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What causes heartburn and GERD?

heartburnWhat causes heartburn and GERD?  Why do people chronically suffer from these ailments for years on end?  Do they have to take antacids for the rest of their lives?  Are heartburn and GERD caused by an antacid deficiency??  

Are you catching my sarcasm?  

Stomach acid is an integral part of our digestion.  Without it we wouldn’t be able to neutralize and kill harmful bacteria that enters the body through the food we eat, we wouldn’t be able to properly digest and absorb the nutrients we eat (including b12 which is paramount for methylation).

Low stomach acid actually allows bacteria in our stomach to thrive.  Guess what their main food source is?  Carbohydrates (read: SUGAR!).  So when we have low stomach acid and eat carbohydrate rich meals, unwanted excess bacteria in our stomachs feast.  Their waste product is hydrogen.  Hydrogen is what gives us that bloated feeling.  That bloating is what pushes stomach acid up through the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) and into the esophagus where it causes heartburn, GERD, and erosion to the lining of the esophagus.

So, with that knowledge, if LOW stomach acid is part of the cause of heartburn and GERD, and if stomach acid is THAT important for killing harmful bacteria, digestion and methylation, then…

Why are pharmaceutical companies and doctors bent on REDUCING or completely neutralizing stomach acid by prescribing antacids or proton-pump inhibitors???

The answer is that they are looking at the obvious.  It is acid that is causing the heartburn, GERD, and esophageal erosion, so the logical and obvious thought is – neutralize the stomach acid and stop the heartburn, GERD, and erosion.

And it works!  For a short while, at least.  It takes away the symptoms, but it doesn’t address the cause!

And all the while, antacids invite harmful bacteria to take hold in the stomach, cause malnutrition, and disrupt methylation.

It’s the perfect example of how addressing the symptoms and not the cause can lead to other more serious health problems.

If you suffer from heartburn or GERD, ask your doctor to test your stomach acid levels.  They might be low!  There are other, more informal ways to test your stomach acid

Many people find permanent relief from heartburn and GERD from supplementing with HCL (hydrochloric acid) and reducing their carbohydrate intake (thus greatly reducing the main food source of the unfriendly bacteria in their stomachs).

Pass this on to anyone you know that regularly takes antacids!  

Thanks for reading!


Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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