On this episode of the Get Healthy Alabama podcast we (Dr. George Burroughs and BetyLou Pierce) continue to look at the Digestive System… specifically the stomach and the number one digestive problem of the stomach: Acid Reflux.
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Episode 15 - The Stomach… and Acid Reflux
The first thing you should know about the stomach is that it MUST be acidic for digestion to take place.
To ensure its acidity, Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) is secreted into the stomach whenever the presence of food is detected.
This strong acid serves two important purposes:
1) Destroy any harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites that may be in the food.
2) Activate Pepsin… a digestive enzyme that plays a major role in the breakdown of protein.
When all is well, digestion in the stomach works like a charm. However, when things aren’t working well, symptoms appear.
Bloating, gas, indigestion and heartburn are all signs of improper stomach digestion.
Possible causes are:
Poor food choices
Insufficient Digestive Enzymes
Diluted Digestive Enzymes
Undigested food in the stomach can cause additional problems.
Specifically, undigested food can begin to “rot”. This rotting food can then produce MORE acid.
Excess acid can begin to move up into the esophagus causing heartburn.
What’s the solution?
We DON’T recommend medications like Prilosec, Pepcin, or Nexium.
Because they only mask the symptoms… they DON’T correct the underlying problem.
Plus they are linked with increase chance of stomach cancer, bone fractures and kidney disease.
Instead, we recommend a few simple, common sense tactics that are not only easy to employ… they’re safe and effective at CORRECTING the problem.
You can find out all about them by listening to this episode!
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