It is very common to think that heartburn is caused by excessive acids going out from your stomach and into your oesophagus, causing this burning feeling, often accompanied by pain and irritation. You may be very surprised to learn that in the majority of cases reflux is caused by low rather than excess gastric acid (Hypochlorhydria). Imagine taking antacids to manage heartburn when you are already producing less acid!
Other parameters that should be researched in order to identify the underlying cause of your heartburn is:
Hiatal hernia can be ruled out by endoscopy, reflex or muscle testing.
A Lactulose Breath test can be ordered through your practitioner.
A comprehensive digestive stool test can help you rule out pancreatic digestive insufficiency. Talk to your practitioner about it. Low stool chymotrypsin or elastase will indicate low pancreatic enzymes.
The simplest way to manage heartburn is to avoid certain foods, chemicals, and habits that aggravate the problem (but that are not necessarily the trigger, rather mediators).
Cut out the CRAP !
Here is a more extensive list of medications that can cause reflux by relaxing the oesophageal sphincter (between your stomach and your oesophagus):
Having talked about low stomach acid, you might imagine that it is not always wise to gulp down the one antacid tablet after the other without thinking a moment to think what is the reason behind your symptoms. Further blocking the production of stomach acid when it is already low, will only add to your problem. There are many natural alternatives that can work on the deeper cause of your problem. Talk to your practitioner in order to find out together what is the reason of your suffering, before starting any medical or supplemental protocol.
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