller meals over a longer period of time rather than a few large meals during the day. Eating more than your stomach can handle causes it to stress out, and respond by frantically producing acid to break down the excess amount of food rapidly. This causes pressure to build and inevitably results in reflux. So just eat less, more. Snack more often and eat smaller meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner so that you’re still getting the same amount of food, it’s just stretched over a longer period of time.
  • Second, remove any excessive stressors from your life. Stress is known to cause heartburn, and dealing with it more effectively can help you feel the burn a little less frequently. So, schedule regular massages, or start seeing a therapist who will teach you techniques for dealing with stress. You could also take up Yoga or meditation, start exercising regularly or any number of other things that help you to relax. Making relaxation a priority now will help you maintain a healthy digestive tract later.
  • Third, keep track of what you’re eating, and subsequently avoid foods that you identify as heartburn triggers. Things that are hard to digest like whole milk, spices like garlic, vegetables like onions, and stimulants like caffeine can all be potential heartburn triggers.

If you’re looking for more reactive holistic solutions, there are plenty of things to try.

  • Ginger, whether candied or tea, is very effective at soothing acid reflux.
  • A glass of water can help to wash acids through the digestive system, and keeps them from settling in, causing pain.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps to neutralize acids. Just a couple of tablespoons added to a glass of water can be an effective solution.
  • A quarter of a cup of aloe vera juice can also help to relieve acid reflux. Make sure to distinguish between aloe vera gel and juice though. Gel is not meant for consumption and can cause a host of other digestive problems. Only consume aloe vera juice.

For more information on acid reflux treatment home remedy, visit refluxremedy.com and read The Reflux Remedy Report.

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February 4, 2011

Acid Indigestion Cure

Big global corporations that earn more profits by putting your health on the line want you to believe there is no cure for acid indigestion.

Of course there is a cure, but only if you are willing to make changes that will reverse the acid indigestive imbalance caused from eating wrong.

Eating should come natural for all people seeing it is our main occupation in life, other than sleeping. Seriously, all living things are constantly taking in some kind of nourishment to stay alive, grow and heal.

Acid indigestion is a social experiment gone awry.

Have you ever noticed any other creature in nature suffering from acid indigestion? If you have, you can bet it was most likely table-fed industrialized food.

If a cat or dog eats something that disturbs its natural digestive balance, they drink water and chew on green leafy plants such as grass.

Why is that?

Albeit a dog or a cat’s digestive system is quite different when compared to the human digestive system, they have a carnivore’s metabolism, whereas we have an omnivore’s digestive tract. The stomach acid in the belly of a carnivore is stronger than it is in a human digestive system, plus their digestive systems are shorter than ours.

The human digestive system is designed with its own natural intelligence built right in. There is no mistaking the why and wherefore of the human digestive tract; it’s made to process highly nutritious green leafy vegetables, not all the garbage we put into it these days.

You want to know the cure for your acid indigestion? It’s simple, when you’re eating like a carnivore on steroids; you’re going to create some digestive disturbances, so you simply need to recognize the damage you’ve done and start working with that built-in intelligence again.

So is the cure for acid indigestion to crawl out in the back yard and chew some grass? Of course not . . . don’t be silly, crawling is for babies and four legged animals, you can juice your grass using high tech machinery and drink it as a meal in itself or as a digestive aid 10 minutes after meals.

The cure for acid indigestion is to not be afraid to care.

People need to learn how to care all over again so we’re more like our ancestors . . . the indigenous people of the earth.

You can cure acid indigestion by reconnecting with the indigenous genes hidden deep within your cells by simply eating right.

There are as many cures for acid indigestion as there are bad habits to cause it.

I hear all the time that people don’t have time to eat right, that they can’t afford to eat their green food sources. That’s just a lame excuse.

Fifteen pounds of wheat grass is equivalent to 350 pounds of ordinary conventionally grown vegetables (1:23 ratio). Spirulina is 80% protein; cracked chlorella is another super food rich in nutrients including high quality protein.

The list goes on . . .

The biggest animals on earth eat mostly plant-based foods . . . that should be a huge clue right there.

The cure for acid indigestion, in my book, is to simply reduce your dietary intake of animal protein to less than 10%, eat smaller portions and never eat just before laying down, go for walks, drink the ‘right’ water between meals and don’t mix foods that shouldn’t be mixed together. . .space them out a little.

The cure for acid indigestion is in your hands.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

Source: Meyerowitz, Steve (April 1999). “Nutrition in Grass”. Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grass Foods & Juices to Revitalize Your Health (6th ed.). Book Publishing Company. pp.53. ISBN 1878736973.

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