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The First Two Acid Reflux Solutions To Try

Acid reflux is almost never caused by having too much stomach acid.  Rather, it’s about stomach (gastric) digestive juices bring in the wrong place, irritating unprotected tissue in our esophagus.  Anti-acid medications are not a solution!  They are a band-aid.  With major risks.  Our challenge as practitioners is to help each client get rid of their unique triggers for reflux, so they may stop taking acid-suppressing medications as soon as possible.

In particular, clients taking Proton Pump Inhibitor medications (e.g. Prilosec, Nexium) longer than a few weeks are substantially reducing their ability to get sufficient nutrition from their food.  Over time, this can lead to major amino acid deficiencies (from protein – which often first shows up as neurotransmitter imbalance e.g. anxiety, depression) and mineral deficiencies (especially iron (think anemia, sluggish thyroid) and magnesium (think headache, constipation, anxiety, and hypertension or and atrial fibrillation)).   Even the FDA has formally warned for these risks!  You have to help your clients to address the unique root causes of their reflux before they try to wean off of their medications (and this cannot be done suddenly and without other supplemental support!)

If you want to know more about acid reflux, you will enjoy this additional Clinical Tip post with more info detail about common causes and simple solutions for your clients.

For those of you passionate about G.I. disorder and dis-ease (it’s a very lucrative target market!), you will get tremendous value from this SAFM Deep Dive Clinical Course:  Disease Begins in the Gut 101 (it also covers withdrawing from PPI medications, healing leaky gut, and addressing food sensitivities in depth).  The follow-on course Disease Begins in the Gut 202 builds on this foundation and gets into detail about understanding and resolving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as well as targeted use of probiotics.

2 Questions for “The First Two Acid Reflux Solutions To Try”

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    Shika Kudjoe says:

    Mixing ACV with bicarbonate soda and water gives temporary relief for heartburn. How safe is the mixture and if client is comfortable with it, is it safe to continue to use it on a daily basis without any long term effects

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      SAFM Team says:

      It is actually the highly alkaline baking soda that gives relief from the heartburn (even at 1/4 tsp or less). While this can be a helpful triage intervention of acid reflux discomfort, it is dramatically increasing the pH of stomach fluids and impairing digestion and is thus not a good ongoing choice. It is creating low stomach acidity. Again, with the functional medicine lens, our opportunity is to get to the root cause of the acid reflux and make it go away, so this type of triage (but counter-productive) intervention is not necessary. The baking soda would be similar to taking a “TUMS” or similar high-mineral-containing remedy to neutralize stomach acid. I would never recommend this for daily use because it would promote ongoing impairment in digestion.

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