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January 14, 2011

What Causes Heartburn?

Heartburn and indigestion is a form of gastrointestinal tract upset.

Despite often having a single cause a gut imbalance can trigger a wide variety of gastrointestinal and even non-gastrointestinal complications.

Heartburn is usually one of the first noticeable effects or signs of this internal imbalance.

Once your digestive system falls out of balance you may experience several symptoms that seem unrelated to your heartburn issues, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches and much more . . .

Your indigestion and heartburn are really two symptoms of the same digestive imbalance.

The important thing is to learn to understand your symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. Those symptoms are all that stands between the cause of your heartburn and your remedy.

Your body/mind communicates directly to more than 60 trillion cells and your heartburn symptoms are nothing more than those 60 trillion cells talking back to you.

There is a reason why you are experiencing a heartburning sensation in your chest and throat area. Whatever you just did may be a clue to stop doing that.

If you lay down after eating and you got hit with heartburn, that should be a clue not to lie down after eating and if you really read into it, it’s suggesting you go for a walk and get things moving.

Walking is one of the most under rated activities, if you can walk you should be doing it as much as possible.

Walking and swinging your arms acts as a pendulum that helps circulate blood and move stagnant lymph fluid. Your lymph fluid is part of your endocrine system, which is part of your immune system as is your digestive tract.

Heartburn can become chronic when activity levels drop and eating the wrong things increases. The lack of mild activity and dumping of food wastes and toxins in your cells steal vital energy from them.

This loss of cellular energy leads to a build-up of more toxins, enough to trigger symptoms of digestive imbalance. Ignored secondary stress can create more symptoms of indigestion and heartburn, eventually causing more complications from inflammation that can lead to degenerative disease.

So doping up your body to hide your heartburn can be the cause of it becoming chronic. The real cause of heartburn comes from not enjoying variety in life. Try avoiding the same old foods and reach for more fresh foods, less white bread, less sugar, less animal fat.

Adopt mild exercise into your lifestyle, try deep breathing exercises (yoga) or even mild stretching (Tai Chi) if walking is painful . . .you’ll be surprised at the benefits.

Heartburn can also be caused from chronic dehydration – discover a natural source of good mineral water and drink half your weight in ounces every day.

Note: Avoid drinking large amounts of anything with your meals . . . the trick is to drink plenty in-between meals and eat small meals throughout the day. Better to have 5 small meals than 1 or 2 large meals.

Pay attention to the foods you mix too. If you just eat fruit with your steak and you feel heartburn, then separate those foods. By the way fruit should be eaten between meals too.

The cause of heartburn is one of the first big symptoms of a digestive struggle that is stressing out your cells . . . remove the cause, don’t just block the symptoms.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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January 4, 2011

Home Remedy For Acid Reflux

Finding a home remedy for acid reflux is a trial and error process simply because everyone is different.

Beyond our personal differences there is an underlying uniformity, what leading scientists call ‘intelligent design’. Understanding how your body really thrives is the key to healing anything, especially acid reflux.

A home remedy for acid reflux will work better for one person and perhaps not at all for another because of several factors. Some people need remedies for a bundle of health problems including allergies and food sensitivities, not just acid reflux.

Sometimes the remedy is to discover what you are being exposed to in your home environment in regards to food, water and the air you breathe.

As you already know one of the main triggers of acid reflux is from eating the wrong foods. There is a very good reason these “wrong foods” can cause acid reflux . . . because they’re simply bad for you.

Often the best home remedy for acid reflux is to eliminate whatever is triggering your heart burn and gastric indigestion.

It’s not only the type of foods you eat at home, but what’s inside or on the food, including pesticides and herbicides, not to mention bacteria from foods processed with reclaimed sewer water.

Another hidden danger lurking in the homes of Americans that can contribute to your digestive health being compromised is Genetically Manufactured Organisms, or commonly called GMO foods.

Anything in that lowers your cellular energy levels will eventually upset your digestive system, which can become a hidden factor when looking for a home remedy for acid reflux, heart burn and acid indigestion.

At first glance you may think that there couldn’t be a connection between these things and your acid reflux. Yet the truth remains true . . . conventional medicine still doesn’t have a cure for your acid reflux disease, acid rebound or gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

That’s why you’re looking for a home remedy in the first place, isn’t it?

Drinking a glass of milk is a home remedy for some people suffering from acid reflux, but for others the animal fat, indigestible protein, antibiotics, growth hormones, and lactose sugars can trigger acid reflux.

Drinking natural mineral water an hour between meals can help remedy acid reflux, but if you drink water, or any beverage, with your meals your digestive acids become even more diluted and can trigger acid indigestion as well.

So keep hunting for the real cause of your acid reflux . . . eliminating the cause is your best home remedy.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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December 7, 2010

Hiatal Hernia Chiropractic Treatment

If you have a Hiatal Hernia, chiropractic treatment might be a good solution for you. It can help keep you from going under the knife or being over medicated. However, it’s not the cheapest solution.

