Discover the #1 Reason why people get heartburn and the alarming threat of your medication that no one tells you about!
Understand the threatening domino affect it starts and discover my 4 step solution to 'Putting Out the Fire'
To start, what is Acid Reflex & GERD and what is the #1 cause of it? The stomach produces hydrochloric acid (HCl) to break down and digest food. The stomach The stomach has a thick mucosal lining to protect the stomach wall which is why we don’t feel it. Heartburn or acid reflex happens when the stomach acid comes up or reflexes into the esophagus. The esophagus does not have that protective lining so it’s very painful. The bottom of the esophagus sits in front of the heart, so therefore is known as heartburn. Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, GERD, is chronic heartburn. The acid is in the wrong place and over time erodes the lining of the esophagus which leads to many problems. The number 1 most common reason why people experience heartburn and GERD is from a lack of stomach acid! Very, rarely is it a result of too much stomach acid especially if over the age of 35. Our production of acid declines as we age. However, acid is still coming up and burning the esophagus which is painful and chronic conditions of that can be dangerous. Here is what’s happening: The sphincter in between the esophagus and the stomach, (like the green arrow is pointing to), opens and closes like a door. What gets it to stay closed is a hormonal response triggered by the amount of acid in the stomach. If and when there is not enough acid in the stomach, that sphincter does not close and the acid that is in there comes up and burns the esophagus. Therefore, it feels like there is too much acid! Over time this sphincter weakens, also due to other factors like a hiatus hernia, bacteria infections like H.pylori, diet and lifestyle and consistent burping and stomach bloating putting direct pressure on it. Why is HCl low in the first place? Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) could occur because of:
- chronic stress
- nasty bugs or unwanted microbes
- chronic overeating,
- taking proton-pump inhibitor drugs
- thyroid and adrenal issues
- gastric irritants like coffee, alcohol and cigarettes
- devitalized diet and a lack of greens and bitter foods
- food allergens
- deficiencies of zinc, vit B1 and folate
What are the medications doing? There are two types of heartburn medications, acid-neutralizers and acid-blockers. Acid neutralizers are known as antacids like TUMs and Rolaids and they alkalize the stomach for a short time. The acid-blockers are histamine h2 blockers which interferes with a chemical pathway to the stomach which signals it to produce acid. These are drugs like Zantac and Pepcid. The other type of acid-blockers are proton pump inhibitors which directly shut down the acid producing cells in the stomach. These are the most powerful, or dangerous, and known as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. All of which listed above reduces or compromises the acid in the stomach. This does relieve the symptomatic pain of heartburn, but it makes the underlying problem a lot worse. We need the stomach to be acidic and by altering that leads to a whole line of other problems. The stomach is supposed to be highly acidic! Taking medication to suppress that inhibits the stomach from functioning properly and therefor creates a domino effect throughout the remainder of the digestive tract and ultimately the entire body. In addition, because the underlying problem is too little acid, the acid-supressing drugs ease the acute pain of heartburn yet they perpetuate the very issue they are trying to solve, heartburn and GERD. That’s why when people take these drugs, they can’t stop or it comes right back. Do you think there is a better way to deal with the painful acute symptoms that does not turn it into a lifelong progressing problem? Of course, however that doesn’t generate billions of dollars a year so it’s not recommended. What are some of the dangers of too little HCl?
- Impaired Protein Digestion Proper levels of HCl are required to break down protein as well as to produce enough protein enzymes (protease) which also breaks proteins down. Without the ability to break protein down, digest them, the body is unable to absorb and utilize them. Also, improperly digested proteins can cause a lot of damage throughout the remainder of the system.
- Increased Susceptibility to Bacterial, Yeast and Parasite Infections One of HCl’s jobs is to kill any unwanted microbes, like bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that come in through food and water. This is scenario also makes the body more vulnerable to an H. pylori infection, a viscous bacterial infection that leads damage to the lining of the stomach and intestines leading to painful ulcers. pylori can only thrive in a stomach with compromised acid levels.
- Iron, mineral and B12 deficiency HCl is required for the absorption of all of these which are needed by almost every system in the body.
- Stress on the Pancreas and Gallbladder When eating, adequate HCl levels signal the pancreas to release digestive enzymes to break down food, and the gallbladder to release bile to breakdown fats. A lack of HCl greatly impacts their ability to do their job.
- Impaired Nutrient Absorption Without proper HCl in the stomach, enzyme production is impaired (which stresses the pancreas), so food is not being digested properly and therefor again, the body is unable to absorb and utilize it.
- Gas & Bloating If food is not being broken down and digested properly, then when it gets to the lower part of the GI track, the intestines, it ferments and the bad bacteria quickly multiple eating away at this and producing more gas with their waste. This leads to a gaseous toxic environment.
- Leaky Gut (including the problems associated with that) The maldigested foods, as explained above, is very irritating to and can compromise the lining of the intestines, where food gets absorbed ideally in its smallest form. Over time, this irritation to the intestinal lining can lead to over-permeability or leaky gut! In the case of Leaky Gut, the over-permeable wall is now allowing foreign and larger particles then normal to pass into the blood stream. This ignites a strong immune response sense 70% of the immune system resides on the intestines guarding what passes though. Over time this process can lead to food allergies and sensitivities which can set the stage for a whole list of chronic conditions including autoimmunity issues.
- Food Sensitivities or Intolerances and even Autoimmunity Explained above.
How my Putting Out the Fire Jumpstart system works: This system is designed to work with your busy lifestyle and it will also boost your energy and vitality so you can continue to keep up with the life you love! There are 3 pillars to any successful system or program:
This system is a 4 step process aimed to:
- Restore your diet with healing foods & herbs
- Repair and Soothe the mucosal lining of the esophagus and stomach
- Replenish enzymatic activity
- Regulate HCl production
By doing so, it will reduce or eliminate pain, enhance the breakdown and absorption of vital nutrients, severely reduce gas and bloating and strengthen the immune system. Basically it will enhance overall digestion which in turn supports every system of your health and therefor will boost your energy and vitality! You will have plenty of support and direction as to what to do next without feeling overwhelmed or confused. This is a step-by-step process so everything is broken down into ‘digestible’ pieces! You will have full accountability with direct private coaching with me for the entire 4 weeks!