here is a great post by my friend from class!
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Why antacids and acid reflux drugs are a BIG problem
Let me explain how stomach acid works… Think of your stomach as a tank for this stuff. If your tank is full of stomach acid, you are going to have severe symptoms. But, did you know that if you’re tank is close to empty, the symptoms are also going to be quite severe? I betchya didn’t. I bet you also didn’t know that almost all people with acid reflux fall into the too low stomach acid category and there are very few out there with too high. Having a nearly half full tank is where we all want to be. This is where our stomach acid needs to be to do it’s job of beginning the important process of protein digestion. What the antacids do is wipe out your stomach acid 100%. Having none at all will take away the symptoms, but also means you can’t digest your proteins or properly absorb your vitamins and minerals especially B12 and zinc. Think of it this way…
Full Tank = acid reflux symptoms.
Half Tank = no symptoms and you are digesting and absorbing properly.
Nearly empty tank = acid reflux symptoms (almost all symptomatic individuals fall here), also improperly digesting and absorbing.
Empty tank = Individual is on antacids and is symptom free, but not digesting or absorbing.
What can you do about it?
First do this easy at home test to test yourself to see what the status of your stomach acid is.
- mix one quarter teaspoon of baking soda in eight ounces of cold water
- first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything except water.
- Drink the baking soda solution.
If your stomach is producing adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid you should probably burp within two to three minutes.
Early and repeated belching may be due to excessive stomach acid.
No burp within 5 minutes means you don’t have enough acid.
Seeing a certified nutrition consultant is the best way to get back on track and get off the medications. They will help you use whole foods to build your stomach acid to it’s ideal level.
What you can do:
A simple way to work on building up stomach acid is to mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink this cocktail with every meal. Do this for a week or two and see if symptoms subside. This trick totally worked for my dad! He struggled with heartburn for as long as I can remember and now a bottle of apple cider vinegar later, is 100% symptom free without any drugs at all.