GERD/Heartburn/Ulcers- Relief is here!
Heartburn, GERD, and Ulcers result from poor lifestyle habits and are almost always PREVENTABLE and
Why do we NEED Stomach Acid?
HCl (stomach acid) assists in protein digestion, protects against orally ingested diseases (bacteria and parasites),
and helps prevent bacterial and fungal overgrowth in the small intestine.
HCl stimulates bicarbonate and bile secretion which protects against heartburn. Bicarbonate acts to neutralize the
acid before it reaches the intestines, thus preventing ulcers of the intestines (this is good!).
HCl is needed for breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients such as minerals, B-vitamins, and many
others. Without enough stomach acid you will become vitamin and mineral deficient. Your metabolism will suffer
from low stomach acid production and it could cause you to gain weight.
When HCl is sufficient enough to drop the pH below 2.5 (highly acidic), mucus is produced in the stomach lining to
protect the stomach from ulcers (again, this is good!).
What Happens when Stomach Acid is Low?
When HCl (stomach acid) is low or suppressed by antacids all of the important benefits listed above are reduced.
Nutrient deficiencies, ulcers and GERD are likely to develop.
Symptoms of low stomach acid include bloating after eating, indigestion, belching, burping, flatulence,
prolonged fullness, bad breath, partial loss of taste or smell (due to Zinc deficiency), difficult bowel movements,
difficulty swallowing, unintentional weight loss, history of anemia, sores in corner of mouth, smooth tongue, and
spoon shaped nails.
Conditions associated with low stomach acid include Ulcers, GERD, Gastritis, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Lupus
Erythematosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Sjogren’s disease, Thyrotoxicosis,
Ulcerative Colitis, Urticaria, and Vitiligo.
Side effects of Tagamet (Cimetidine) and Pepcid (Famotidine) include headache, male breast development,
agitation, anxiety, confusion, depression, disorientation, and hallucinations.
Side effects of proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec (Omeprazole) Prevacid, and Nexium also include small
intestine bacterial overgrowth of both oral and fecal type bacteria which may result in further gut dysfunction.
Users of these drugs face double the risk of developing pneumonia compared with non-users.
A study at the University of California showed that peptic ulcers treated with 1 liter/day of cabbage juice cured
100% of the patients in the study with no recurrence! Fresh ginger juice in large amounts of has also been shown
to cure ulcers.
Natural cures are available.
What can be done?
1) Ask yourself “WHY AM I TAKING ANTACIDS?”- They might be killing you! Work with Dr. Webster. He will be
able to provide you with a plan to fit your needs with regards to lifestyle changes such as diet, supplementation,
2) Eat something bitter before meals to stimulate stomach acid production. Good choices include lemons, limes,
kale, a couple ounces of apple cider vinegar, or supplements such as Digest from MediHerb. This works well for
ulcers, heartburn, and GERD and is especially crucial for patients who have developed Barret’s esophagus which
is a pre-cancerous condition of the throat caused by chronic GERD.
3) NEVER OVER EAT. When the stomach is full, it has no room to churn and digest the food inside it. Excess
food also dilutes stomach acid. Remember, a healthy digestive system requires high amounts of stomach acid for
proper digestion so you don’t want to dilute it. The food will eventually ferment in the stomach which causes
organic acids (not stomach acid) to “blow up” into the esophagus, causing GERD. High HCl would have quickly
and properly dissolved the food and stopped this process from occurring.
4) RELAX WHILE YOU EAT. Stress halts the digestive process. Digestion is important but unfortunately it is not
high on the priority list when it comes to your nervous system. Your brain would rather protect you from a tiger
attack or some other dangerous situation than waste energy on digestion. Try to relax during and after your
meals. If you are relaxed, you will be able to devote enough energy and blood supply to the gut to properly digest
and absorb your food. Don’t eat and drive!
5) CHEW YOUR FOOD! Really, chew it up well. This helps in two ways; 1st, chewing stimulates your brain to
send a signal to your stomach saying "It's time to eat. Make some acid." And we now know how important stomach
acid is. 2nd, by chewing more, your food is much easier for your stomach to digest.
6) AVOID ICE WATER WITH MEALS. Excess water, especially cold water, will dilute your stomach acid. Only
drink enough water with your meals to prevent yourself from choking. Drink plenty of water between meals to
maintain proper hydration.
6) Iodine is required to make stomach acid so an Iodine deficiency could result in indigestion. Read more about
Iodine as it relates to thyroid, indigestion and cancers.
7) Utilize pharmaceutical grade supplements in an appropriate manner. There are products that can sooth a
burning ulcer, provide HCl, stimulate natural stomach acid production, and improve overall digestion. Everyone is
different so everyone requires a unique supplementation plan.
Call Dr. Webster to customize and monitor your health plan.
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