Hiatal Hernia

A hernia happens in the body when an organ becomes dislocated and forced into an area where it doesn’t normally reside. This puts pressure on surrounding organs and can have fairly detrimental consequences. When this happens in the stomach, it’s called a Hiatal Hernia.

There are two types of Hiatal hernias, the sliding Hiatal Hernia and the para-esophageal Hiatal Hernia. The sliding Hiatal Hernia is extremely common, and happens when a portion of the stomach is forced through an opening in the diaphragm and into the area where the esophagus is supposed to be. A more worrisome Hiatal Hernia is the para-esophageal Hiatal hernia, which involves the upper portion of the stomach being pushed up next to the esophagus, and putting pressure on it from the outside. This can cause a blockage and prevent food from progressing through the digestive tract.


Most people with a Hiatal Hernia don’t experience symptoms, but if you do they will mimic heartburn. This includes a painful burning sensation in the chest, burping and indigestion. Some people may also experience pain due to stomach spasms, but this symptom should not be confused with a heart attack.

Hiatal Hernia chiropractic treatment

Physically massaging or pushing the hernia back into place is one of the many ways you can try to help your Hiatal Hernia to heal. A Hiatal Hernia massage can be performed by your chiropractor or by you. It involves massaging the area just below your breast bone, or sternum. Massage the area in a circular pattern, making sure to push down, which will help get the herniated stomach back into position. This should be done initially just a few times, and then as you become more used to it three times a day for a minute each.

If you go to your chiropractor for Hiatal Hernia treatment, a similar procedure is performed, except all at once instead of over a period of weeks.

Other options

Seeing a chiropractor isn’t your only option to help repair your Hiatal Hernia. While surgery is rarely necessary to treat a Hiatal Hernia, sometimes medication can help reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, which will allow the area to heal. However, this approach can be done naturally as well, saving you money on expensive prescriptions.

For example, simply change your eating habits a bit to help reduce stress on your stomach and keep it from producing too much acid. Consume smaller meals more frequently, rather than eating large meals in just a few sittings.

Or watch what you eat. Avoid foods that are known to cause heartburn for you. Increased acid in your stomach can do nothing but slow the healing process for your hernia.

Get a copy of The Reflux Remedy Report. There are a number of natural tips and tricks to help relieve your Hiatal Hernia. Visit www.refluxremedy.com to find out more.

Hiatal Hernia chiropractic treatment is one way to get relief from Hiatal Hernia pain; however it’s not the only one! Be sure to explore all your options before you commit to something costly.

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November 16, 2010

Where does Heartburn Hurt?

They call it heartburn for a good reason . . .one of the most corrosive acid substances in the world, called your stomach acid, is breaching the stomachs natural perimeter and causing a searing, burning effect in the throat, voice box, mouth, lungs and sinus areas.

The fact is you have a special valve that is designed to keep your stomach acid down below, where it belongs. Problem is, due to extraordinary circumstances this so-called valve becomes compromised, or by-passed for one reason or another.

This valve is technically referred to as the Lower Esophageal? Sphincter or better known as your LES. This valve, or sphincter is located just above your diaphragm, right next to the top of your heart.

Hence the term heartburn refers to the sensation of caustic gastric fluids breaking through this vital biological seal.

Once the stomach acid gets passed your LES, it’s up to you how far it goes.

Your simple acid reflux, heartburn or acid indigestion could do harm to even more sensitive areas as I mentioned above from not knowing what to do to control acid reflux and what the cause is from

The worst thing you can do is lay down after eating, or especially after having a heartburn “event.”

Picture this hydrochloric stomach acid burping up pass your LES and then dripping back down to rest on the “wrong ” side of the seal, right next to your heart.

Now imagine that same heartburn sensation moving slowly further and further upward along your throat because you decided to lie down.

In fact, this is the worst thing you can do after a heart burn attack, it’s likely that by lying down on a full stomach, more gastric acid will by-pass your LES valve and create even more damage and heartburn pain.

This bad habit is largely responsible for causing further corrosive damage to your LES and your throat. The gastric acid from heartburn is so nasty that it will ultimately mutate the cells lining your throat and make them more like your stomach acid.

Giving you a permanent heartburn sensation called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Isn’t it amazing how the built in Intelligent design of your mind automatically knows what’s best to do to keep your body alive.

All you have to do is pay attention and learn better ways to work with your body/mind, rather than against it.

Heartburn feels like your heart is burning because one of the largest and most sensitive nerves in your anatomy , called the vagus nerve, runs through your throat and to all your organs. So it’s easy to picture how once stomach acid erupts up into your throat and inflames your upper chest, respiratory and the wrong side of your LES valve, that your heart is going to feel as if its burning alive.

Like mother said,? “Sit up straight when you eat” and maybe try going for a walk after eating.

For best results avoid eating too much at one time, chew your food extremely well and don’t eat iceberg lettuce before a greasy meal. In fact, I chose to eat my mixed green salads the European way, which is “after” the greasy meal.

Soon you’ll forget where your heartburn used to hurt.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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