Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Does Soda Stop Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is arguably the most preventable digestive
problem on the planet.

Because unlike Crohn's or colitis for example, which also
have an immune system component, acid reflux is 100%,
completely and totally the result of what you eat.

There is no "disease" process going on here.

Acid reflux is simply the result of your stomach
attempting to break down processed foods and poor food
combinations that you've eaten that are next to impossible
to digest.

And it does the only thing it knows how to do--secrete
acid over and over again.

Besides the obvious overabundance of acid which lights
your chest on fire and slides up your throat, this creates
a cycle of other not-so-good effects.

See if any of these sound like you:

1- Hungry all the time

Excess acid destroys the naturally occurring nutrients in
your foods. But since your body's hunger signal is
triggered by a need for nutrients (not by a physical
absence of food in your stomach), if you're not getting
nutrients from your food, you end up feeling hungry almost

And that, my friend, leads to overeating and lots more of
you to love.

2- Pain everywhere - not just in your chest

Excess acidity in your digestive system doesn't just stay
put. It also gets absorbed into your bloodstream and is
transported all over your body.

This leads to inflammation all over. Inflammatory
conditions that are linked to excess body acidity include
migraines, lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic
fatigue syndrome, to name a few.

Plus your body uses up its own supply of alkaline minerals
to neutralize the acid in your blood, one of which is
calcium from your bones. (Can you say osteoporosis?)

3- Trouble down below

Food that is not digested well in the stomach doesn't
travel "down the road" very well either.

This results in gas, pain, bloating, constipation and
diarrhea, and waste build-up in your colon, and can
eventually lead to diverticulosis.

Acid reflux "remedies"

Now, here's the best part. The typical "remedy" for acid
reflux is, of course, drugs. Antacids. Acid reducers.
PPIs (like the purple pill).

But they make the problem WORSE--not better.

They "work" by neutralizing or reducing the acid in your
stomach. But your stomach needs acid to digest proteins.
So all the purple pill does is ruin your digestion (and
lead to trouble down under like in #3 above).

The problem is NOT acid--it's EXCESS acid. They're 2
different things.

Spicy foods are not the devil

What makes matters worse is that the medical community
refuses to acknowledge that diet is responsible for acid

The only dietary advice typically given to acid reflux
sufferers is to avoid things like spicy foods and citrus
fruits--advice that is useless and has no basis in fact.

Spices and citrus fruits are alkalizing to your body, so
they're actually GOOD for acid reflux. So what you've been
told is actually harming you even more. Ironic, huh?

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