How to Combat Acid Reflux
Despite the name, acid reflux is often caused by not having enough stomach acid. Read on…
First let’s to a quick re-cap on acidity and alkalinity.
In order to thrive we need to balance the body’s pH levels; this means blood that is alkaline and a stomach that is acidic. The pH range goes from 1-14, with 14 being the most alkaline.
If we are constantly eating acid-forming foods like red meat, coffee and soda our body will have to work harder to keep the blood alkaline – eventually drawing alkaline minerals from our bones. Cue osteoporosis.
The perfect pH for the stomach on the other hand is 1.9, which is ‘so acidic it would burn you if it touched your skin’ according to Dr. Libby Weaver author of Accidentally Overweight. We need adequate stomach acid to break down food as well as effectively absorb nutrients like B12.
So indigestion and acid reflux – as well as nutrient deficiencies - are often caused by a lack of stomach acid.
So what can you do? Interestingly the best way to heal your gut and prevent acid-reflux is to eat more alkaline foods. See the list below:
* Hot water and lemon – get your digestive juices flowing in the morning with this age-old remedy.
* Fermented foods - like kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha bolster the integrity of your gut and repopulate it with healthy bacteria.
* Calm with chamomile - it eases the burn associated with acid reflux (also great for children with colic).
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