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Issues with Heartburn

Are you one of 7 million Americans that suffers with this?

I'm sure you've heard the TV or radio ads...

Fast Heartburn Relief!
Goes to work in seconds.
One pill each morning. 24 hours. Zero Heartburn.

If you suffer from heartburn, GERD, acid reflux or indigestion after you eat a meal, this all sounds great, right?

Just take this over-the-counter purple pill and you can eat whatever you want.

 

It may come as a shock, but these solutions only mask digestive problems that nearly 7 million people in the United States deal with on a regular basis.

Are you one of them?

Why does heartburn happen?

Digestion begins in your mouth.

When you take a bite of that hamburger, juicy steak, or fast food meal, your saliva starts to mix with the food and breaks large food molecules into smaller food molecules.

Then, you swallow the food down your esophagus and it ends up in your stomach. The job of your stomach is to use hydrochloric acid to kill off any bacteria and other yucky stuff and break down your carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The hydrochloric acid is supposed to stay in your stomach and not go back up into your esophagus.

The environment of your stomach is supposed to be acidic.

Without that proper environment, your immune system may be stressed, you may develop food poisoning, and you will not be able to properly absorb all of your nutrients.

From there, the food is passed along to your liver (known as second digestion) where its job is to process your carbs, proteins and fats.

The next journey is onto the small intestines where nutrients are absorbed and then waste is excreted through the colon.

When you have heartburn or indigestion, food is not being properly broken down. This puts pressure on the stomach, which can then cause hydrochloric acid (most people do not have enough of it) to shoot up and you feel that burning or painful sensation.

No fun, huh?

 

When you go to your grocery store and buy Tums, Rolaids or Prilosec what you're doing when you take them is neutralizing your stomach acid which can prevent you from absorbing your nutrients and other consequences that we talked about already.

You're treating the symptom and not the root cause.

What's the solution?

So, how do you make your digestion smoother and stop that nasty heartburn?  There are a number of tips that I could mention, but below I will give you my #1 tip!

Digestive enzymes help us to properly break down our food.  When that happens, you will no longer have food sitting (really rotting) in your stomach.

Your stomach acid will properly do it's job and you will support your body in properly being able to absorb the food you eat.  Best of all, your body will be able to do what nature truly has designed it to do!

Some of my favorites are Proactazyme, PDA, Food Enzymes, and Digestive Bitters.

If you want some help with getting rid of heartburn and having better digestion, schedule a session below and I'll put together a personalized herbal program to help you reach your health goals.

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