Heartburn and indigestion are the most common complaints of customers seeking our advice. Most likely, they have tried over the counter remedies and even prescription medication, these work at first, but their effectiveness seems to wear off or the problem often re-occurs.
I would like to tell you why I think that over the counter or prescription medications often aren’t effective, and what you can do instead.
Most people will tell me that, if they suffer from indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) it is because they have ‘too much acid’ in their stomach. They can feel the acid burning their stomach, they can taste the acid when they have heartburn, so they must have too much acid in their stomach right?? WRONG!!
It is widely recognised in the world of alternative medicine that acid reflux/ heartburn is actually a symptom of low stomach acid. If there is enough hydrochloric acid initially for digestion, then the stomach does not over produce acid after eating or spasm. If no excess acid or spasm occurs, then no heartburn will occur. As we age, our stomach acid and enzymes deplete. This is why older people suffer indigestion and heartburn more than children or young adults.
What is the solution to Heartburn?
Consider taking a digestive enzyme with hydrochloric acid before meals.
Digestive enzymes break down foods. If you take them before meals, you are giving yourself better digestive capability. If you have the ingredients to digest your food, you are less likely to go into spasm or produce excess acid. Digestive enzymes also help you to get energy from the food that you eat and reduce bloating.
Try herbal teas like yarrow, fennel or peppermint instead of ordinary tea or coffee.
Herbs like yarrow and fennel contain bitters which stimulate your own bile production. Producing enough of your own bile throughout the day will help reduce heartburn and indigestion at mealtimes.
Take slippery elm powder mixed with water.
When mixed with water and sipped, slippery elm forms a protective, soothing shield within the mouth, throat and stomach. Because slippery elm is a natural, plant substance, it is safe for pretty much anyone to use daily.
Keep your bacteria friendly!
A healthy gut comprises of about 10kg of bacteria. An unhealthy gut has extra bacteria of the unhealthy kind which is often the cause for weight gain around the middle area. Keeping your friendly bacteria levels up, by taking a probiotic supplement will help overall gut and immune health.
If you have any questions in relation to this article please feel free to call in to any Evergreen store and ask for some advice, we would be happy to help! Polly