Health professionals may be changing their tune when it comes to heartburn and acid reflux. Rather than having an overabundance of stomach acid, you might actually have too little stomach acid. Via The Scam of Heartburn and Indigestion. We’ve All Been Fooled:
According to Jonathan Wright, MD of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington state, when stomach acid is measured in people suffering from heartburn and GERD it is almost always low, not high.
Thus, for most people, heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion are due to a lack of stomach acid (HCl), not too much. If you are not producing enough stomach acid, the food will churn longer and remain in the stomach for hours.When the food does not keep moving on through the GI tract, it sits in the stomach and ferments. This causes a level of discomfort that feels like reflux.
Might want to rethink those acid blockers! My nutritional consultant Julie of Your New Vitality, recommended I take 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar twice a day, particularly when I’m taking my calcium supplement, and increase my intake of real sea salt. I suffer from low absorption of minerals and these steps should help with both acid reflux and nutrient absorption. Fingers crossed!