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Heal Acid Reflux

In total transparency, the only time I've ever had acid reflux was when I was in my third trimester with my second son.  So compared to a lot of people, I've had it pretty easy in this aspect of health concerns.  However, when I hear clients talk about acid reflux it sounds like straight up misery.  Besides pregnancy, obesity and certain food sensitivities can cause acid reflux.  Eating large meals and then bending over or laying down can also cause acid reflux to occur and many assume this is because of too much acid in the stomach, when in fact, the opposite is most likely true. 

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The most common symptoms associated with acid reflux are heartburn and an unpleasant regurgitation of acid buildup.  According to Web MD, other less common symptoms are bloating, vomiting, burping, dysphagia (the sensation of food being stuck in your throat), hiccups, nausea, weight loss and a dry cough or a sore throat.  

Surprisingly, many people with reflux or heartburn actually have too little stomach acid, a condition called hypochlorhydria.  The stomach produces hydrochloric acid as part of the normal digestive process, but if there isn't enough, symptoms of reflux will occur along with less optimal absorption of nutrients from the food you eat.  

So if you suffer from acid reflux, the answer is not to reduce the acid in your stomach, the answer is to support healthy acid production.  You can't actually eat acid, but you can stimulate your stomach to make more hydrochloric acid (which will activate your digestive enzymes to work better and reduce overall symptoms).  

To do this naturally, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal, especially large meals such as dinner.  

As an alternative, you could try a Hydrochloric (HCl) Acid supplement (preferably taken with a pepsin).

During cooler weather, I absolutely love the following recipe that uses apple cider vinegar as its base and many of my clients have also become quite fond of this drink as well!  Drink this once or twice a day to support healthy stomach acid production. 

Add the following to one mug of hot water:

1/2 squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

(I also like a dash of cinnamon on top)

Also take a break from alcohol, chocolate, citrus, tomatoes, peppermint, onions, garlic and high-fat meals which can trigger symptoms associated with low stomach acid. 

As always, remember that all information given on this site is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace the medical guidance given by your doctor.